Neighbourhood Highlight: Nepean Part One (Leslie Park, Bruce Farm, Trend Village & Arlington Woods)


Published October 18, 2023

Last edited November 28, 2023


Of all the neighbourhoods in Ottawa, you would be hard pressed to find someone who does not know about “Nepean”. It is a long standing, quite large neighbourhood in Ottawa which is why we have to break it down into different “parts”. Part One will focus on Leslie Park, Trend Village/Sheahan Estates, Bruce Farm and Arlington Woods – the communities to the southwest of Greenbank and Baseline.

Located in a central area of Ottawa these neighbourhoods all have great access to the rest of the city including the 417 both east and west bound as well as the southbound 416. There is easy access to both downtown and Ottawa west from here as well as Barrhaven just down Greenbank Road. Amenities abound with a diverse selection of restaurants, shopping, places of worship, greenspaces, clinics and schools. Plus the Queensway Carleton Hospital is located within 5 minutes of these neighbourhoods making them a popular spot for doctors, nurses and hospital staff. 

Queensway Carleton Hospital

Options for schools in these neighbourhoods include:

St.John the Apostle School 

École élémentaire publique Mamawi

Knoxdale Public School

Edouard Bond (French)

Terre-des-Jeunes (French)

Sir Robert Borden High School

St Paul High School

This gives families quite a diverse selection of boards and languages as well as programming. Algonquin College is also just minutes from this area, for post-secondary students. For recreation and community centres, the Nepean Sportsplex is nearby which is one of the largest in the city. There is also the Pinecrest Recreation Centre, Bell Centennial Arena and Centrepointe Theatre. Centrepointe Library is also nearby which is a fantastic Ottawa Public Library Branch. 

Greenspaces in the area are abundant! One of Ottawa’s most popular parks is Bruce Pit Dog Park with an amazing amount of trails and open spaces where families (including furry members) can enjoy the outdoors. There are also numerous large parks through these communities with play structures, soccer pitches, baseball diamonds, splash pads, community gardens and open spaces.

Bruce Pit Dog Park

The entirety of this area of Nepean is home to approximately 32,000 Ottawans. The majority of families are married with children, with single parent families coming in behind. The majority of people are in the 30 to 44 age group and 70% of the population is employed outside of the home. The average household income is $129,014 and most people are university educated. 91% of the homes are owned, with only 9% rented. The majority of homes are townhomes at 64% with single family homes coming in second at 29%. You’ll notice in Leslie Park in particular the townhouse have a distinctly English garden home feel as opposed to your newer built townhomes. Lots of character here!

Do you have a favourite spot in this neighbourhood? If so, please let us know and we will highlight it!

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