Centretown neighborhood lies right at the center of it all in Ottawa. Bordered by Parliament Hill and the Ottawa river to the north and Queensway to the south, you will find an endless mix of residential housing structures, parks, water, and small businesses located throughout this vibrant part of the city. Centretown acts as an urban core for bustling Ottawa city and is filled with cultural diversity. It houses all kinds of businesses, government buildings, Chinatown and Little Italy.
Make sure to check out the grand entrance to Chinatown, the Dragon Gate Archway. The city completed the arch in 2010 and it’s truly a sight to behold that leads the way to delicious Asian food and culture. Dundonald Park is a great place to see a movie for free in the park on warm summer nights. And, be sure to check out any local festivals that are happening in Centretown–there are many to choose from and all of them are a lot of fun! Ottawa Bluesfest, Italian Week, Jazz Festival and so much more. Finally, you could stop by the incredible Museum of Nature or take your own nature walk outside, following the winding waterways of the city.
You can find food for just about any appetite on Preston Street in Centretown. If you’re craving Asian or Italian food, you’ve come to the right place with both Chinatown and Little Italy nestled inside the cozy neighbourhoods of Centretown. Some highly rated restaurants in Centretown would include Town., which is a cozy Italian eatery, Johnny Farina (pizza and Italian food) and Pancho Villa.
Plant Recreation Centre has been around since 1924 and has continued to grow and evolve with the local community to stay in business. It first started as a bath house and now houses all kinds of sporting activities. The state-of-the-art facility offers the following:
Centretown also has a YMCA, with fitness classes, community events and space for kids to run and play.
If you want a large shopping experience or a mall with lots of stores and dining options, Rideau Centre is your best bet. And recently, several new high-end retailers have been added to the huge list of stores: Tiffany & Co., Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman and Nordstorm. And by August 16, 2016, five additional new stores will be added: H&M, Zara, Simons, Massimo Duti, and Ted Baker.
Other shopping options include Sparks Street, which is an Open Air Mall in the centre of Ottawa. If you like to shop and dine while admiring some amazing historical architecture, you’ll love Sparks! Sparks Street is also home to some of Ottawa’s biggest annual festivals including Ribfest, Poutinefest and the International Busker Festival.
Centretown has a variety of schools, from Canadian public schools to private institutions.
Elgin Street Public school is located near downtown in Centretown.
Lisgar Collegiate Institute is the high school in the area.
Centretown is a wonderful place to live if you enjoy being in the center of a large and busy city. The easiest way to get around Centretown is by walking or biking, which helps you to get outside and stay healthy. Many neighborhoods in Centretown have been revitalized with new businesses and restaurants. This pleasant and bustling city is the perfect fit a city-dweller who likes to be right in the middle of everything.