Overbrook/Castle Heights

There’s something for everyone!

This neighbourhood accommodates all walks of life: schools, easy transit, small businesses and downtown proximity. 

About Overbrook/Castle Heights

The Overbrook and Castle Heights community is your destination for fun and activities. It is a neighbourhood in transition being revitalized through development attracting business, transit and government and private investment.  This urban neighbourhood gives you easy access to everything from parks, sports facilities, bike paths, restaurants, and all downtown Ottawa has to offer. 

Off of Highway 417 and the Rideau River, Overbrook and Castle Heights give variety for anyone looking to move to Ottawa. Whether you’re single, newly-weds, a family, or retired, there’s something for everyone. 

Overbrook and Castle Heights have a rich history as a neighbourhood. The oldest home was built back in 1906. Most of the houses are detached singles created from 1940 to 1960. The population in Overbrook is 9,215 (2016). 

In 2019, the average price for a home in the Overbrook area is around $471,000, and the average price for a home in the Castle Heights area is around $450,000. This neighbourhood is one of the few remaining neighbourhoods close to downtown Ottawa and the Ottawa River offering housing prices inline with the average house price across Ottawa.

Schools in Overbrook/Castle Heights

Overbrook/Castle Heights is in the proximity of a diverse variety of schools. Most elementary schools are located within this community, while secondary schools require you to travel only a few kilometres

Please note: We have included a Fraser’s Institute Ranking where applicable. This is not the only way to determine school quality. For more information, please contact the individual schools.

École élémentaire Horizon-Jeunesse

  • Grades: JK-6
  • Fraser Ranking: N/A
  • Board: Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

St. Michael Catholic School

  • Grades: JK-6
  • Fraser Ranking: N/A
  • Board: Ottawa Catholic School Board

Robert E. Wilson Public School

  • Grades: JK-6
  • Fraser Ranking: 2.8
  • Board: Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Queen Elizabeth Public School

  • Grades: JK-8
  • Fraser Ranking: 3.8
  • Board: Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Queen Mary Street Public School

  • Grades: JK-6
  • Fraser Ranking: 0.7
  • Board: Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Ottawa Technical Secondary School

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Fraser Ranking: N/A
  • Board: Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

St. Joseph’s Adult School

  • Classes: ESL & Computer Courses
  • Fraser Ranking: N/A

Parks in Overbrook/Castle Heights

Gil-O-Julien Park

  • This park is every sports fans dream. With a football field, baseball diamond and basketball court, this park always has something going on. If you’re not too big into sports, don’t worry. There’s a path for walks with you or your dog with an open field and trees.

Riverain Park

  • A beautiful widespread park. Right beside the Rideau River, you and your loved ones can enjoy the beautiful scenery (lots of Canadian Geese). Great paths for walks or jogs. For sports lovers, there are two baseball diamonds and tennis courts to let out some energy. The Rideau Sports Centre is right beside it too. There are a play structure and swings for kids to go wild.

St. Paul’s Park

  • A summertime park for kids to enjoy during their summer vacation. A seasonal pool for kids to cool off alongside a play structure, swings and gazebo.

Lawson Park

  • A quiet park within the Overbrook neighbourhood. Attached to the Queen Mary School, there’s room for baseball and basketball. There’s also a small water park for hot summer days. There’s also an open field and a small bike path.

Presland Park

  • This is a smaller park for kids to play. There’s a small play structure, including swings and a separate slide. Beyond that, there’s an open field to let your dog play or conduct your own workout session.

Overbrook Park

  • Right outside the Overbrook Community Centre, there’s an open park for soccer players and dog walkers. There’s an open soccer field with bright green grass. Also, there are two basketball courts which are transformed into a hockey rink in the winter.

Public Transportation

Overbrook and Castle Heights are in proximity to the St-Laurent O-Train bus stop, which gives all residents quick access to the fun and excitement downtown Ottawa has to offer. You can also take the 12, 14 and 18 to travel to downtown Ottawa.

View current routes and schedules here.

Community and Entertainment in Overbrook/Castle Heights

The Overbrook Community Association is a hardworking non-profit volunteer organization that’s sole purpose is to improve the lives of the Overbrook & Castle Heights community. With how diverse these neighbourhoods are, this organization works to accommodate everyone by moulding Overbrook and Castle Heights into a safe and enjoyable community.

Looking for a place to get active? Rideau Sports Center is the perfect location to have fun and stay fit. This sport and wellness facility provides a wide range of activities from basketball, swimming, tennis, ball hockey, weight lifting and yoga. Alongside it are great bike paths along the river. There’s also some nice apple orchards near by.

Whether you walk, bike, drive or take the O-Train, you have easy access to all of downtown Ottawa’s fun and excitement:

  • Canadian War Museum
  • Canadian Museum of History
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Rideau Canal
  • Byward Market Square
  • Central Experimental Farm


Amenities in Overbrook/Castle Heights

St. Laurent Shopping Center

  • Retail Stores
  • Food Court
  • Mobile Service Providers
  • Goodlife Fitness
  • Intact Insurance
  • Banks

Donald Plaza & RioCan St. Laurent

  • Food Basics
  • Restaurants/Fast Food
  • Gas Stations
  • Giant Tiger
  • BMO Bank Of Montreal
  • Pharmasave Medical Center
  • Dentists

McArthur Plaza

  • Fresh Co.
  • Restaurants/Fast Food
  • Pharmacy
  • Corner Stores

Dining Out in Overbrook/Castle Heights

Be prepared to have everything at your finger-licking fingertips when you live in Overbrook/Castle Heights. This neighbourhood provides you with a wide selection of restaurants from family-oriented, fast food, sit-down and high end.

Lorenzo’s Pizza

An Italian classic! Elie’s The Original Lorenzo’s Pizza offers Overbrook and Castle Heights with an energetic pizza shop. This proud Italian restaurant is the perfect place to watch your favourite sports team and hang out with your friends.

Aladdin Bakery

This small Lebanese bakery provides some of the best meat pies in town. Aladdin Bakery offers an assortment of baked goods, all freshly handmade. A go-to spot if you’re looking for a takeout meal.

John Juan Burrito Mexican Grill

This authentic Mexican restaurant is sure to leave you full to the brim. At John Juan’s, preparing food right is in their DNA. This family-owned business makes killer Mexican food from fresh burritos to cheesy quesadillas.

A’Rey Tea & Coffee Shop

An east-African restaurant and coffee shop that does nothing but delight your taste buds. Their menu is crafted with authentic dishes tailored for every meal, breakfast, lunch and dinner. They’re coffee and tea make for a wonderful addition to your meal.

Arta Restaurant Somali Food

Arta’s Somali Restaurant has been open for over ten years. Founded in tradition, Arta provides the neighbourhood with delicious Somali cuisine. All food is freshly prepared and cooked for you to enjoy — a highly recommended place to eat.

Coconut Lagoon

The Coconut Lagoon is a low-key gourmet restaurant, providing the best that South Indian food has to offer. They specialize in a variety of vegan and vegetarian platters that will “wow” your taste buds.

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