Westboro is a culture-filled, fun, and lively community located just west of Ottawa's downtown core, with a population of around 23,000. Scenic views of the Ottawa River and Gatineau Hills, trendy shops, restaurants, and lots of outdoor space make it is easy to see why this picturesque neighbourhood is such a highly sought after place to call home. Residents of the area feel a sense of community pride, which they show by participating and hosting many community events. Westborites do not hesitate to show their warm, welcoming attitude that highlights this charming village true spirit.
This trendy neighbourhood close to the city centre is replete with local businesses, shops and restaurants. Teeming with spaces for outdoor activities and fresh air make it a wonderful urban village setting for those who live here and those visiting.
Commuting from Westboro can feel like a dream with its eco-friendly travel on the LRT. For those who prefer a more scenic commute, the Western Parkway runs along the Ottawa River, and for health enthusiasts, there are bike paths. An effortless connection to the Queensway (Ottawa's main east-west thoroughfare) can take you across the city in no time.
With its wide sidewalks and plenty of parking, Richmond Road is the primary retail strip offering a wide variety of shops and services. Unique storefronts, together with a high walkability score, give this charming neighbourhood everything you need to feel the quaintness of a small town despite the proximity to the core of busy downtown Ottawa.
Reasons to move to Westboro
REAL ESTATE 2020
Average home price & source – Average Sale Price Residential & Condominium Combined : $767,104, Up 8% over 2019
* based on MLS districts 5001, 5002, 5003, 5102
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Westboro is a mature neighbourhood with tree-lined streets and a mix of mid-century and new- infill homes and luxury condominium buildings. The residents of this neighbourhood differ in ages and stages of life, with lots of retirees, young families, and business professionals residing within its borders. There is a sense of togetherness when it comes to why they chose Westboro as their home. It has something for everyone from its whimsical, active, small-town feel with amenities, transportation, and local businesses and its proximity to the scenic Ottawa River and Gatineau Hills. Residents and visitors take advantage of the Ottawa River trails for running, cycling, and rollerblading. It is clear that people of all lifestyles greatly enjoy their home and place in this active community and are welcoming towards newcomers looking to settle in.
Westboro is one of the true gems of Ottawa, perfectly situated at the heart of our community. The Ottawa River continues to be a focal point of the neighbourhood. The combination of fascinating history, beautiful tree-lined streets, proximity to the Ottawa river, bike paths and unequalled cultural and culinary opportunities makes it truly unique.
Westboro caters to all interests and activities. It has everything from beautifully painted wall murals, sidewalk statutes to outdoor sports. Shopping is outstanding, and the area has everything from camping and outdoor supplies to high fashion boutiques. You are never far from walking and bicycle paths along the Ottawa River. Looking for world-class dining, walk along Richmond road; you will find every kind of excellent restaurant to satisfy any palate.
Westboro is one of the most sought after and trendiest neighbourhoods in Ottawa and is a highly sought-after place to live. It is also extraordinary because many of its residents work within a short distance from home. They can commute by walking, riding their bike or using OC Transpo. It is a vibrant and lively community with a powerful spirit.
Are you looking for something to do in Westboro? This active community has an abundance of activities and attractions to keep its residents busy, stimulated, and on the move. Explore the community with the annual "Shop the Village Event," where everyone receives a canvas bag of special offers and coupons and are encouraged to check out the shops within the community and hopefully scoop up some great local deals. Additionally, running until 2025, you can experience "La nature en Ville Westboro Nature Walk," an outdoor photography exhibition put on by renowned wildlife photographer Michelle Valberg. Her photos wrap around 9 utility boxes from Golden Avenue to Island Park, providing culture, beauty, and art along Westboro's streets. For musical entertainment, residents of Westboro enjoy Westfest every June. Westfest is an outdoor music festival featuring local Canadian performers. Secondary to the performers, there is also a market with local vendors, a kid zone with family-friendly activities and many other features that make this event worthwhile.
If you are looking for more ways to partake in the active lifestyle that the community offers, The Western Parkway, closes to traffic on Sundays throughout the summer to offer bike days to locals and visitors looking to enjoy the scenery. Westboro Beach is also a popular attraction, with year-round sunsets to take in and a tiki bar, grill, and live music at the Westboro Beach Cafe throughout the summer. Remic Rapids and Bates Island are also excellent stops to enjoy the natural beauty that Westboro offers.
Attention Foodies, Westboro is the town for you! Westboro offers an abundance of places to enjoy a meal, whether it be breakfast, brunch, lunch, supper or just a nice treat or coffee to enjoy. Start your day at the Baker Street Cafe, Savoy Brasserie, or Chez Francois for delicious and unique breakfast/brunch options. You may need to make a reservation, though, as these places are popular and usually fill up pretty quickly! Coffee Shops abound with options to satisfy even the most discriminating connoisseurs. Lunch options vary from the food truck “Bite This” pub lunches like Barley Mow and Clocktower, burgers from “The Works” and diners like Newport and Savoy Brasserie. For lighter options or vegetarian and vegan diets, Westboro is also home to Freshii and Pure Kitchen. Fine dining is offered at Gezellig, Lexington Smoke House and Fratelli’s. For those with a sweet tooth, you will find Batter up Bakery, Quelque-Chose of course, there is a Dairy Queen. With such a wide variety of wonderful places to eat in this village, you’ll be adjusting your budget in no time to make room to try all of these dine-out options.
Westboro is home to families of all ages. There are excellent schools and daycares and many activities for retirees and seniors. Westboro is one of the only Ottawa neighbourhoods that has every type of housing to select from. There are picturesque old single-family homes and new build single low-rise condos. There are also world-class high-rise condos with stunning views of the Ottawa River and Gatineau hills. The best way to start understanding the variety of homes to select from is to take a walk around Westboro and check out the array of homes to choose from.
Westboro has some of the best transportation connections in Ottawa. The main street, Richmond Road, runs East to West. Several principal streets, such as Parkdale, run North and South and allow quick access to the Queensway. OC Transpo currently has Westboro and Dominion stations. Routes 11 and 16 provide frequent local bus service along Richmond Road. Westboro will be even better serviced when Phase Two of the LRT is completed.
The famous Algonquin tribe lived along the then, Kitchesipppi river in the Westboro area. The river is now called the Ottawa River. The Ottawa City Ward is named Kitchesippi to honour that history. Westboro became a critical area for the British Military in the 1900th century. They used the Ottawa River and what became Richmond Road as the principal route out of Ottawa to the West. Westboro remained a village until 1949, when it joined Ottawa. Also, in that era, Main street was renamed Churchill Avenue in honour of Winston Churchill. When the streetcar started coming to the area, many people from Ottawa opened cottages; some of these buildings can still be seen. Westboro has proudly built on its fascinating history and is ready to grow and develop even more.
Westboro, a Very Special Place to Call home
With excellent schools in both catholic and public sectors for elementary and secondary students alike and private and international institutions for those who choose alternative boards, the community fosters an excellent learning and family-centred environment. Dovercourt Community Centre is available when residents aren’t outside enjoying Westboro’s beaches, trails, and green space for their fix of exercise. People of all ages use it for its pool, sauna, waterslide, tennis courts, general interest classes, sports programs, and other activities. No matter what you are looking for, you are sure to find outside your beautiful backdoor in Westboro and can enjoy the scenery on the way.
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