Small, trendy… and pricy
New Edinburgh is a small, quiet neighbourhood just east of Downtown Ottawa and beside prestigious Rockcliffe Park. Its roots date back to 1829, when Thomas McKay, one of the builders of the Rideau Canal lock system who emigrated to Canada from Scotland, bought some land where the Rideau River flows into the Ottawa River. McKay established a village in the surrounding area, named after his native home.
This trendy, walkable neighbourhood has a selection of housing types for renters to choose from, ranging from 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for rent in triplexes, high-rises and condos, to 3 and 4 bedroom semi-detached and single-family homes. With its proximity to the University of Ottawa and the Byward Market, New Edinburgh has some student residents in Off-Campus Housing, but professionals, families and seniors also round out the renter population, due to the luxury homes for sale and rent in this neighbourhood.
Life & Style
Charming, one-of-a-kind shops and cafés flow along Beechwood Avenue. A former community mainstay for 27 years, the New Edinburgh Pub at 1 Beechwood has since been converted to a Royal Oak Pub, with the One Up Cocktail Bar above it on the second floor. The building was closed for construction for a year, but what emerged in the Spring of 2017 was a new building with an appealing 19th-century-style facade, in keeping with the heritage of the community.
A cycling pathway leads from New Edinburgh to downtown Ottawa, and outdoor enthusiasts will also appreciate beautiful Rideau Falls Park, where twin waterfalls mark the spot where the Ottawa River meets the Rideau River. This park is just a short walk from Rideau Hall. Those into sporting activities on the waterfront will enjoy the offerings at The Ottawa New Edinburgh Club, one of the city’s oldest sports clubs, just outside the neighbourhood limits. The tennis, rowing, and sailing programming for adults and children are quite popular.
Traditionally an affluent neighbourhood, New Edinburgh is the home of Rideau Hall, a federal heritage building which is the official residence of the Governor General of Canada. Rideau Hall offers tours to the public year round, of the 175-room main residence, the art collection, and the impressive grounds, set on almost 80 acres. The grounds also play host to many celebrations, concerts, and sporting events.
24 Sussex, historically the official residence of every Prime Minister of Canada since 1951, is also located in New Edinburgh. However, current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has chosen to reside at Rideau Cottage on the grounds of Rideau Hall, until extensive repairs can be made to 24 Sussex. New Edinburgh is also home to several embassies and consulates.