Wellington West

Wellington West is most definitely a trendy neighbourhood in the Ottawa West area, with its main amenities and resources located on Wellington Street.

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About Wellington West

Wellington West is most definitely a trendy neighbourhood in the Ottawa West area, with its main amenities and resources located on Wellington Street.

It has some of the same advantages as Hintonburg, its neighbourhood next door. For example, it’s walkable and has plenty of access to public transportation. It really makes it easy to have a busy, active lifestyle with lots of restaurants and entertainment options. I highly recommend it to active homeowners who like to be close to everything they need.

There’s a mix of homeowners interested in Wellington West, including:

  • First time homeowners looking at condos.
  • Downsizers.
  • Young families looking for single detached homes.

The lots in this neighbourhood are a bit bigger than other areas of Ottawa West or Centretown, so you can get a decent-sized house. Some properties even have garages, but I still wouldn’t recommend this neighbourhood for those who want a large yard or those who want a large driveway. Parking is a bit of an issue in this neighbourhood, so multi-car families may find that Barrhaven or Stittsville is a better fit.

If, on the other hand, you’re looking to get rid of your car and your work is accessible via public transit, this neighbourhood would be a great choice!

While there are some condos in Wellington West, the majority of homes are single detached. Price points for properties generally start in the $500,000 range, and go up from there.

This is a great neighbourhood that’s always got something going on. I love hanging out in Wellington West because every time I do, I find something new. Plus, it’s got a lot of the features homeowners want.

Schools in Wellington West

One of the reasons I show a lot of young families Wellington West is because of the close proximity to so many great schools. Here are a few in just a 2 kilometre radius.

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.

Devonshire Community Public School

  • Location: Breezehill Avenue
  • Grades: JK-6 English and French Immersion
  • Fraser Ranking: 6.8/10

Connaught Public School

  • Location: Gladstone Avenue
  • Grades: K-6 English and French Immersion
  • Fraser Ranking: 6.3/10

Fisher Park / Summit Alternative Middle School

  • Location: Holland Avenue
  • Grades: 7-8 English and French Immersion

École élémentaire catholique Saint François-D'Assise

  • Location: Melrose Avenue
  • Grades: JK-6

Elmdale Public School

  • Location: Iona Street
  • Grades: SK - 6 English and French Immersion
  • Fraser Ranking: 8.4/10

Parkdale Montessori School

  • Location: Parkdale Avenue
  • Grades: Toddlers - Grade 6

Urban Aboriginal Alternate High School

  • Location: Albert Street
  • Ages: 16 - 19

Shopping in Wellington West

A big part of the Wellington West neighbourhood is all the shopping. Here are just a few of the places sprinkled throughout the area.

AMH Style

Consignment shops are becoming very popular, and AMH Style is a high-quality one specializing in women’s apparel. Not only can you find hidden gems here, but you can sell your own pre-worn clothes, saving you a little money on your next shopping spree.

Lauzon Music

Ottawa has a vibrant music scene, and many artists love checking out Lauzon Music. They carry a wide range of instruments and accessories.

Lauzon also has private music lessons – perfect for anyone wishing to learn or hone their musical abilities.

Fabrications

People who love sewing will love Fabrications. This store carries a variety of fabrics, patterns, and supplies for sewing projects, but they also cater to other kinds of crafts.

The best part is the classes – Fabrication caters to all skill levels, so even if you’ve never sewed before, you can start here!

Herb & Spice Shop Wellington

This store is a local favourite for produce and other products. If you’re looking for something particular, chances are this place will have it.

Blueprint Home

If you’re moving to a new home, chances are you may be looking for one or two new pieces of furniture! Blueprint Home carries contemporary, elegant pieces, but most importantly they pride themselves on a boutique, personalized experience.

Boomerang Kids

This is another consignment shop, but one specifically catering to kids! You can sell your used clothing, toys, and things like strollers at a Boomerang Kids location, and also shop there are your tiny tot grows!

Fresh Air Experience

Fresh Air Experience is a cross-country ski and bike shop with a lot of high-quality products. Whether you’re a relative beginner or a pro in need of some specialized gear, this place will have something for you.

Public Transportation

Wellington West is right along a major bus route for OC Transpo – route 11. This takes you from Lincoln Fields all the way to Parliament/the Rideau Centre, with multiple stops in the neighbourhood.

It also has a Light Rail Transit (LRT) station nearby in Tunney’s Pasture on the Confederation Line. This is great if you work downtown.

With the recent announcement of the LRT Stage 2 extension of both the Confederation Line and the Trillium Line, Wellington West is situated right in the heart of these routes, giving you more transportation options.

Healthcare in Wellington West

For seniors or families with young children, proximity to healthcare options can be a big consideration. Wellington West is close to:
  • The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus, including the University of Ottawa Heart Institute
  • The Wellington Medical Clinic
  • Appletree Medical Clinic

There are also plenty of dentists, pharmacies and healthcare professionals (like physio or massage therapists). If this is a big priority for you, just let me know – or take a few minutes to do some Internet searching!

Community and Entertainment in Wellington West

Like I mentioned earlier, Wellington West has lots to do. Here is just a smattering of what the neighbourhood has to offer:

Multiple Art Studios and Galleries

Wellington West is home to a lot of creative spaces and people – so naturally there are a lot of galleries and studios for you to visit!

Great Canadian Theatre Company

This pro theatre company puts on shows throughout the year that are always excellent. It’s Ottawa largest independent theatre company, and since 1975 they’ve been performing, running artist workshops, and even the occasional popup restaurant!

You can check out their current season of shows here.

