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Living in Orleans

Orleans is a beautiful neighbourhood, located on the east end of Ottawa. The most populous suburb in the Ottawa area, Orleans is home to over 107,000 residents. It's among the fastest growing neighbourhoods in Ottawa and is home to both English speaking and French Canadians. Experts rank it as one of the most welcoming and friendly neighbourhoods in Canada.

Orleans Housing

The neighbourhood has experienced rapid development in recent years. Ottawa real estate agents believe that despite the fluctuations in the market, buying a home in Orleans is definitely a sound investment. Property prices are projected to increase in the future, so anyone who buys now can reap the benefits later on.

The Orleans market is also filled with great homes available for rent.  There are several elementary and secondary schools located within Orleans.

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Orléans Jobs and Employment

The labour market in Orléans consists of a mix of government employees, and employees in the fields of business, finance, sales, as well as some trades. In recent years, city counsellors have been lobbying for large corporations to find a home in the east end. Most residents must commute to the downtown core, resulting in heavy traffic congestion during peak hours.

Commercial growth in the area originally started along St. Joseph Boulevard and later included Place d'Orléans, a large shopping centre with over 175 stores. Now, the commercial hub of the suburb is Innes Road. which features many restaurants, box stores and a movie theatre.

Is Orléans A Safe Neighbourhood?

Orléans is an extremely safe neighbourhood, which experiences a very low crime rate. It is considered the 4th safest neighbourhood in the city.

Orléans Activities

The Elizabeth Manley skating rink at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex is home to the Gloucester Skating Club and the Canadian Academy of Skating Arts. The Ray Friel Recreational Complex in the more eastern part of Orléans, includes a public library, an indoor wave pool, exercise facilities, a physiotherapy clinic, a sports store, a restaurant, two soccer fields and three skating arenas making it one of the main centres for recreation in Orléans.

In 2009, the Shenkman Arts Centre opened just east of Place d'Orléans. It is a multidisciplinary arts centre that houses a concert hall, black-box theatre, several art galleries and studio spaces for both visual and performing arts.

Along the Ottawa River in the north-east of Orléans, is the parkland of Petrie Island which has been converted into a large beach area. The second largest Canada Day party, following the celebrations on Parliament Hill, take place here every July 1.

There are also several nature trails and paths throughout the area and a beautiful waterfall near St-Joseph Boulevard.

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