Trying to be trendy
Hintonburg is a neighbourhood located west of the Downtown Ottawa core. Its eastern border is the O-Train Trillium Line, just west of Preston Street. To the north it is bounded by the OC Transitway bus line along Scott Street (originally the Canadian Pacific Railway main line). To the south it is bordered by the Queensway (Highway 417) and to the west by Holland Avenue and Island Park Drive. And it’s just a quick bus ride or cycle to the downtown core.
This is a working-class and upper-middle-class, predominantly residential, neighbourhood with a commercial strip located along Wellington Street West, popular with young professional couples, and students. Rental options range from hundred-year-old 3 bedroom homes, to triplexes with 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for rent, to swanky condos trying to capitalize on the current perception of Hintonburg as the “hip” neighbourhood to call home. It’s neighbouring Westboro went through the same revitalization not too long ago and housing prices soared. The trendiest boutiques and restaurants moved in, and now we see that happening to Hintonburg.
Life & Style
The area has a mix of heritage buildings and recent additions, and is widely considered one of the best revitalized neighbourhoods in Canada. The QUAD (Quartier des artistes / Arts District) combined with the eclectic shops, boutiques and eateries on Wellington Street and on Richmond Road have generated quite the buzz about Hintonburg being one of the coolest places to live in Ottawa.
The Hintonburg Community Centre at 1064 Wellington Street West offers a range of programs from swimming lessons to cooking to martial arts and fitness for all ages.
There are several fitness centres, yoga studios and dance academies in the area. Restaurants include everything from pub fare to vegetarian to fine dining, at Allium, Absinthe, The Table, Siam Bistro, and the Hintonburg Public House, which offers craft beer, local wines and inventive seasonal food. Stores range from Mountain Equipment Coop to specialty bakeries to upscale clothing boutiques and children’s shops.
The Parkdale Farmer's Market is in this older neighbourhood, a huge draw for people from all over the city and a convenience much enjoyed by Hintonburg residents as a place to get fresh produce and so much more. It’s also close to the huge government complex at Tunney’s Pasture, making the area home to many federal employees.
At the corner of Holland and Wellington, the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) opened in 2007 for live theatre. Hintonburg is also the long-time home of the Orpheus Musical Theatre Society, located on Fairmont Avenue.