West Park Bowling Lanes

Bowling is a great all-ages activity that is also affordable. West Park Bowling Lanes not only has tons of lanes, but it has two dining venues attached so that it’s a one-stop shop for you and your family/friends.

Fun Fact

There’s an anonymous Instagrammer (@streetartminiaturewho leaves tiny clay models of food hidden around the city, particularly in the Ottawa West area. It’s a cool aspect of Ottawa’s street art culture, and could be a fun part of family walks.

Escape Manor

I mentioned this in our Hintonburg neighbourhood guide, but I’m including it here because it’s quite honestly one of the coolest things ever. Escape rooms are incredibly popular and great for groups.

The Ottawa West location has 4 themed rooms that are challenging and fun – a great and unusual way to spend an evening!

If you’re ever looking for some inspiration for activities or events in the area, wellingtonwest.ca has everything – plus it’s got a super-friendly search tool to make finding things easy!

Dining Out in Wellington West

Everybody loves food, and Wellington West has become known for its dynamic restaurants catering to a wide variety of palates.

Chesterfield's Gastro Diner

This “not-so-greasy spoon” got its name from the Canadian word for couch, and you feel right at home when you eat here. The food is fresh and homemade, there’s a lot of choice (you’ll love the menu of side dishes), and the prices are fair.

I love Chesterfield’s. It is the place to go for a comfy brunch: but I will warn you that they don’t take reservations on weekends, so be prepared to go early or wait in a little bit of a line.

But I promise, it’s worth it: and the 450+ people who have left Google reviews agree with me!

Parma Ravioli

My family and I love Parma Ravioli. It’s quintessential Italian food, but you can eat-in or dine out.

Eat-In: The daily offerings change, but there’s always a selection of hot pasta dishes, sandwiches, sides, and pizzas.

Take-Out: Parma Ravioli has a retail store that sells homemade pasta (fresh and frozen). They also carry sauces, oils, vinegars, and other specialty groceries so you can create a gourmet meal at home. I highly recommend this if you want to impress your friends!

Supply and Demand

This is a restaurant + raw bar with a passionate, warm group of people working to make it a great spot for locals. The menu constantly changes, so you can go back multiple times and feel like it’s an entirely new experience.

What I love about Supply and Demand is that they actually offer pasta classes. You and a group of friends can learn to make pasta, then actually sit down to a 3-course dinner using the pasta you and your friends make!

Stofa

This place is all about having passion for food. Everything is beautifully plated and expertly prepared. This is a place I recommend for special occasions, as the prices are higher than other places on this list.

If you’re ready to try a truly different dining experience, Stofa offers blind tastings and pairings that can make for a fun date night.

Wellington Diner

Another place with a ton of well-deserved reviews is Wellington Diner.

This is the place to go for a hearty burger, and it also carries a wide variety of your other favourite pub foods, including several poutines and brunch.

Won Ton House

This place has been around for a long time, and the warm, welcoming staff make the food that much better. You can pick from a variety of fresh-made Asian cuisine, or call in a delivery order from the comfort of your own home!

Ottawa Bagel Shop

Bagel shops are a much-loved staple in this city, and I’m quite partial to this one in Wellington West. This combo restaurant/deli is a great place to get a light bite and pick up some quality specialty foods at the same time. They serve a variety of bagels, sandwiches, and breakfast foods, and the deli carries a beautiful selection of cheese, meats, international items, and local Ottawa products – I always get my Mrs. McGarrigles mustards here! It also has a great sweets counter for the occasional treat!

Wellington Gastropub

Not to be confused with the Wellington Diner, the Wellington Gastropub is a restaurant all its own with amazing dishes and multiple events. I recommend the monthly Record Club, where you listen to and discuss classic vinyl over adult beverages and apps, to music lovers.

Everyone else will like the tasteful menu, impressive drinks list, and great service.

John's Family Diner

The name says it all: this a family-friendly establishment with something for everyone (even the picky eaters).

This is a breakfast and lunch place, so it’s great for Saturdays or days off school when you want a good sandwich or burger. 

Parks in Wellington West

Every great neighbourhood has a park or two. Here are the ones in Wellington West I would recommend.

Fisher Park Playground

This park literally has play in the name! It’s great for kids and has the following features:
  • Splash pad
  • Picnic tables
  • Toys
  • A gazebo
  • A grass area - great for games!
  • Play structures
  • Green space - perfect for dogs
  • A skating rink in the winter, run by volunteers

Iona Park

Looking for a small walking park? Iona Park is a great choice. Along with plenty of space for walking and relaxing either with kids or with dogs, Iona Park also has:
  • Play structures
  • Soccer nets
  • A rink in the winter

Hampton Park and Dog Park

This is a haven for dog owners. It’s fenced in with high fences, so you can let your pup off leash.

Other features include:

  • Paths for walking and bicycling
  • Picnic tables
  • Play structures
  • A wading pool

Things to Consider

If you have young kids enrolled in a wide variety of sports, clubs, or lessons, Wellington West may not be the right fit for you. Yes, there are tons of parks, but you won’t be particularly close to big rec centres like you would in Kanata or Orleans. That can mean a lot of back and forth.

I always recommend taking things like this into account, as that can have a big impact on how happy you’ll be in your home.

Should I Move to Wellington West?

Wellington West, as you’ve read, has plenty going on – but is it the right choice for you?

I can help you by answering questions, finding properties for you to view, and anything else you might need as you look for a new home. Reach out by calling the office or emailing me directly – I can’t wait to start working with you!

Ryan Angus

A licensed realtor since 2008, Ryan has many years of experience to draw on when helping his clients. He is equally at home with buyers, sellers, and investors alike, and has owned his own income-generating properties. He is also a Certified Negotiations Expert. Learn more about Ryan.