Sandy Hill

Sandy Hill Fast Facts

  • Population: 12,070
  • Size: 2.07 sq. km
  • Avg. household income: $74,285
  • Number of homes: 6,076
  • Distance from Parliament Hill: 1.5 km east
  • Who’s building: Richcraft


Just below Rideau Street on the north, Nicholas Street and the Queensway on the south, the Rideau Canal on the west, and the Rideau River on the east.

Illustration: Dwight MacPherson / Source: Google Maps, StatCan



Once Ottawa’s wealthiest neighbourhood, Sandy Hill sits on the eastern edge of downtown and gets its name from its hilly terrain and sandy soil.

The area is an interesting mix of fine, older homes, including heritage structures, embassies, student residences, some boarding houses, and the University of Ottawa. Residents are a mix of Anglophones and Francophones, with a good representation of immigrants from Somalia, Lebanon and Haiti.

Sandy Hill is a highly walkable community and is well-served by public transit. It includes the popular riverside Strathcona Park, and shopping is readily accessible on Rideau Street. There are no public schools in the neighbourhood.


Famous residents have included prime ministers Sir John A. Macdonald, Wilfrid Laurier and William Lyon Mackenzie King.

Full profile to follow.


Transit options

Sandy Hill is well-served by OC Transpo, close to the LRT’s University of Ottawa and Rideau stations and a short drive from Hwy 417. Bike paths either run along the edges of the community or are easily accessible.

OC Transpo
Cycling paths


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