The Ottawa River forms the northern boundary. The western boundary is the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and the transitway, while the southern boundary is Hwy. 417 and to the east the boundary is roughly Melbourne Avenue.
Settlement of this large neighbourhood dates to 1810, when Ira Honeywell arrived to set up a homestead on land his father had purchased near what is now the intersection of Lockhart and Algonquin avenues on the area’s western edge. Later landowners and farmers included the Thomsons and the McKellars. Developers began selling housing lots in the eastern part of the neighbourhood around 1911, and a golf course opened in 1927 just north of Carling Avenue, between Fraser and Courtenay avenues. However, development of the area was slow until the City of Ottawa annexed much of it from Nepean Township in 1950. The city sold off the golf course a few years later and housing construction took off. In recent years, Richmond Road has seen a spurt of condo construction.
Claim to fame
Two of the city’s oldest homes are located on Richmond Road in this neighbourhood, including Maplelawn (home to a rare 1800s walled garden) and the McKellar-Bingham House.
- Glabar Park
- McKellar Park
- Highland Park
Who’s building where
No major projects.
In the area
Carlingwood has a diverse range of housing stock, including century-old homes, small veterans’ houses, larger postwar homes on tree-shaded lots, semi-detached units, walk-up apartment blocks, 1980s apartment towers and new condos. The northeastern part of the neighbourhood is next to popular Westboro, benefiting from Westboro’s amenities without the Westboro housing price tag. Attractions include:
- Ottawa River
- Maplelawn Garden
- Westboro Beach
- Kitchissippi Lookout
- Westboro Market (farmers’ market)
- Recreational pathways
- Pedestrian/cycling-friendly routes
Carlingwood has English public and Catholic elementary and high schools. French schools are more distant.
- English public: Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
- English Catholic: Ottawa Catholic School Board
- French public: Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
- French Catholic: Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
Westboro Montessori School and Churchill Alternative are in the northeast corner of the neighbourhood.
This neighbourhood is largely residential, with retailers clustered along Richmond Road and Carling Avenue. The Canadian Institute for Health Information is one major source of office employment. Other businesses include:
- Produce Depot
- Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)
- Clocktower Brew Pub
- Silver Spoon Thai
- Batter Up Bakery
- Lexington Smokehouse and Bar
- Brio Bodywear
- Great Escape Outfitters
- The Keg Steakhouse
- Pure Kitchen
- West End Kids
- Kiddie Kobbler
- Quelque Chose Macaron Boutique
- Beer Store
- Canadian Tire
- Carlingwood Shopping Centre
- Carlingwood YMCA-YWCA
- Ottawa Public Library (Carlingwood branch)
- Dovercourt Recreation Centre
- Soloway Jewish Community Centre
- Anytime Fitness
- Ottawa Family Cinema (at Notre Dame High School)
- Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre
- Royal Canadian Legion Branch 480
Services in Carlingwood include medical offices, churches, funeral homes, salons, banks, gas stations, retirement homes and day care centres.
The community is served by multiple public transit routes: octranspo.com. The neighbourhood will have two new LRT stations (New Orchard and Cleary) when Stage 2 of Ottawa’s expansion of the western portion of the Confederation Line is complete, as well as two LRT stations rebuilt from former Transitway stations (Lincoln Fields and Dominion).
For more info
Ottawa Neighbourhood Study: