Mooney's Bay / Heron Park / Confederation Heights neighbourhoods of Ottawa-Gatineau
Mooney's Bay Park is a large park on the Rideau River, accessed from Riverside Drive and from Hog's Back Road, with a beach, picnic areas, a children's playground and is the site of the Terry Fox Stadium. The park also has recreational pathways for cycling into the downtown core, and for cross country skiing. Mooney's Bay hosts the annual HOPE Beach Volleyball tournament and the annual Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival. The Bay is created by a dam holding water above Hog's Back Falls, and providing a reservoir for the Rideau Canal locks down to Dow's Lake and then to the Ottawa River.
Confederation Heights is made up of mostly government buildings, nestled in a hillside overlooking a bend in the Rideau River north of Mooney's Bay. It is bounded on the east by Data Centre Road, and on the south by Brookfield Road, with great access via Riverside Drive and Walkley Road.
Confederation Heights includes the RA Centre, the Clarke Memorial Centre, the Taxation Data Centre (Revenue Canada), the Edward Drake Building (Communications Security Establishment), the Sir Leonard Tilley Building, Canada Post Place (Canada Post headquarters), the Sir Charles Tupper Building (Public Works Canada), Hog's Back Park, Vincent Massey Park and Confederation Station.
Heron Park lies west of Bank St and north of Walkley Rd, and east of Sawmill Creek and the South Transitway. The neighbourhood of Heron Park has a selection of apartments, condos or houses. This community provides good shopping, lots of park access, and an outdoor rink.
Riverside Par, on the eastern side of Mooney's Bay, had 4,609 residents.
The area is mostly single family homes and low-rise townhouses.
Riverside Park's housing is several decades old, with most development over a twenty year period from 1960 to 1980. Eight percent of homes were built before 1960, 38% were constructed 1961 - 1970, 41% were built 1971 - 1980, and 13% were built after 1981.
Of the 2000 homes in the community, 36% of these were single family, 8.9% are semi-detached, 14% are row houses, 40% were high rise apartments (more than 5 stories) , 2% are apartment duplexes and low-rise apartments. The great majority 61% owned, while 39% of residents rented their homes.
The area is served by the small Riverside Mall, off Riverside Drive, and for bigger shopping, South Keys to the south or Billings Bridge to the north.
Nearby Mooney's Bay, the huge Vincent Massey Park to the south, and Hog's Back Falls offers great summer and wintertime activities, access to recreational pathways. More Hog's Back Photos.