Nepean and Kanata are two of the biggest districts in West Ottawa, each one with a unique blend of people and businesses. From shopping centres to natural open valleys, West Ottawa accomodates any kind of lifestyle, budget and living experience.

Sports fanatics can play a round of golf on any course in Kanata with a ClubLink membership or take a pick of activities at Nepean’s Sportsplex. There’s no shortage of parks to explore any season of the year-Ottawa has dozens in the West alone.

Sections of the Ottawa River Parkway are only a nine-minute walk from Parkway Towers (1021 Ambleside Drive), featuring kilometres of paved walking and bike paths alongside the Ottawa River. Carlington Park, another spacious lot that is just a 15-minute walk north from Merivale Manor (1220 Merivale Road), carries the Carlington Sledding Hill, J. Alph Dulude Arena and four baseball diamonds.

Foodies can enjoy hundreds of fine restaurants, including Gezellig in Westboro Village. Their menu features world-class dishes and wines from around the world. It’s only an 8-minute drive east on Richmond Avenue from Lincoln Park Tower (1330 Richmond Avenue). Take in a staged play or show at the grand Centrepoint Theatre before or after dinner. Recent and upcoming performances include Les Miserable and the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame.

One of the best parts of Ottawa is the unique variety of landmarks and attractions. West Ottawa is near the Arboretum, adjacent to the Central Experimental Farm. Situated along Dows Lake, the Rideau Canal and Prince of Wales Drive, the Arboretum has many long paths and a variety of exotic flora to explore. The area also includes bicycle paths and park benches throughout.

Getting around is easy with Ottawa’s reliable public transportation system, in addition to carpool, park-and-ride and express route options. OC Transpo has dozens of routes in the West that bring passengers throughout the city for $3.30. Transfers are good for convenient two-way travel within a 90-minute time frame. It’s also easy to stay environmentally friendly with citywide carpool programs and many locations to park your car for free at major bus terminals.

There’s no better living than the apartments offered by Osgoode Properties, a premier property owner and manager in Ottawa and all over Canada. Properties like Lakeview Apartments (360 Croydon Avenue) include most utilities like heat, hydro and water. Best of all, tenants can enjoy picnic areas, outdoor pools, party rooms and more without ever leaving the building. Apartments with features like these make the West among the best places to live in Ottawa.

Ottawa West is an affordable area for living and recreation. Take the time during your next visit to explore this hidden gem in the City of Ottawa.