Old Ottawa South Neighbourhood Guide

With its first settlers arriving as early as 1814, Old Ottawa South is one of Ottawa’s most historic and charming neighbourhoods. Old Ottawa South is located between two beautiful waterways: the Rideau River to the east and south, and the Rideau Canal to the north. Here are some of my favourite things about Old Ottawa South.



Before Old Ottawa South received its modern name, it was tentatively named Rideauville shortly after Confederation in 1867. The growth that gave the neighbourhood its current identity began around the turn of the century when the area was incorporated as a police village. Soon after, streetcar tracks were extended into the neighbourhood making it easy for residents to commute to and from their jobs. The combination of making Old Ottawa South a police village and easily accessible via streetcar created a boom in development. Today, around 300 residences and institutional buildings that were built during this period of Old Ottawa South’s history are included on Ottawa’s heritage reference list.



As a result of the tremendous growth in population in the early 1900s, the main architectural style in Old Ottawa South is Craftsman, with many houses in the American Foursquare style that was popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Many of these houses have been upgraded and added to over the years, contributing to the neighbourhood’s eclectic style. If you love the neighbourhood but prefer a different style of home, there are also some condos and new builds available.



While many years ago there were streetcars running through Old Ottawa South, today, this has been replaced by busses.



Residents of Old Ottawa South are close to many excellent schools. At the junior level, the Hopewell Avenue Public School is home to approximately 1000 students. Other outstanding schools that serve Old Ottawa South are Westboro Academy, Glebe Collegiate, Lycee Claudel and Brookfield High School. Not only will your children be able to walk to some of the best elementary and high schools, they will then one day be able to walk to Carleton University, a top 5 university in Canada according to Maclean’s Comprehensive.



There is a lot to enjoy in Old Ottawa South. Windsor and Brewer Parks offer free tennis courts, playgrounds, dog parks, soccer fields, splash pads, wading pools, a speed-skating oval and a community hockey rink. Keeping to its historic charm, the neighbourhood’s old firehall has been renovated into a community centre where you can enroll in fitness classes, pottery classes, or summer camps for children.



Culture is plentiful in Old Ottawa South. Many local small businesses line Bank Street, including the famous Mayfair Theatre - an independent theatre that shows films you won’t see anywhere else.


Old Ottawa South is an ideal example of what city living can be. With a strong sense of community, short walking distances and accessible public transportation as well as proximity to a vibrant main street - Old Ottawa South demonstrates you truly can have it all. If you are thinking about moving to Old Ottawa South please feel free to reach out. I would love to help you find the home of your dreams in Old Ottawa South.

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