Neighbourhoods in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region

Our love for Ottawa runs deep—it’s where we got our start and where we continue to live, work, and invest. The city’s known for combining small-town friendliness with big-city amenities, as well as for its ample greenspace, year-round festivals, and vibrant food and entertainment scene. For renters new to Ottawa, we’ve put together neighbourhood guides to help you find an apartment in the location that’s right for you.

Bordered by the Ottawa River and home to the Rideau Canal, the ByWard Market, and the University of Ottawa, Downtown Ottawa is where history meets modern urban living. The walkable neighbourhood is also one of the city’s most accessible, with the LRT, Transitway, and most major bus routes. It offers shopping, dining, and entertainment, and it’s just a short distance from the vibrant communities of Little Italy, Chinatown, Centretown, and the Golden Triangle.

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Stretching from the Westboro Village to Shirley’s Bay, and bordered by Highway 417 on the south and the Ottawa River on the north, Ottawa West is known for its parks, sports fields, and family-friendly vibe. It’s also home to Bayshore Shopping Centre and Algonquin College. The Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway and the 417 both offer easy access to central Ottawa, and the parkway offers scenic, riverside trails for walking and biking. A great choice for anyone looking for a quieter neighbourhood that’s accessible to downtown and other vibrant communities for shopping and dining.

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Located east of the Rideau River and south of the Ottawa River, Ottawa East is one of the city’s fastest developing communities. With a desirable location close to the downtown core and the trendy New Edinburgh neighbourhood, the area is increasingly popular with young families. It’s two big malls, St. Laurent Shopping Centre and Place d’Orleans, are popular shopping destinations as well as transit hubs for major rail and bus routes.

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Covering a large area south of downtown and east of the Rideau River, Ottawa South consists of residential pockets connected by major streets and thoroughfares, making it a popular choice for families and young professionals commuting to downtown. A mix of mature suburbs and newer developments, it's known for its strong community vibe, easily accessible public transportation, good elementary and high schools, and ample green space. North of the area is Ottawa’s eclectic Glebe neighbourhood. A strip of independent shops, restaurants, and bars runs down Bank Street south of the Sunnyside Bridge.

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Located on the northern bank of the Ottawa River and immediately across from downtown Ottawa, Gatineau is the Francophone hub of the National Capital Region. Home to attractions like the Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau Park, and the Casino du Lac-Leamy, it also offers quick access to the ByWard Market and the University of Ottawa, making it perfect for students and those who work in the core. Residents enjoy its vast greenspaces and the vibrant nightlife scene in the downtown Vieux-Hull neighbourhood.

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