Lowertown is a neighbourhood in downtown Ottawa, in the oldest part of the city. It is bounded by Rideau Street to the south, Sussex Drive and the Ottawa River to the north, the Rideau Canal to the west, and the Rideau River to the east. King Edward Avenue divides the east and west halves of Lowertown, and is a heavily-trafficked route running to and from nearby Gatineau, Quebec. Tens of thousands of commuters and tractor trailers travel this route every day.
Renters have plenty of options in Lowertown, from rooms or apartments for rent in old houses or mid-rises, to luxury condo towers with executive suites featuring panoramic views of the Ottawa River, Gatineau Hills and Parliament. Both high and low income housing make up this neighbourhood. Hunting for rentals in this specific neighbourhood? You might find some trouble, as there aren’t many new rental listings popping up nowadays. People love to settle down in this neighbourhood!
Life & Style
The ByWard Market is a lively and popular district of Lowertown. The Market is filled with dozens of local farmers stands, artisans and eateries in an indoor/outdoor market on George, York, ByWard and William Streets established in 1826. A four-block area in the Market provides a wealth of places to shop and dine, as well as an active nightlife scene in the many bars and nightclubs. The Market is just a short walk from the 200-store Rideau Centre mall and Parliament Hill.
While the Rideau Canal was constructed during the 1820's and 1830's, many Irish and French Canadian workers moved into Lowertown, and today a large Francophone population still live in this area. It's quite a diverse community, with main streets such as Rideau hosting many Asian, African, and Caribbean businesses.
As for services, the Lowertown Community Resource Centre (LCRC), located at 40 Cobourg Street, offers a range of social and community services to individuals and families residing in Lowertown. These services include counselling for individuals and families, an Early Years Program, Multicultural Program, and Youth Program.
Macdonald Gardens (named for Canada's first Prime Minister) is a district of Lowertown East, and at its centre is Macdonald Gardens Park. The park is a designated Heritage Site and is spread over eight acres of grass, trees, and winding paths. The central feature of the park is a hexagonal stone gazebo atop a small hill with a direct view to Parliament Hill. Ottawa used to have quite a few of these "summer houses."
Another piece of history and National Historic Site, Notre-Dame Cathedral, is the oldest and largest church in Ottawa (completed in 1846) and the seat of the city's Roman Catholic archbishop. Its twin spires and gilded Madonna are easily recognizable from nearby Parliament Hill and the surrounding area.
Being that Lowertown is in the city centre, there is an extensive transit network, and Lowertown residents benefit from hundreds of downtown businesses, shops, restaurants, and arts and entertainment venues within walking distance.