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Living in Blackburn Hamlet

Blackburn Hamlet is a suburban area in Ottawa’s east end. It is one of two suburban areas in Ottawa that is surrounded by the National Capital Commission (NCC) Greenbelt lands, and the Canadian Federal Conservation Authority lands, providing Blackburn Hamlet residents and visitors with over 250 km of hiking and cross-country skiing trails.

Blackburn Hamlet Housing

Most of the homes were built in the 1960s and 1970s and feature a variety of single-family, semi-detached and townhomes.

The area is home to a number of elementary and secondary schools including Louis-Riel high school.

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Blackburn Jobs and Employment

Further west than its neighbouring suburb Orléans, Blackburn Hamlet is a relatively quick commute to Ottawa’s downtown and is serviced by many OC Transpo bus routes. It is also included in the first phase of Ottawa’s new Light Rail Transit system, making it an even more accessible area for workers.

Is Blackburn Hamlet A Safe Neighbourhood?

Blackburn Hamlet has active community volunteer involvement through the Blackburn Community Association (BCA). Many activities, clubs, events and committees, including Neighbourhood Watch, are run through the BCA. Violent crime is a rarity in the area, with the majority of incidents involving the Ottawa Police Service relating to mischief complaints, particularly for graffiti.

Blackburn Hamlet Activities

The “Hornet's Nest” is an outdoor recreational facility containing 11 soccer fields and a multi-use indoor sports dome is located in Blackburn Hamlet. The FIFA-approved soccer pitch is a big draw for residents and visitors who are in town for competitive soccer tournaments. The Superdome runs throughout the year, allowing summer sports to be played in the winter.

During the winter months, the Blackburn Arena opens its ice rink, where local residents can partake in hockey and public skating. Blackburnites can also take a quick trip to the nearby Richcraft Sensplex in Ottawa East, which has four areas, including three regulation NHL size rinks.

Another popular winter activity in the area is tobogganing on Green’s Creek, a large hill located just next to the hamlet.

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