Old Ottawa South

About Old Ottawa South

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While the streetcars have been replaced by buses, the tree-lined streets and heritage housing has largely been preserved.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.

Schools in Old Ottawa South

Hopewell Avenue Public School

Hopewell Avenue Public School is home to over 850 students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 8. Hopewell offers a English program, a French Immersion program, Special Education and a Behaviour Intervention Program.

Westboro Academy

Westboro Acedemy is a private school which provides bilingual education for boys and girls from JK to grade 8. They strive for academic excellence while providing small classroom sizes (maximum 18 students).

Astolot Educational Centre

Astolot is an independent Day School and High School that strives to meet the individual learning needs of students. Students may be gifted, have dyslexia, dysgraphia, or have a social or emotional need for a small, respectful learning environment.

Capital Day Care

Capital Day Care is a licensed not-for-profit cooperative daycare center located in Old Ottawa South since 1973. The center welcomes up to 39 children, providing toddlers and preschoolers high quality education, care and meals.

Sunnyside Footsteps

Sunnyside Footsteps offers a full-day program for eligible children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years. Optional before and after-care from 7:45 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. is also available. This preschool is a subset of the Glebe Reggio Centre. 

Things To Do in Old Ottawa South

There are several things to do in the Old Ottawa South that are for all ages – from your adventurous explorer to the ones looking for a chill vibe. 

Dining Out in Old Ottawa South

Stella Luna

This European style cafe is a neighbourhood favourite. Although known for their gelato they also offer breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Awarded Best Gelato in Canada! – Gelato World Tour, 2016

Oat Couture

Craving some warm comfort food? Stop by this newly opened Oatmeal cafe with it’s imaginative take on what Oatmeal can do! Settle into their hammock chairs and enjoy a sweet or savoury bowl.

Black Squirrel Cafe

By day, Black Squirrel is the coziest cafe in the downtown Ottawa area. By night, it’s one of Ottawa’s most culturally vibrant venues for live music, panel talks, book launches, and vernissages.

Life of Pie

Life of Pie is a family-owned bakery that offers fresh sweet pies that are handmade daily. They also offer frozen ready-to-bake savoury pies, quiches, soups and salads. 

Patty's Pub

You’ll find both traditional and modern pub fare here. Great atmosphere, friendly and down-to-earth, and there are options for wee ones as well.

The Belmont

Trendy spot offering inventive tasty small plates. The Belmont is known for their great cocktails and dumplings. They also offer a splendid Sunday brunch.

Parks in Old Ottawa South

Brighton Beach Park

Along the river, Old Ottawa South residents can enjoy greenspace gems such as Brighton Beach Park. This is a beautiful and calm spot where you can sit and watch nature, or walk your dog.

Windsor Park

This is a very nice park that the whole family can enjoy. With 2 large play structures, bathrooms, a tennis court, and a wading pool, there’s surely something for everyone. In the winter it has a skating park, and your dogs can enjoy play time in the off leash area.

Brewer Park

Offering a popular un-fenced off leash area with plenty of trails, playgrounds, public restrooms, and picnic tables, this is a large park that’s fun for all ages. It has baseball fields, a basketball hoop, and a football field, as well as a 2 level splash pad for cooling off in the summer.

Ready to Call Old Ottawa South Home?

We don’t blame you – it’s a great neighbourhood! This makes it one of the more popular areas in the city. That means you’re going to need a real estate agent to help you find – and buy – your dream house.

Our real estate agents have years of experience taking your wishlist and finding homes that work for you. They also are experts in negotiations, giving you a leg up when it comes time to put in an offer. We’ll get you the best home for the best price.

While we help you find your new home, we can also help you sell your old one. We’ll do all the market research necessary to list at the best price and handle all the showings and negotiations so you don’t have to.

So what are you waiting for?