Bay Ward Communities and Areas
Bay Ward or Ward 7 covers much of the western portion of the old city of Ottawa as well as some portions of what was once Nepean. The ward runs from Denbury and Clyde in the east to March Road in the west. The southern border is the Queensway while the northern border is the Ottawa River. The westernmost part of the ward also contains a large section of the Greenbelt.
The ward contains a number of neighbourhoods with diverse populations and plenty of beautiful green space and protected wetlands to enjoy. Some of the neighbourhoods and areas are:
The main attraction is the Bayshore Shopping Centre which was built in 1973. The residential area Accora Village is home to 2,465 units, with approximately 7,000 residents. Accora Village offers its residents a recreation centre, it holds an indoor pool, a gymnasium, a weight room, a lounge, and party rooms.
Britannia is bounded by the Ottawa River to the north, Richmond Road to the south, the Sir John A MacDonald Parkway to the east, and Boyce Avenue to the west. The area has long enjoyed a reputation in the city for its excellent river access, parklands and recreation opportunities. This neighbourhood includes Britannia Village (known locally simply as “The Village”) which is bounded by the Ottawa River to the North and West, Mud Lake Conservation area to the east, and the old CPR line (now the Trans-Canada Trail) to the south.
Accora Village was the 2013 recipient of the Crime-Free Multi-Housing Program’s Rental Owner of the Year award, for its commitment to ensuring safety and security in the community.
In Bay Ward we have a provincially significant wetland and an area of natural and scientific Interest. It is also classified as a protected area by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Click here for more information on Mud Lake.
Shirleys Bay is a bay of the Ottawa River, about sixteen kilometres from downtown Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. It also includes a significant wetland and nature preserve that is part of an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area the Lac Deschênes-Ottawa River Important Bird Area. Click here for more information on Shirley’s Bay.
Glabar Park is bounded on the west by Fairlawn Avenue, north by Carling Avenue, south by the Queensway and on the east by Maitland Avenue.
The neighbourhood was first built in the late 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. In 1985 townhouses on Esterlawn Private were built which is off Fairlawn Avenue just behind Fairlawn Centre. Today a few houses on Carling Avenue have been demolished and turned into low-rise apartments.
The neighbourhood is home to D. Roy Kennedy Public School, St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Ottawa. It is home to two parks, Kingsmere Park and Lorry Greenberg Park. Kingsmere Park is the park with more of a social setting, it features a large wading pool in the summer, and a double-sized hockey and skating rink in the winter. These amenities are provided by the City of Ottawa. Fairlawn Mall is on Carling Avenue across from Carlingwood.
McKellar Park officially became a part of the Bay Ward community after the 2022 municipal elections as part of the City’s ward boundary review. McKellar Park is bounded by Sherbourne in the west to Denbury in the east and along the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway to the north with a portion of Carling Avenue to the south. To learn more about this area and its history or to get involved in the happenings of the community you can visit the McKellar Park Community Association web site here.
Lincoln Heights is a neighbourhood in the Britannia area. It is bounded to the south by Carling Avenue, to the north by Mud Lake, to the west by Greeview Avenue, and to the east by the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. The area is notable for its proximity to the Ottawa River and Mud Lake bird sanctuary. Lincoln Fields transit station is the main transit hub in the neighbourhood. The Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre will be redeveloped in the next 3 to 5 years.
The Old Forge Community Resource Centre, which is located in a historic building, is a key community centre.
Whitehaven – Queensview Terrace North
The Whitehaven-Queensway Terrace North neighbourhood is bounded by Carling Avenue on the north, Highway 417 on the south, Woodroffe Avenue to the east, and both Roseview Avenue and Dumaurier Avenue to the west. The neighbourhood includes the communities of Britannia Woods, Whitehaven, Queensway Terrace, Foster Farm and Michele Heights.
Similar to Whitehaven, development of Queensway Terrace North also began circa 1950s (when it was annexed to the City of Ottawa) on agricultural land known as ‘Arkell Farm’. Development continued in the neighbourhood with construction of the large apartment buildings beginning during the 1970s.
Development in Whitehaven-Queensway Terrace began in the 1950s and lasted throughout the 1960s on agricultural land known as ‘Fox Farm’. The land was originally divided into fairly large lots, most of which were split further over the years. However, some of the original, larger homes still remain in the neighbourhood.
Woodroffe North is bounded on the south by Richmond Road on the west by the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, on the north by the Ottawa River and on the east by the northern prolongation of Sherbourne Avenue.