Lincoln Heights is a neighbourhood in the west end of Ottawa, located east of Pinecrest Avenue, west of Woodroffe Avenue, north of Carling Avenue, and south of the Ottawa River. This area is also known as Woodroffe-Lincoln Heights and Lincoln Heights-Parkway.
This urban community is densely populated, with more than 85% of residents living in high rise apartments for rent and condo buildings. These buildings are popular with renters due to the spectacular views of the Ottawa River, Gatineau Hills, and downtown Ottawa visible from many of the units. Lincoln Heights has a mix of low and high income housing, and one of the highest concentrations of seniors in the city. Searching for rentals in the Lincoln Heights neighbourhood? Check out apartments to rent, house rentals, and condominium rentals on our website!
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Other shopping in the area includes small plazas with a Farm Boy, Rainbow Foods, and Shoppers Drug Mart. Bayshore Shopping Centre, one of Ottawa's largest malls, is located just west of the neighbourhood, and Carlingwood Shopping Centre is just east, at the corner of Carling and Woodroffe Avenue. Also to the east up Richmond Road is the trendy neighbourhood of Westboro, which is just a short car or bus ride away.
Lincoln Heights offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Sir John A. Macdonald (Ottawa River) Parkway right near Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre off Carling Avenue has a cycling pathway leading to downtown Ottawa, and lookouts and beaches along the river. Every Sunday morning during the summer months the parkway is closed to motor vehicles and open for cyclists, in-line skaters, runners, and pedestrians. Lincoln Heights Park, at 265 Britannia Road, is also a nice escape from the concrete jungle, with mature trees and a small splash pad for children. And Mud Lake, one of the most ecologically diverse spots in Canada, is particularly popular with birders, as it has more than 200 species.
As for education, the community is served by three elementary schools, and older students attend nearby Woodroffe High School.
Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre is the anchor of the community with its more than 40 stores, restaurants and services, including a branch of the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, a dental centre, Metro grocery store and a Rexall Pharmacy. This centre has long been the preferred spot for older residents to gather and socialize, especially because it's a fairly short walk (or bus ride) for most people who live in the area.
However, when the Wal-Mart store at the mall closed in 2015, retail traffic dropped off dramatically, and the company that owns the centre is considering taking the mall down in phases over the next 5 to 10 years and building a mix of mid-to-highrise rental properties. Residents voiced concerns about this possibility, as it would result in a loss of a social gathering place many seniors rely on, and also take away some of the limited shopping options in the neighbourhood. City sources say the tentative plan though is to retain basic services such as food and community services, while increasing residential rental space and improving transit.
The OC Transpo Lincoln Fields Transitway Station, from which you can bus almost anywhere in Ottawa, is located beside the Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre, which will eventually become part of Ottawa's LRT (light rail transit system) and perhaps feature a skyway or pathway from the shopping centre to the LRT. Commuters have easy access to both the Parkway (off Carling Avenue) and the Queensway (at Woodroffe Avenue.)