New Edinburgh offers all the quiet friendliness of village life, combined with easy access to Ottawa’s urban core.
Founded in 1832 at the Rideau Falls by Scottish industrialist Thomas McKay, most original settlers were Scottish or Irish mill-workers. In 1867, however, a new generation of civil servants arrived, mostly English, followed by an influx of German workers. Four churches in the village – Anglican, United and Lutheran – reflect this history. A new interest in heritage developed in the 1960’s encouraged many newcomers to restore their houses as architectural treasure. Nearly half of the houses pre-date 1900 and the atmosphere is strongly 19th century.
With a population of just over 3,000 today, New Edinburgh has been part of Ottawa since 1887, but it retains a remarkable integrity. Rivers define it on two sides and the Residence of the Governor General of Canada on the third. Beechwood Avenue to the south, offers shops and lots of amenities for everyday living.
New Edinburgh is a diverse community. French and English alike are heard on its streets. Generations of families continue to live here, alongside a newer influx of young professionals, many of whom work at the nearby headquarters of Global Affairs Canada. Excellent neighbourhood schools and a wide variety of local programs are available for young families.
New Edinburgh – for its historical character, access to parkland and services and friendly sense of itself as a community – combines the best of past and present, village and city.
Lindenlea is adjacent to New Edinburgh. Established in 1918 the houses in Lindenlea were originally built as homes for veterans of the 1st World War, making this one of the first established communities in Ottawa.
Energy and zest of life are evident in this terrific neighbourhood with an outstanding community spirit. There is a wonderful park in the centre of Lindenlea where neighbours meet for skating in the winter, the Spring plant sale, movie night, community garage sales and more! The community centre in Lindenlea is renowned for programs for both children and adults. The tennis courts run lessons and summer camps.
Lindenlea is within walking distance to Ottawa’s top schools and close to all that Beechwood offers.