Alta Vista is a quiet neighbourhood in transition. Large lots with mature trees and proximity to urban amenities lure buyers eager to renovate small homes or to build dream homes. It has a spacious country feel but is only two minutes to downtown!
Alta Vista is filled with open spaces, quiet streets, and pathways meandering through forest – a dog walker’s paradise! Grasshopper Hill serves as a meeting point for dogs and their owners, and is cherished by nature lovers for exploring with kids and families.
The Rideau Park United Church serves as an important community gathering place and accurately reflects the area’s demogaphic. A Farmer’s Market is held there during the warmer months. The Alta Vista Public Library, Canterbury Community Centre and outdoor skating rink are other pillars of the community.
The current configuration of the neighbourhood – bound by Riverside Drive and Bank St on the east, Kilborn Ave on the south, Smyth Road on the north and a strip of National Capital Commission green space on west- follows fairly closely to the lines of the old Billings farmlands.
The residential development over a 50 year span has given Alta Vista an interesting diversity. Ranch-style bungalows built on large lots is a defining charasteristic of the area.