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Welcome to Orleans

Known for its large French-speaking population, Orleans is an affordable Ottawa suburb that has continued to grow since the 1970s. This friendly community with a large number of quality schools and opportunities for recreational activities makes it an excellent area for families. In addition, its proximity to downtown Ottawa also makes it a popular location for those who work in the area.

Orleans real estate includes a variety of neighbourhoods each with their own distinct appeal. As its southern and eastern boundaries continue to expand, newer subdivisions are being built and so the choice of housing is plentiful. With so many options, you will easily be able to find the perfect community to call home.

Here’s some of the best highlights of living in Orleans, Ottawa: 

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With the steady growth in Orleans population, there are numerous excellent schools to serve the area’s families. School-age children have public, Catholic, and private schooling options in both English and French. Simply click on the School Board to find out what schools are available according to the potential address of your home in Orleans.

There is no shortage of things to do in Orleans. For outdoor adventurers, there are a multitude of nature trails for biking and hiking as well as an abundance of parks and green spaces. Petrie Island is a favourite spot for the area’s residents with its sandy beaches, walking trails, lagoons with turtles, and a nature centre built to educate visitors about the flora and fauna in the area. In addition, there are canoe and kayak rentals, beach volleyball courts, and a concession with a full bar. Don’t forget to take a trip down Innes Road to visit the soccer fields and play structures at Millenium Park.

Orleans residents enjoy the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex with its world-class skating centre, therapeutic pool, squash and racquetball courts etc. and the Ray Friel Recreational Complex boasting NHL-size arenas, indoor wave pool, attached public library, sports facilities, physiotherapy clinic, and much more.

The Shenkmen Arts Centre offers programs and services in English and French and has two theatres for live performances, 7 galleries, and 17 studios for budding artists as well as summer camps and classes for all ages. Orleans also has museums, gardens, movie theatres, and is also very close to downtown Ottawa so residents can easily enjoy the amenities of downtown Ottawa.

Living in Orleans, residents do not need to leave the area to have access to great shopping and restaurants. Big-box retailers such as Walmart, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Lowes, Best Buy and others are located right in the area as well as large grocery chains such as Loblaws, Metro and Sobeys.

Place d’Orleans, a 740,000 sqft mall with over 175 shops and two large department stores as well as a Goodlife Fitness, is central to the area. The business district along Innes Road is also an excellent place to shop with a Winners, Michaels, Toys R Us, Staples, Lowe’s and many others.

Orleans offers a wide variety of restaurants from fast food to fine dining as well as numerous pubs, coffee shops, cafes and specialty eateries. You will not have a shortage of choices on the days you choose to dine out.

With a population of over 110,000, residents living in Orleans includes all types of buyers. Families, single professionals, and empty nesters can all find a neighbourhood, affordable home prices and real estate types to suit their taste and lifestyle.

Orleans real estate has both older and newer subdivisions and neighbourhoods with a wide selection of single-detached homes, townhomes, and condos for every budget. There are some with great views of the Ottawa River as well.

Location and Transportation

Orleans is located on the eastern end of the city along the Ottawa River. It is 16 km from the downtown core and approximately a 10-minute commute along Highway 417 and 26 km from Ottawa International Airport.

There is extensive bus service to the rest of the city although a vehicle is recommended to get around the area itself which makes commuting to Downtown Ottawa a breeze!

See the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study for Orleans here.