Bells Corners is a small suburban community in the west end of Ottawa, between Kanata and Bayshore. It is surrounded by the Greenbelt, a crescent of land owned and managed by the National Capital Commission (NCC), in which real estate development is restricted to preserve the forests, wetlands, fields, and farms. Bells Corners was originally settled in the 1850’s.
However, the main strip in Bells Corners (Robertson Road leading to Richmond Road) is a bustling commercial district of shops, restaurants, grocery stores, medical offices, and other professional services. The residential areas in this neighbourhood are just a short walk from the main strip, a mix of townhomes and bungalows built from the 1950’s to the 1990’s.
Many families and seniors call Bells Corners home due to the relative affordability of rental townhomes listings, good schools, and the ease of walking or cycling to urban amenities. There aren’t cheap apartments, but the prices for rental listings are reasonable in Bells Corners. Whether you want an apartment, condo, or house rental, new downtown Bells Corners rentals are always popping up, so there’s always going to be a listing available. There is also fairly good bus service provided by OC Transpo throughout the community, and direct access to Highway 417 (The Queensway) and Highway 416.
Life & Style
Residents of this neighbourhood are invested in their community and have developed community associations in partnership with the City of Ottawa to provide a variety of programs and services in recreation, arts and culture, and sports. These include the Westcliffe Estates Community Association, the Lynwood Village Community Association, and the Arbeatha Park Community Association.
Nature trails abound, including the area of the Greenbelt known as the Stony Swamp Conservation Area, which has a great diversity of trails with interpretive exhibits on the geology and natural history. Other trails lead from Bells Corners through other natural areas, such as the Trans Canada Trail and the Rideau Trail, populated with a wide diversity of urban wildlife. Squirrels, hares, raccoons, chipmunks, groundhogs, beavers, turkeys, foxes, and deer are all native inhabitants. Birding enthusiasts also love these trails as a place to spot and photograph many species.
There are many parks and fields in Bells Corners where both children and adults can enjoy swimming, tennis, soccer, football, baseball, softball, t-ball, skating, and ice hockey. Off-leash dog parks are also popular.
The area is also set to welcome 10,000 Department of National Defence (DND) employees into the former Nortel campus on Carling Avenue in the next few years, which will likely lead to many military personnel moving into Bells Corners.