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Welcome to Centretown

Located in the heart of our Nation’s capital is Centretown Ottawa which includes downtown Ottawa. From beautifully restored Victorian homes on streets canopied with mature trees to high and low-rise condos, there is something for everyone living in Centretown Ottawa.

Living in Centretown Ottawa means living right in the middle of everything: shopping, nightlife, a variety of dining establishments, and tourist attractions. You will love walking along the lovely Rideau Canal to the historic Parliament buildings, popping over to the cafes in Byward Market, shopping at the newly-renovated Rideau Centre, and seeing the many embassies that call Centretown home.

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There are many options for top-notch educational facilities in Centretown Ottawa as well as early childhood education centres. For older children, one of the provinces highest rated high schools, De La Salle, is also located in this area as well as the University of Ottawa. To find out which schools are available within the city’s four main school boards, click the links below and enter your address for the handy school locator.

Centretown Ottawa offers many recreational activities for all ages. Strolling or cycling down the Rideau Canal is a favourite activity for many families all year round and offers ice skating in the winter as well. Centretown is also home to many museums such as the Canadian War Museum, the Canadian Museum of Nature, and the Museum of Civilization with the well-known Children’s Museum is a short walk across the river in Hull. Art aficionados will appreciate the National Gallery of Canada as well as other smaller galleries in the downtown core. For movie lovers, there are options that range from blockbuster theatres to an IMAX to the Bytowne Cinema for independent films as well as outdoor screenings of movies during the summer at the Centretown Outdoor Film Festivals.

Of course, Parliament Hill hosts the nation’s greatest Canada Day event as well as the sound and light show from July to September. The Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Sound of Light takes place in August with amazing fireworks set to music competition from countries around the world. Festivals include Winterlude, RBC Bluesfest, the Ottawa Children’s Festival, the Canadian Tulip Festival, the Fringe Festival, and many more.

For adults, there is a burgeoning nightlife with bars, pubs, clubs, and outdoor events all year round – all within walking distance to your new home. Centretown also the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library and is in close proximity to Chinatown and Little Italy.

You will be surrounded by a never-ending choice of restaurants in Centretown from family-friendly to fine dining and outdoor cafes, coffee shops, and fast food outlets. There are several grocery stores and speciality food stores as well as convenience shops for your nutritional needs.

Shopping abounds in Centretown Ottawa. The four level Rideau Centre offers 180 stores from high-end establishments such as Nordstroms and Tiffany & Co. to budget friendly as well as a 35,000 sqft newly renovated dining hall. Byward Market right next door has smaller boutiques, gift shops, and outdoor vendor stalls. Bank and Elgin are the main commercial streets in Centretown with everything you need from banks to bookstores to pharmacies and more. A short walk will take you to the Glebe where you will find a plethora of designer shops and speciality stores.

Living in Centretown will give you a mix of every generation and people, empty nesters, families, young professionals, and students in its population of approximately 24,000.

Properties in Centretown Ottawa range from beautifully restored Pre WWII homes, large freehold homes, freehold attached townhomes, and upscale condominiums from low to high rises.

Location and Transportation

Centretown is bordered by the Ottawa River and Parliament buildings to the north, the Rideau Canal to the east, the Queensway to the south, and Bronson Avenue to the west. The Central Bus Station is located in Centretown and the abundance of bus routes guarantee you can easily travel to any part of the city. Ottawa International Airport is approximately a twenty-minute drive.

See the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study for Centretown here.