Gloucester used to be the township (established 1792) east of the Rideau River and running along Ottawa's eastern edge. Gloucester had a population of over 110,000, and because a city in 1981, before being merged into Ottawa in 2001.
Gloucester included a number of neighbourhoods, including Beacon Heights, Beacon Hill, Blackburn Hamlet, Blossom Park, Carlsbad Springs, Carson Grove, Cedardale, Chapel Hill, Chateau Neuf, Convent Glen, Cyrville, Gloucester Glen, Hiawatha Park, Honey Gables, Johnston Corners, Kempark, Leitrim, Limebank, Manotick Station, Orleans, Pineview, Piperview, Ramsayville, Riverglen, Riverside South, Rothwell Heights, South Gloucester, Victory Hill and Windsor Park Village
These suburban communities have plenty of family facilities, including health care and dental services, shopping (including the Place d'Orleans shopping centre), and recreational facilities like swimming pools, hockey arenas, golf courses, conservation areas with ski and hiking trails, as well as parkland and pathways along the Ottawa River.
Gloucester has easy access to Hwy 417 for quick trips to the downtown core, as well as O-Train stations, Park 'n' Ride, and well scheduled bus routes.