Family-friendly neighbourhoods in Ottawa

With its beautiful green spaces and fantastic education options, Ottawa boasts many family-friendly communities.

By Homicity

Nov 26, 2019

Family-friendly neighbourhoods in Ottawa

Ottawa has quickly become one of the best places to buy a house thanks to its stable market, strong job growth, and high quality of life. Ottawa’s home to a highly educated and diverse population that’s found within its many neighbourhoods.


Ottawa is a great place to live and work that’s perfect for young professionals and families. With its beautiful green spaces and fantastic education options, Ottawa boasts many family-friendly communities.


Whether you’re thinking of a buying a family home in the city or the suburbs, here are a few of the family-friendly neighbourhoods in Ottawa:



Kanata is a rapidly growing suburb with plenty of options for entertainment and shopping. This neighbourhood appeals to families with its green spaces and access to various community centre programs and activities. Kanata is a growing community perfect for growing families who are looking for to buy new homes or to rent townhomes.



Orléans is a bustling, family-oriented suburb with a wide variety of amenities, green spaces, and historic homes. Families in this neighbourhood enjoy plenty of recreational activities, including skating rinks, wave pools, sports fields, and a large conservation area. There are also many great schools in Orléans with French, English, and Montessori options.



The Glebe is one of Ottawa’s oldest suburbs, featuring historical homes, trendy cafes, and unique boutiques. The Glebe is perfect for young urban families who want to live in a charming neighbourhood near downtown Ottawa. The Glebe Community Association is also one of the most active in the city, implementing measures to make the neighbourhood as family-friendly as possible.



Stittsville is a residential suburb home to many families thanks to its many parks, schools, and recreational activity. This neighbourhood is known for having both historic small-town charm and big-city amenities. Recreational and competitive hockey leagues are also popular in Stittsville.



Barrhaven is a residential family-oriented suburb that is rapidly growing. It’s affordable real estate, peaceful atmosphere, and great schools attracts families from around the world. This neighbourhood boasts city amenities, modern detached homes, and all the latest trends – from shopping to dining.


Ready to explore?

Set up a property search in Ottawa, explore different neighbourhoods, or find an agent to help with your search. 

For families with pets, find out which neighbourhoods are pet friendly.


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