The village of Greely is bounded by Mitch Owens Road to the north, Snake Island Road to the south, Bank Street to the east and Manotick Station Road to the west. Metcalfe is bounded by McKendry Road to the north, a line going from Craig Farm to Glenwood and Rosefire drives to the south, Nova Lux Way to the east, and Brentwood and Johannes streets to the west.
Metcalfe and Greely were both part of Osgoode Township. In the first half of the 19th century, settlers tackled large swaths of swamp and dense forest to create farms. Metcalfe benefitted from its status as a stop along the stagecoach route linking Cornwall and Ottawa, but both communities remained small until quite recently. Since Osgoode Township was amalgamated into the City of Ottawa in 2001, Greely has grown rapidly, with several executive home developments, multiple manmade lakes and a new commercial centre. It now has about 9,000 residents. Metcalfe, 10 kilometres to the southeast, is home to a little under 1,400 people. Both communities are popular with Ottawa commuters.
Claim to fame
Golfers enjoy these communities for their proximity to two courses: Emerald Links Golf & Country Club near Greely and the Metcalfe Golf Club. Also, here’s an interesting bit of trivia: NHL stars Larry Robinson and Marc Savard both once played for the Metcalfe Jets Junior C hockey team.
Greely is home to several distinct executive home developments, including Sunset Lakes, Woodstream, Greely Orchard and Water’s Edge.
Who’s building where
Quinn Farm (Greely), Bulat Homes
Lakeland Meadows (Greely), Park View Homes
In the area
Much of Greely–Metcalfe is within a 20-minute drive of Ottawa International Airport. The communities of Manotick and Russell are also within easy reach, as is the Carleton Yacht and Golf Club on the Rideau River.
All four major school boards serve Greely–Metcalfe.
- English public: Ottawa Carleton District School Board school locator
- English Catholic: Ottawa Catholic School Board school locator
- French public: Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario school locator
- French Catholic: Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est school locator
Greely Village Centre is a new commercial complex currently under construction; in all, four large buildings divided into multiple stores and offices are planned. Businesses in Greely and Metcalfe include:
- Foodland Greely
- RBC Royal Bank
- Bakker’s General Store
- Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm
- Therapeutic Riding Association of Ottawa-Carleton
- Circle J Ranch
- Metcalfe Agricultural Society/Metcalfe Fair
For those looking for more retail, large stores in the Blossom Park and South Keys neighbourhoods of Ottawa are about a 20-minute drive north of Greely (slightly longer from Metcalfe).
Greely–Metcalfe’s recreational and cultural facilities include:
- Baseball fields
- Tennis courts
- Soccer fields
- Metcalfe Curling Club
- Larry Robinson Arena
- Greely Community Centre
- Woodstream Community Centre
- Greely Indoor Pool
- Ottawa Public Library: Greely Branch
- Ottawa Public Library: Metcalfe Branch
- Greely Village Skateboard Park
- Canada Post office
Greely–Metcalfe has a range of service providers, including churches, service stations, medical offices and veterinary clinics. There are also several community associations, including:
The communities are also home to various clubs, such as the Metcalfe Lions Club and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 627.
OC Transpo operates buses to and from Greely and Metcalfe, largely to serve commuters. The new Bowesville light rapid transit (LRT) station, due to open in 2022, will include a large park-and-ride lot designed to accommodate commuters from these two communities.
Numerous north-south roads, including Bank Street and Limebank Road, connect Greely–Metcalfe to the urban area of Ottawa.