The Glebe Neighbourhood Guide

Located in south Ottawa between the Rideau Canal, Bronson Avenue and the 417 highway is The Glebe - Ottawa’s trendiest neighbourhood. What makes The Glebe so refined and historic? Keep reading to find out!



The neighbourhood derives its name from a survey taken in 1837 of 178 acres deeded by the crown to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Originally, the land that we know as The Glebe was known as “the glebe lands of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church” as “glebe” means church lands. As one of Ottawa’s first suburbs, construction of the first homes that still exist in the neighbourhood started in 1871. But one of the most interesting facts is that in June 1891, the first electric streetcar set off down Bank Street! While the neighbourhood has gone through countless transformations over the past centuries, the Glebe developed the elite status we give it today in the 1970s when it underwent significant gentrification.


Public Transportation

The Glebe is an ideal neighbourhood for people with and without cars - an uncommon find in Ottawa! Bronson Avenue and Bank Street offer multiple stops for busses. You can view OC Transpo routes here. These bus routes not only service the Glebe neighbourhood very well, but they can also take you anywhere you need to go in the city.



In addition to being exceptionally well served by public transportation, the accessibility to a wide variety of amenities is what attracts so many to the Glebe. With the Ottawa Farmer’s Market, the Annual Tulip Festival, the Annual Glebe Garage Sale, you will never be bored! There is also a very Instagram-worthy urban art scene to experience. However, if you prefer to enjoy your time outdoors, you can paddle along Dow’s Lake or skate along the Rideau Canal in the winter.


You are spoiled for choice when it comes to parks in the Glebe. Central Park is host to the summer art festival and is pet friendly. Lionel Britton Park is ideal for kids, Commissioners Park offers well-groomed paths, and Landsdowne Park combines concrete courtyards with businesses, restaurants, and facilities that appeal to a wide variety of people. But that’s not all! Bytowne Urban Garden (located in Glebe Memorial Park) offers shared plots for urban dwellers with green thumbs. And if you still want more options, be sure to check out the Civic Gardens, Patterson Creek East and the Dog Park.


Lifestyle isn’t just about entertainment and recreation. The Glebe is home to many small local businesses, grocery stores, doctors, dentists, and pharmacies. You never need to leave the neighbourhood to get the most of your daily life - but if you do, there are plenty of easy transit routes to take.


The Glebe is home to a community that is devoted to constantly improving the quality of life of its citizens. If you are thinking that you would like to be its newest resident, please reach out to me here. I would love to help you find the home of your dreams in the Glebe.

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