Alta Vista Neighbourhood Guide

Nestled between Smyth Road to the north, Walkley Road to the east, and the greenspace underneath Haig Drive is Alta Vista - a quiet neighbourhood that gives you serenity while also being minutes away from Rideau Canal and the best of Ottawa living.



Alta Vista has roots that date back to the early 1890s. Known originally as Rideau Park, the area was part of the Billings Estate and was for market gardeners. Alta Vista, as we know it today, developed its identity in the late 1930s when it was part of Gloucester Township before being annexed by Ottawa in 1950. The suburban homes that sprawl throughout Alta Vista were built during this time. The reason Alta Vista carries the name that it does is because this neighbourhood is more elevated and sits on the rise above the Rideau River Valley - offering different and arguably better views of the city.



There is no shortage of shopping locations in Alta Vista! You can enjoy Elmvale Acres and Billings Bridge Shopping Centre. However, if you prefer the outdoors, Vincent Massey Park is a must-see with its vast fields perfect for barbecues, picnics, sports and hiking. Other great green spaces in the neighbourhood are Lynda Lane Park, Kilborn Park-Grasshopper Hill and Orlando Park which stretch across the community in one continuous park giving residences access to lots of open park space. The Alta Vista Community Association also hosts many community events throughout the year, including the Annual Picnic and Awesome Alta Vista Garage Sale.


Particular favourite haunts of this neighbourhood are the Pelican Seafood Market and Grill and Bergham. When visiting Pelican Seafood Market and Grill, be prepared as it is very busy. A favourite way to wait is to browse through their market for fresh fish and seafood for later. Bergham is the go-to place for a casual burger with family and friends.


The population is mainly English speaking but there is a little less than a quarter of the population that speak French.



Whether you are driving, cycling or taking the bus, it is very easy to get around Alta Vista. There are two OC Transpo Transitway stations within the neighbourhood: Riverside and Pleasant Park, with Billings Bridge and Smyth stations just outside the neighbourhood.



Both the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Hospital’s General and Riverside Campuses are a part of Alta Vista.



One of the biggest draws to this neighbourhood is the significant number of amazing schools. At the public elementary level, Alta Vista offers Alta Vista Public School, Arch Street Public School, Featherston Drive Public School, Pleasant Park Public School and Vincent Massey School. At the public secondary level, Alta Vista offers Canterbury High School, Hillcrest High School and Ridgemont High School. If you prefer your child to have a Catholic school education, Alta Vista offers St. Gemma Catholic, Ste-Genevieve Catholic School, St. Patrick’s Intermediate and St. Patrick’s High School.


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