Named for Mel Barr who was the original developer, Barrhaven is a rapidly growing suburban neighbourhood located in the southwest corner of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Within a leisurely 20 km (12 miles) drive to downtown Ottawa, Barrhaven, prior to the amalgamation with Ottawa, was located within the city of Nepean. Its population is approximately 52,197 residents (as of the 2006 Canadian Census).
Graced with abundant parks and open space, Barrhaven can claim to be one of the newest suburbs developed along the Greenbelt. From his original 200-acre tract, Barr helped fuel the rapid residential growth the area has experienced although commercial development was slower to gain traction. Today, much has changed as the Barrhaven Town Centre retail complex provides residents a combination of big box stores and a variety of other commercial establishments, including Re/Max Affiliates Realty Ltd. Indicative of sizable growth experienced in Barrhaven, many smaller shopping malls now dot the landscape. High-tech employers began a migration in the area in the 1990s as highlighted by corporations like JDS Uniphase and Nortel. Recently, the RCMP announced Barrhaven as the new home of their National Headquarters.
As the area began to grow, the need for superior public schools in the National Capital Region increased. Barrhaven students got their very own high school in 1998 when Mother Teresa High School (Catholic) opened. Shortly thereafter, the John McCrae Secondary School (public) opened in 1999. Other schools followed, including St. Joseph High School, another Catholic high school, and a tremendous number and variety of exceptional elementary schools.
Homes in Barrhaven run the gamut from affordable condominiums and townhomes, to upscale, executive homes in the golf course community of Stonebridge. In the older area of Barrhaven, the winding streets are a refreshing change from the more traditional grid pattern most cities utilized in their early formative years. However, in the newer areas, the neighbourhood plan adheres to the more traditional block system. Because of abundant dedicated parks and open, Barrhaven continues to be an attractive area to call home. Combined with excellent area schools and numerous parks and playgrounds, mainly built in since 2000, Barrhaven is a popular destination for families relocating with numerous nearby tech-centric employers. Add the Walter Baker Sports Centre which contains a library and other facilities and this area is all the more appealing.
Another reason this southwest corner of the city of Ottawa is so popular is because it remains incredibly family-friendly. Beyond being naturally beautiful, the community is affectionately known as “Far Haven” or “The Haven”. This quiet refuge for families is conveniently located along excellent public transportation options, including the Fallowfield bus line and the VIA Rail lines, plus three local routes, 170, 186, and 173 loop through the community. Great amenities, outstanding schools, convenient transportation services and exceptional recreational facilities make Barrhaven a special neighbourhood to call home.
Barrhaven is home to an extensive selection of Catholic and public elementary and secondary schools, such as Farley Mowat Public School, John McCrae Secondary School and École Élémentaire Catholique Pierre Elliot Trudeau; as well as a wide variety of local churches like Barrhaven New Life Church, Haven Baptist Church and Sequoia Community Church. Residents of this lovely Ottawa neighbourhood can take advantage of a plethora of recreational opportunities around various local parks, the Walter Baker Sports Centre, a branch of the Ottawa Public Library, the Stonebridge Golf & Country Club, the Barrhaven Tennis Club and so much more. Within Barrhaven’s boundaries you’ll also find great opportunities for shopping around local shops and grocery stores, and at the area’s big box stores like Winners, Staples and Wal Mart.
This beautiful Ottawa neighbourhood, divided into various quiet suburbs such as Barrhaven on the Green, Winding Way and Chapman Mills, boasts of a huge selection and style of suburban homes, townhomes and condominiums as well as great local amenities and fantastic public transit services – Barrhaven residents and visitors alike can take advantage of Ottawa’s OC Transpo bus routes170, 173 and 186, as well as VIA Rail’s train routes 1A and 2A. If you’re looking to move to an Ottawa neighbourhood that can provide you with everything you need and so much more, then you’re going to love what Barrhaven has in store for you. With the help of local realtors Geoff and Bobbie McGowan, you’ll be able to get top dollar for your home and find a great new home that’s perfect for you and your whole family. So if you want to get your hands on fantastic professional services like free market evaluations, relocation packages, housing market reports and so much more, call Geoff and Bobbie McGowan today!
Public Elementary Schools:
Adrienne Clarkson Elementary School
Barrhaven Public School
Berrigan Elementary School
Farley Mowat Public School
Jockvale Elementary School
Mary Honeywell Elementary School
Public Intermediate Schools:
Cedarview Middle School
Public Secondary Schools:
John McCrae Secondary School
Catholic Elementary Schools:
École Élémentaire Catholique Jean-Robert Gauthier
École Élémentaire Catholique Pierre Elliot Trudeau
Monsignor Paul Baxter School
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School
St. Emily Elementary School
St. Luke Elementary school
St. Patrick Catholic School
St. Andrew Catholic School
Catholic Secondary Schools:
Mother Teresa Catholic High School
St. Joseph High School
Barrhaven Community Church
Barrhaven New Life Church
Barrhaven United Church
Barrhaven Fellowship Christian Reformed Church
Cedarview Alliance Church
Grace Baptist Church of Ottawa
Sequoia Community Church
St. John the Divine Anglican Church
Haven Baptist Church
St. Andrew Roman Catholic Parish
New Covenant Community
Divine Word Evangelical Lutheran Church
Ottawa Agape Chinese Alliance Church
Longfields Community Church
Barrhaven Recreation Centres
Walter Baker Sports Centre
Barrhaven Tennis Club
Barrhaven Scottish Rugby Club
Stonebridge Golf & Country Club
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