If you’re looking for an artsy and urban location to live, Hintonburg in Wellington West neighbourhood could be the right place for you. This down-to-earth and working-class area with residential neighbourhoods and a large strip of shops and restaurants on Wellington Street West is easy to traverse and trendy as can be. Hintonburg is located just west of the downtown core of Ottawa. It’s bordered on the east by the O-Train and Centretown West and has boundaries to the north by the transitway. The old neighbourhoods in Hintonburg became part of Ottawa back in 1907 and is now home to a friendly and creative hipster atmosphere.
What to do in Hintonburg
This area is well known for the mishmash of buildings that were set in place long before zoning rules started to apply. Due to this, you’ll find quaint clapboard homes nestled next to hip restaurants or wedged between small business stores. Hintonburg is well known for being home to the QUAD (Quartier des artistes) or arts district. You’ll find a plethora of galleries, art exhibits, arts classes, workshops and more. If you like the theatre, you could also catch a live show by the Orpheus Musical Theatre Society. The Great Canadian Theatre Company relocated to Hintonburg and puts on original plays there. If you like open air markets, be sure to check out Parkdale Market. It’s managed by the city and has been going on for almost 80 years. Local farmers and artisans bring their food or wares to sell farmer’s market-style at the Parkdale Market each summer.
Why Hintonburg is a cool historic location
A motion picture premiere took place here in 1896 when a film was projected using Thomas Edison’s Vitascope technique. It was part of a tent show in Hintonburg put on by the Holland Brothers. Hintonburg is also home to a series of old churches, some dating back more than one hundred years old. There are more than 30 heritage buildings in Hintonburg, making it a historic destination. If you hike or bike the Trans Canada Trail that goes through Hintonburg, it will take you past some of Ottawa’s most popular and historic landmarks.
Best restaurants to check out
Hintonburg has many local restaurants located throughout the area and also in Wellington West. The top rated restaurant in Hintonburg was Allium. This upscale eatery features Canadian food with romantic low-lights and high quality food and service. A popular restaurant on Wellington Street is Supply and Demand, a raw/live food restaurant that feature squid ink rigatoni, Albacore Tuna Crudo with lemon, truffle oil, puffed rice, and cilantro, and more. Tennessy Willems is a pizza joint with flavors you’ve never dream of (wild boar, cheddar, and apple) and The Wellington Gastropub is the place for seafood. If you’re craving barbecue, check out The Foolish Chicken.
Places to get outside or get a workout
If you’d like to skate, bike, hike or run outdoors, the Ottawa River Parkway is a scenic trail that follows a river and lush, dense treelines. If you’d rather see some history, hop on the Trans Canada Trail for a look at some awesome historic landmarks scattered throughout Hintonburg. The Hintonburg Community Centre has a large and fully equipped gym, dance classes, and multi-use rooms available for the public. If you want an intense workout, go see Crossfit Bytown for some crossfit action. And for those who don’t mind a little rough and tumble, check out Nomad Kickboxing and Boxing.
Schools in Hintonburg
There are a few school in Hintonburg and all are reputable in the community. First, there’s Connaught Public School, an elementary school located near Parkdale Avenue on Gladstone Avenue. Devonshire Community School is another elementary school and it is located near Somerset Street and Breezehill Avenue. The Ecole elementaire Saint-Francois d’Assise is another elementary school, a French language school run by the Catholic board. It struggled to stay open during the 1990’s but parents rallied to keep it going and now it’s running strong.
The Hintonburg neighbourhood is full of life with its easy access to downtown, shopping, food and entertainment, The largest library in Ottawa resides in this section of the city. The arts district has helped place Hintonburg on the map for cool up-and-coming neighbourhoods. Housing is plentiful and suitable for every taste in Hintonburg. If you want to find your ideal home in the Hintonburg neighbourhood of Ottawa, please contact me today. Let’s get to work on getting you into the space you deserve.