A haven for those who want to play where they live.
Bordering the Rideau River and Rideau Canal, Old Ottawa residents enjoy both the serenity and vibrancy of nearby waterfront and parks. Community parks namely, Brantwood and Windsor Park are connected by meandering pathways alongside the river.
Brewer Park, by far the largest, offers baseball diamonds, soccer fields, colourful play structures, water structures, swings and in winter an oval for winter skating, outdoor hockey rink, indoor arena and Brewer indoor pool.
The Ottawa Tennis Club, built in 1923, is one of Canada’s oldest clubs. It boasts an expansive verandah overlooking 18 soft courts, swimming pool, beach volleyball, a social meeting place and eatery it is known to many Ottawans as their ‘Cottage in the City’.
The extension of streetcars south on Bank Street and the construction of an arched concrete bridge in 1912 spurred urban growth in this area. Today Bank Street is alive with antique dealers, coffee shops, restaurants, pubs, bakeries and the Mayfair Theatre. The community is favoured with excellent schools and thriving communities centres in the Old Firehall on Sunnyside Avenue and in the Old Town Hall on Main Street.
The predominant architectural style of housing is ‘Foursquare’ which lends well to one or two storey additions. The hallmarks of this style include a square design, two-and-one-half stories high, usually with four boxy rooms on the second floor and a center dormer.
The Flora footbridge between Fifth Avenue and Clegg Avenue connects Old Ottawa East and The Glebe, allowing residents easy access to a host of diverse amenities each community offers.