Village living in Ottawa East
Blackburn Hamlet is a neighbourhood in the east end of Ottawa, just south of The Queensway, where Innes Road meets Bearbrook Road & Navan Road. The area was first settled in 1803, and the community was named after Robert Blackburn, who was a Member of Parliament for Russell in 1858. Innes Road, which runs through the Hamlet, was named after Alexander Innes, who owned a farm a bit further west.
Renters can choose to live in a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment in one of the new executive condos for rent, or rent one of the older homes built in the sixties and seventies. These homes are just a ten minute or less walk from services including: a grocery store; medical, dental and legal practices; drugstores; a pub and several restaurants; banks; convenience stores; and several schools and daycares. Finding apartments or condos to rent may be a little tricky during the summer time because of the downtime in Ottawa’s rental season. Have no fear! Rentals.ca is here for all your rental search needs. Whether you want to filter your search by apartment rentals, house rentals, or condo rentals, we’ve made it easy to find your next new home on our website!
Life & Style
Recreation facilities include an outdoor community pool, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a library, community hall, the Blackburn Hamlet Arena, and many playgrounds. The SuperDome Sports Centre on Bearbrook Road offers indoor fun for the entire family including golf, winter ball, soccer leagues, and walking programs.
This established community, which also has some newer builds, is just 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa, yet still has a village feel. The tree-lined streets and parks form a network connecting the whole neighbourhood for walkers and cyclists. Getting around the Hamlet and the rest of Ottawa is easy thanks to a network of buses by OC Transpo.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Blackburn Hamlet is one of only two Ottawa communities fully surrounded by Ottawa’s Greenbelt, which provides residents with over 250 kilometres of hiking and cross country skiing trails. The Greenbelt includes farms, forests and wetlands. It was created in the fifties to protect the rural land bordering the National Capital from urban sprawl. It has since become the largest publicly owned greenbelt in the world.
Most of the Greenbelt is owned by the National Capital Commission (NCC). Blackburn Hamlet is near the Green’s Creek tobogganing hill (part of the Greenbelt), which is also home to a cooperative garden maintained by residents.