Island Park / Westboro Neighbourhoods of Ottawa-Gatineau
These communities are popular for their access to scenic Island Park Drive, and quick access to Quebec across the Champlain Bridge, and ready access to Westboro Beach. The area is also home to many embassies.
The Island Park Drive neighbourhood runs along and just east of Island Park Drive itself. Island Park Drive is where Wellington (into neighbouring Hintonburg) turns into Richmond Road, which continues into Nepean and Bell's Corners. The area is served on Ottawa's Transitway by Tunney's Pasture Station, which runs along the neighbourhood's northern border, parallel to Scott Street.
Westboro lies west of Island Park Drive, and extends to Woodroffe Avenue and south to Carling Avenue. The community has great views of the Gatineau Hills across the Ottawa River. The main road through the community is Richmond Road. Westboro was once the center of old Nepean Township, and the 1831 Maplelawn Garden is the second oldest building in Ottawa, and now designated a National Historic Site.
An Ottawa streetcar line used to run along what along Byron Avenue, bringing Ottawa residents out to "cottage country: and bringing area residents to work in the city. When the community was annexed into Ottawa in 1949, Churchill Avenue, originally known as Main Street, but renamed since there already was a Main St in Ottawa.
Highland Park, considered a sub-neighbourhood of Westboro, is located between Dovercourt Avenue and Richmond Road, Churchill Avenue and McKellar Park (west of Broadview Avenue). This area is also an upper-middle class neighbourhood with fine homes, with affordable rental apartments closer to Carling Ave.
McKellar Park is on the west end of Westboro, north of Sherbourne Avenue, and a very desirable residential community. The neighbourhood is walking distance from Dovercourt Recreation Centre (DRC), the Jewish Community Centre (JCC), the "Y", the Public Library, Carlingwood Shopping Centre, as well as the Ottawa River Parkway.
McKellar Heights is Jewish enclave, south of Carling Avenue, between Maitland Drive on the west and Clyde Avenue on the east. The neighbourhood is home to the Jewish Community Campus of Ottawa. The campus features the Soloway Jewish Community Center, Hillel Lodge (a nursing home), and Hillel Academy School. There is also a small business park west of Clyde.
Hampton Park is a park and neighbourhood in the northwest of the Queensway at Island Park Drive. The neighbourhood was first developed in 1910 by J.C. Brennan who gave his name to residential Brennan Avenue in the area. Hampton Park's streets are named for upper-class neighbourhoods of London, including Kensington, Piccadilly, Mayfair, and Windsor. The Hampton Park has been home to baseball games as far back as 1916. The area has close access to shopping & services along Carling Avenue. Recently, Hampton Park was in the headlines for its role in the replacement of the Island Park Bridge on the Queensway in 2007.
Access to the Queensway/417 is a quick drive away, and the neighbourhood is served by two stations of the rapid-bus Transitway: Westboro and Dominion.
Most of the homes in Island Park date back to the 1920's and 1940's. In Westboro, many cottage-like residences still exist today north of Scott Street. Several recent condominium projects are increasing community density.
Highland Park has many large luxury homes along Dovercourt, with a concentration of middle-class low-rise apartment buildings closer to Carling Avenue.
Island Park is an older neighbourhood, with most homes (57%) pre-dating 1946, and 26% constructed between 1946 and 1960, and only 13% were built since 1961. The community has about 2,100 dwellings, of which 68% are detached signle family, 11% are semi-detached, 2% are row houses, 7% are apartment duplexes, 6% were high-rise apartments (over 5 stories), and 5% were low-rise apartments. The great majority of residents (80%), owned their homes, while only 20% rented.
Westboro, west of Island Park Drive, is a mature neighborhood, with most growth happening after the Second World War, with only 20% of dwellings pre-dating 1946. Many (32%) of the dwellings in Westboro were constructed 1946 - 1960, 14% built 1961 - 1970, 11% built 1971 - 1980, 5% built 1981 - 1985, and 7% have been constructed since 2001 Westboro;s 4,400dwellings were made up of 36% single family, 8% semi-detached, 7% row houses, 4% apartment duplexes, 26% high-rise apartments (over 5 stories), and 19% low-rise apartments. About half (48%) of the residents rented, while 52% own their homes.
Island Park is home to two public schools, one Catholic School, and McKellar Park is home to 2 public elementary schools, and Churchill Alternative School. High school students are served by Nepean High School.
Westboro is a focal point for outdoor & fitness stores like Mountain Equipment Co-op, lululemon athletica, Bushtukah, The Expedition Shoppe, and Trailhead. Boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops on Richmond Road (Wellington Village) have made Westboro into a trendy neighbourhood.
Hampton Park has nice walking trails, an outdoor pool, and two ball diamonds, at the south end of Island Park at the Queensway. Highland Park (the park) has a tennis court, baseball diamond and field which can be used for football or soccer. Dovercourt Recreation Center features meeting halls and a swimming pool. McKellar Park has a small outdoor swimming pool, two soccer fields, two tennis courts, a baseball park and a brand new playground.
The area is loved for its access to the Ottawa River Parkway, the Champlain Bridge, the rapids below the bridge, as well as the Westboro and Remic Beaches on the Ottawa River. The Ottawa River Parkway has 20 kms of walking/biking paths extending east to Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal, and even up into the Gatineau Hills. The community has lots of green space and is renowned for beautiful sunsets overlooking the Ottawa River.