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6 Unexpected Delights of West Ottawa Living

6 Unexpected Delights of West Ottawa Living

Whether you’re on-the-go, looking for family-friendly activities, or prefer a quieter pace of life, you can find sights and delights just beyond your doorstep when you call West Ottawa home. The west end of our capital city provides convenient access to entertainment, employment, and amenity-rich opportunities, some of which may come as a surprise. Let’s explore some of the unexpected delights of West Ottawa living.

Andrew Haydon/Dick Bell Park

A stunningly beautiful swath of green space that hugs the southern shore of the Ottawa River, Andrew Haydon Park is accessible from Carling Avenue and contains a verdant wonderland perfect for contemplating nature and tranquil relaxation. It is large, hilly, pond-peppered, and full of walking paths that allows for large family gatherings and riverside public events amidst ample space for peace and quiet. Take a very short walk over to Dick Bell Park and its iconic lighthouse point for an afternoon right out on the water without having to get wet. The Nepean Sailing Club and a bird sanctuary also serve as exciting attractions.

Bayshore Shopping Centre

Home to a massive collection of midscale and upscale stores, this sky-lit shopping haven boasts a beautifully renovated and spacious food court, plenty of specialty stores from reputable brands such as Apple, Pandora, and Steve Madden, ample parking space and multiple entrances, as well as immediate access to OC Transpo bus services through Bayshore Station. Bayshore is also home to large and well-stocked Winners, HomeSense, and Walmart locations. Found at the heart of Accora Village, Bayshore Shopping Centre is a shopaholic’s paradise.

New Department of National Defence Location

Ottawa West is becoming hugely attractive to those seeking employment in higher-paying positions, specifically in the tech and governmental sectors. Particularly appreciated in the area is the new DND location, which has set up shop in a former Nortel Networks complex. Easily accessible by public transit and private vehicle, the Moodie Drive location provides employment for thousands of employees in a newly renovated and secure environment. For those employed at the new DND campus, Accora Village’s rental apartments and townhomes are the perfect fit.

Canadian Tire Centre

Just a short drive or bus ride west into Kanata is where you’ll first catch a glimpse of the impressive Canadian Tire Centre. Home to the Ottawa Senators, as well as dozens of large-scale events every year, this 600,000 square foot arena has a capacity of around 20,000, and it receives visits from some of the biggest names in show business and sports as a result. It has never been easier to head out for an evening of exciting entertainment, with everything from Algonquin College graduations to Disney on Ice events and Fleetwood Mac concerts held in this storied location.

Algonquin College

For those eager for a new adventure of a different kind, Ottawa’s famous Algonquin College has its main campus on Woodroffe Avenue. Renovated and modernized, it has continually served as a valuable source of skill building and high quality post-secondary education for 50 years. Programs and their curriculum are meticulously honed on a regular basis to help students find and secure a stimulating, rewarding, and prosperous career in today’s modern world.

OC Transpo and Highway 416 / 417 Access

With Bayshore Shopping Centre serving as a central hub for the area, you can expect consistent and simplified access to OC Transpo bus services throughout the area thanks to the inclusion of dozens of routes that pass through Ottawa West. Additionally, Highways 416 and 417 intersect in the middle of the area, enabling quick and efficient access to downtown Ottawa, the high-tech campus in Kanata North, and the communities of Nepean and Barrhaven to the south.

Ottawa West is an ever-growing and increasingly attractive area bolstering with opportunity in every sense. Take the time to discover the beauty, convenience, and unique features of the area. Before long, you’ll be tempted to move in to Accora Village to experience it all from just beyond your doorstep. Browse our rental properties today, or book a viewing!