“High above the city”... in more ways than one.
Alta Vista is a neighbourhood in the south end of Ottawa, bordered by Smyth Road to the north, St. Laurent Boulevard to the east, Walkley Road and Heron Road to the south, and Bank Street and Riverside Drive to the west. Alta Vista Drive is a major street running through the neighbourhood, and was so named because of its location on a rise above the Rideau River valley, on a higher elevation than the rest of Ottawa.
Alta Vista is a mostly residential neighbourhood with many elementary and high schools, community centres, churches and parks. It was designed in the 1960s as Ottawa's top family neighbourhood, and many families still call this area home. Residents take pride in fostering a sense of community, and it’s the norm rather than the exception to know everyone who lives on your street. Although there are many city recreation programs available, people who live in the neighbourhood also band together to form children’s soccer and baseball leagues centred on fun rather than competition.
Rental options in Alta Vista range from bachelor or 1 bedroom apartment rentals in high-rises to charming 2 to 4 bedroom homes and duplexes for rent on large lots with backyards. Some homeowners also rent out their basements. Searching for rentals in Alta Vista? Check out our unique map feature on Rentals.ca that shows all rental listings in the area! You can filter apartments, houses, or condos by price, beds, neighbourhood, and bathrooms!
Life & Style
There is green space galore in Alta Vista, with more than a dozen parks to enjoy. The residential streets have mature trees and the area is great for walking or cycling. In the winter, outdoor rinks and tobogganing hills are popular.
With Alta Vista’s proximity to hospitals and universities, the neighbourhood also includes many medical professionals and students. The General Campus of the Ottawa Hospital and The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario are located on the north side of Smyth Road, while the Riverside Campus of the Ottawa Hospital is at Smyth and Riverside Drive.
The OC Transpo Transitway runs through Alta Vista, with two stations in the neighbourhood for bus riders (Pleasant Park and Riverside) as well as two just outside it (Billings Bridge and Smyth). Alta Vista is just a 10 minute drive from downtown Ottawa, the University of Ottawa, and Carleton University.
There are two large shopping malls in and around Alta Vista, with Billings Bridge Plaza Shopping Centre at Bank Street and Riverside, and the Elmvale Shopping Centre at St. Laurent and Smyth. But there also many other shops and restaurants within walking distance, especially on Bank Street. The South Keys plaza of big box stores is less than a 5 minute drive from Alta Vista, which also features a wide selection of restaurants in addition to a movie theatre. And the Ottawa Trainyards Shopping Centre of outlet stores is also just a short drive from this neighbourhood, which is convenient for both mall employees and shoppers.