A great choice if you want to live by the Rideau Canal and bike or skate to work
Centretown is a neighbourhood in downtown Ottawa rich in history. It is bounded on the north by Gloucester Street and Lisgar Street, on the east by the Rideau Canal, on the south by the Queensway, and on the west by Bronson Avenue.
Renters have the option of living in one of the beautiful original single-family homes which have been restored, or the newer townhouse developments, condominiums and low-rise and high-rise apartment rentals, which have a selection of bachelor, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments for rent. Centretown is a city packed with beautiful rentals and apartments to rent, and it’s no surprise that rent in the area has been steadily increasing as the years go by.
Life & Style
Centretown’s main commercial streets are Bank Street and Elgin Street, both of which have a plethora of shopping and dining options to suit any taste. Smaller streets, including MacLaren and Gladstone, are more residential. There are also a dozen embassies in the neighbourhood. Within a short walk or bus ride residents can also enjoy all that the downtown core has to offer, including the ByWard Market, the Rideau Centre shopping mall, and Parliament Hill.
This urban neighbourhood (which also has plenty of greenspace) is a mix of young professionals, University of Ottawa students, and families, and has plenty of recreation opportunities. With the Rideau Canal on the east side of Centretown, many people take advantage of the area for walking, jogging, or cycling. The Ottawa River to the north also has great pathways to explore. Confederation Park and Dundonald Park are also popular places to picnic or relax.
Neighbourhood landmarks include the Canadian Museum of Nature, Jack Purcell Park, and the Sens Mile - which is the nickname for Elgin Street - a place for NHL team the Ottawa Senators celebrations, for downtown residents who don’t get out to Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata for the games. Many of the pubs and restaurants on Elgin have specials on game nights.
Getting around Centretown and the rest of Ottawa is easy, whether you bike, drive, or ride the bus. Recently the network of bike lanes that run through Centretown has been expanded. For drivers, there’s convenient access to the Queensway (Highway 417), and if you travel by OC Transpo, there’s easy access to almost anywhere in the city via the many bus routes that run along Albert Street and Slater Street.