The Old Ottawa South neighbourhood is relatively small, with a population of roughly 6,000. Boasting a history that goes back to 1814, Old Ottawa South is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Ottawa. Bounded by the Rideau Canal, Rideau River, Bronson Avenue, and Main Street, its size and defined borders give it a charming small town feel.
Many of the homes in Old Ottawa South are well-preserved heritage buildings with many built between 1900 and 1960, and its residents are friendly and close-knit. There are plenty of yearly festivals and events held in Old Ottawa South, such as: Breakfast with Santa, Fall Fest, Cardboard Challenge, and annual Theme Parties. There’s even a community newspaper called the OSCAR (Ottawa South Community Association Review).
Along with the many events happening in the community there are many recreational facilities available for residents to enjoy. There is a community garden, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, outdoor wading pools, sports fields, tennis courts, outdoor rinks, play structures, a community centre, and splash pads are all available to residents. Finally, there are seven restaurants and eight bars in the community for the food lovers.
While the streetcars have been replaced by buses, the tree-lined streets and heritage housing has largely been preserved. With a vibrant main street offering an eclectic mix of antique shops, restaurants, and stores, Old Ottawa South is the perfect place to enjoy a small town feel with the benefits of city living.