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Living in the Glebe

The Glebe was once among Ottawa's first suburbs but is now considered one of the city’s more central and affluent neighbourhoods, boasting over 11,000 residents. The area is defined by its proximity to the Rideau Canal, the trendy restaurants and shops that line Bank St.—the neighbourhood’s main commercial road—and the newly reimagined Lansdowne development, one of Ottawa’s premier entertainment hubs.

Glebe Housing

Much of the Glebe consists of detached homes, many of them constructed in the early decades of the 20th century. Some of these homes are owner-occupied family residences, while others have been subdivided into multiple rental apartments, ideal for students who attend nearby Carleton University.

The Lansdowne Park redevelopment also encouraged builders to introduce large condominiums into the area. Although the housing stock is suitable for both upper and middle-income groups, the area underwent significant gentrification in the 1970s and has been known as one of Ottawa’s elite neighbourhoods ever since.

The Glebe is mostly populated by families, considering the quality of the schools in the area, including Glebe Collegiate Institute.

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Glebe Jobs and Employment

Over 60 percent of Glebe residents are university educated, with much of the population working in white collar employment areas, according to Statistics Canada’s Census. Some of the wealthiest people in Ottawa live in this community.

Is The Glebe A Safe Neighbourhood?

The Glebe has a strong community association, which, in addition to running a large community centre, lobbies the local government on issues such as traffic calming, safety and security and neighbourhood development.

Glebe Activities

In 2012, the Glebe’s Lansdowne Park underwent a major redevelopment, making it one of the city’s prime destinations for sports and entertainment. It contains TD Place Stadium, where Ottawa's Canadian Football League (CFL) football team, the Ottawa Redblacks, play. The area also contains TD Place Arena, which is the home of the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). It is home to a large movie theatre, several shops and box stores, and a wide variety of restaurants, bars and eateries.

The stretch of Bank Street that runs through the Glebe is one of Ottawa's premier shopping areas, with many boutique shops and top restaurants.

The last Saturday in May of each year brings the "Great Glebe Garage Sale" to the neighbourhood, attracting a large contingent of bargain hunters to the area.

The Glebe’s proximity to the Rideau Canal allows residents to be active in nature in both the summer and winter months. The canal boasts walking and cycling paths in warm weather and turns into the largest outdoor skating rink in the world when the temperature dips below freezing.

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