Located in Innes Ward on the eastern side of Ottawa, Ontario, Blackburn Hamlet is one of those very special places which combines the beauty of rural living with the convenience of being close to a city. Up until the amalgamation of Ottawa, which took place in 2001, it was classed as part of the city of Gloucester.
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An established neighbourhood boasting lovely parks, quiet streets and several generations of families, Blackburn Hamlet has all the camaraderie that you find when living in a small town.
Thanks to the easily accessible highways, Blackburn Hamlet offers a short commute to the city whilst allowing you to spend your free time is this gorgeous suburban community. With a population of around 9,000, Blackburn, as it is affectionately known by locals, offers a plethora of activities to enjoy whatever your age. Anyone who is looking to experience the very best of suburban living in the Ottawa area will be hard pressed to find anywhere that ticks as many boxes as Blackburn Hamlet. Feel of the Neighbourhood There is a very strong focus on community spirit and bringing everyone together. We think it’s no exaggeration to say that everybody has everyone else’s back here, so to speak, and you may get to forge lifelong friendships.
There are plenty of fine restaurants and bars in the area, but you are just as likely to be spending your evenings having a barbecue at your neighbour’s home or hosting one of your own. But even with good reasons to stay home, you still have the option to dress up and enjoy a great night out on the town, and coming from Blackburn you’ll have no shortage of trustworthy babysitters should you have little ones that need looking after.
It’s hard to know where to start when describing the entertainment options in Blackburn Hamlet. Besides all the exciting outdoor opportunities mentioned, this area is also home to the SuperDome, a fantastic indoor recreation venue. If you like sports, you and your family will love the SuperDome! And then, every June, the Funfair rolls into town, an event marked on everyone’s calendar. The ethos here is that rain, hail or shine the fair will go on; the whole town turns out in force and a great time is had by all. Add to this the community-based events which take place throughout the year and you can guarantee nobody in Blackburn Hamlet knows the meaning of the word ‘bored’.
There is a great choice of home styles available in Blackburn Hamlet from stylish one-storey properties to larger ‘Hickory model’ houses. Whatever size home you need for your family, you will find it here. As the north of the hamlet is bound by a green belt, the properties in this area with their glorious views are highly sought after. With a great combination of old and tastefully built new properties in Blackburn, as well as some amazing condos for those who prefer a smaller, easier-to-maintain home, you will have many options to choose from when house hunting.
With a designated NCC green belt as a boundary, as well as land which is owned by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, residents of Blackburn Hamlet have access to more than 250 km of cross country skiing and hiking trails. As if that wasn’t enough there is also one of the area’s most sought after hills for tobogganing right on the doorstep at Green’s Creek. International football tournaments are held on a series of outdoor soccer fields known as Hornet’s Nest, and there is also an awesome cooperative garden which local residents have been maintaining for more than 25 years. In short, with all this green space and fresh air you never have to worry about pollution or noise here – yet another reason for living in this stunning suburb. For the most part, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the peaceful and serene setting that Bel-Air Heights provides its residents.
In such a tight-knit community it should come as no surprise that the crime rate in Blackburn Hamlet is impressively low, and continues to decline. The strong community spirit has no doubt led to the area’s low and decreasing crime rate, which bodes well for anyone looking to move to the area. There is nothing quite like being able to walk about at night feeling safe, which is certainly one of the most important benefits of living here.
Whether you have a lively toddler who will benefit from an outstanding kindergarten or a teenager who needs the structure of a good school, you will find all the necessary solutions in Blackburn Hamlet. There are also excellent pre-school options: Blackburn Hamlet Preschool and Children’s Universe Daycare. Having two to choose from is rare and gives parents the opportunity to make an informed decision as to which establishment best suits the needs of their little ones. Similarly, there are several options open at the elementary school level. Glen Ogilvie Public School is one of the finest schools in the area and gives youngsters the best possible start in life. There is also an excellent Catholic elementary school, the Good Shepherd, which prides itself on ensuring your child gains an appreciation of moral values and can develop academic intelligence and other abilities. There are 6 excellent secondary/high schools in the area for your teenagers to make the transition into adulthood. Colonel By Secondary School offers everything you could want from a top-end school, and both in and out of the classroom your child will be able to embrace the high school experience. Parents whose children previously attended the Good Shepherd have a choice of two excellent Catholic high schools. The closest one is in Gloucester and is the Lester B. Pearson High School.
For public transport in and around Blackburn Hamlet there is the BRT (Bus Rapid Transport) network operated by OC Transpo. The 128 route takes you directly from Blackburn to Hurdman Bus Station located in the city. These buses run regularly throughout the day, so you’ll never be hanging around waiting for long. For those who prefer to drive, the Ottawa Regional Road 30 will get you into the city within 15 minutes.
While it may seem that the real meaning of family life has become a little lost in other areas of North America, this is not the case in Blackburn Hamlet. Renowned for its green spaces and many activities, this place knows what the expression ‘quality time’ means. We all know that a suburb is a smart choice for raising a family, and Blackburn is easily one of the best. Blackburn Hamlet has the small-town ambience but with all the sights and sounds of the city only minutes away. Once you set foot here you won’t believe that the hustle and bustle of Ottawa is just beyond your doorstep; it really does feel as if you are millions of miles from anywhere – in a good way. Those who are still under the impression that suburban life is dull have certainly never visited Blackburn Hamlet. Generations of families can’t be wrong. Blackburn is the ideal place to raise a family and enjoy life.