Best Neighbourhoods in Ottawa

Best Neighbourhoods in Ottawa

Updated September 25, 2020

Where are the best places to live in Ottawa? Not sure which part of the city is the best neighbourhood? We've studied the numbers from the latest census data and put together a top 10 list of the nicest neighbourhoods in Ottawa. We also include our picks for the best family neighbourhoods in Ottawa.

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Here are some of the criteria we used to determine the best places to live in Ottawa:

  • Which neighbourhoods have the lowest crime levels?
  • What is the average income level for each location?
  • How much greenspace or park area is there?
  • Are most of the homes in good repair?

...and more


Understanding Ottawa's Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhood Choosing Tool

The best neighbourhoods in Ottawa are:

  • 1. Kanata Lakes - Marchwood - Morgan's Grant
  • 2. Hunt Club Woods - Quinterra - Revelstoke
  • 3. Riverside South Leitrim
  • 4. Orleans Chapel Hill
  • 5. Stittsville
  • 6. Bridlewood - Emerald Meadows
  • 7. Merivale Gardens - Grenfell Glen, Pineglen and Country Place
  • 8. Crystal Bay - Lakeview Park
  • 9. Island Park
  • 10. Orleans Village - Chateauneuf
Please note: These house prices were last updated several years ago. We are currently working on brining you more up to date info.

Orleans Village-Chateauneuf

You'll find Orleans Village-Chateauneuf nestled between St. Joseph Boulevard and Innes Rd. in the East end of Ottawa. The community of Orleans Village-Chateuneuf is vibrant and ethnically diverse. This neighbourhood ranked well for us because of a low crime level, low unemployment, and affordable housing. Residents of this area are generally well educated and have an average family income of $98,000 which is higher than average in Ottawa.


Island Park

Island Park is a beautiful neighbourhood with mature trees and gorgeous homes. At the South End of Island Park is the beautiful Experimental Farm. At the North End is the Ottawa River Parkway and Champlain Bridge which connects to Quebec. The residents of Island Park are well educated with an average family income of $117,873. There are several kilometers of scenic walking and bike paths in this neighbourhood. While many of the homes are older and in need of repair, the overall feel of Island Park is one of elegance and class.


Crystal Bay - Lakeview Park

The neighbourhood of Crystal Bay boasts a beautiful view of the Ottawa River and many scenic bicycle trails. The population tends to be well educated and affluent with an average household income of $106,000. The population of this part of Ottawa is older than most in the city. They tend to have well maintained homes and lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation.


Merivale Gardens, Grenfell Glen, Pineglen and Country Place

You'll find nice, detached and well maintained homes in this subdivision of Ottawa. Crime Rates are low and average family incomes are high at $127,000. People who live here tend to be healthier than the rest of Ottawa. You'll also find lots of opportunity for recreation.


Bridlewood - Emerald Meadows

Detailed information on Bridlewood and Emerald Meadows

This is a really cute and unique neighbourhood! You'll find young, growing families here. As it is a relatively new neighbourhood (most homes are under 25 years old), the homes are generally in good repair. Similarly, the residents of Bridlewood-Emerald Meadows are healthier than most of the city. Were it not for traffic congestion issues, this neighbourhood would likely have ranked higher, but the City of Ottawa is currently working on a plan to reduce traffic problems in Bridlewood.



Detailed information on Stittsville

If you haven't visited Stittsville, you should! It's a vibrant family oriented community with lots of opportunities for recreation, very little crime and a well educated population having an average family income of $116,000. You'll find Stittsville just west of the city (it used to be considered a suburb of Ottawa, but it is officially a part of Ottawa since amalgamation.)


Orleans Chapel Hill

This community, on the Eastern side of Ottawa is an active and fun community! Homes in Orleans Chapel Hill are in great shape and crime is extremely low. You'll find lots of bike and walking paths. Perhaps this is why residents of this neighbourhood tend to be healthier than most! The average family income in this area is $125,000.


Riverside South Leitrim

This neighbourhood is rapidly growing and really starting to look great! Riverside South is continually expanding. You'll find a good number of young families in this community. The health the population is better than most in the city as is the average family income of $115,000.


Hunt Club Woods-Quinterra-Revelstoke

This is a well established neighbourhood in Ottawa with a culturally diverse population. You'll find very little crime, homes that are in good condition, and an average family income of $110,000. If you love nature, this is a great place to be, especially with the beautiful Rideau River in its midst. Residents of this community are among the most active and healthiest in the city!



Kanata Lakes - Marchwood Lakeside - Morgan's Grant

Detailed information on Kanata Lakes and Morgan's Grant.

And here it is! The best neighbourhood in Ottawa is the area of Kanata Lakes and Morgan's Grant. You'll find this community in the west end of Ottawa. It's well known for the Centrum Shopping Centre. You'll find that people who live here are generally healthy, and well off with an average family income of $130,000. You'll also find lots of parks and opportunities for outdoor recreation here. This neighbourhood is only 10 minutes away from the former Nortel Campus which is now the owned by the Department of National Defence. This makes homes in this area quite desirable as they are in high demand.


Understanding Ottawa's Neighbourhoods

Bonus: Best neighbourhoods in Ottawa for families

If you're looking to move to Ottawa and you have a family, any of the above neighbourhoods would likely be a good choice for you. Here are some more honourable mentions:

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