Located just 15 kilometers south of Ottawa, Manotick is a nice community straddling the Rideau River, with most of the community on Long Island, and some on the west bank of the Rideau in the neighbourhood of (not surprisingly) Rideau in former Nepean Township. Three are small settlements in former Gloucester northeast of the neighbourhood, and in former Osgoode to the southeast of the community. Manotick was amalgamated into Ottawa in 2001. There Long Island Locks on the Rideau Canal are just to the north of the community, actually, at Nicolls Island. Manotick and area has about 10,000 residents.
Manotick is the Ojibwa word meaning 'island in the river'. The Manotick area first settled during the 1830s by Moss Kent Dickinson and Joseph Merrill Currier for the primary purposes of logging, milling, and trading following the construction of the Rideau Canal, but the town's importance diminished as Rideau Canal traffic declined. Once the timber industry slowed, the community remained stagnant for decades until in the 1970s it rebounded as a bedroom community for Ottawa. Today, residents celebrate the town's early history with a festival every June.
Manotick is a picturesque community, and has lots of character, history and charm, with a range of attractions & activities for residents and visitors of all ages. There are plenty of amenities in Manotick, including charming Bed & Breakfasts, quaint specialty boutiques, bakeries people drive form Ottawa to enjoy, award winning florists, art galleries, high quality clothing & accessories, and a great selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants. The town also has several churches of various faiths & eras.
Housing has developed at a fairly steady rate in this neighborhood. About 19% of homes pre-date 1946. 11% were built between 1961 and 1970, 21% built 1971 to 1980, 23% built 1981 - 1990, 11% built 1991 - 2000, and 15% built after 2001.
By 2006, Manotick had 3,000 dwellings, of which 93% are single family homes, 1% are semi-detached, 4% are row houses, 1% are apartment duplexes, and almost 1% low-rise apartments (under 5 stories). The great majority (93%) own their homes, while 7% of residents rent.
There are two elementary schools in Manotick (one public, one Catholic); and a Catholic High school, as well as a branch of the Ottawa Public Library
There are lots of shops in Manotick and there is a small shopping centre in Rideau, west of the Rideau River. The community is not far from the big box stores in Barrhaven or the Merivale Road shopping cluster.
For the outdoor enthusiast there is lots of fishing, boating, golfing and waterfront parks, including the large Maple Hill Park to the north of Manotick. . The town is home to the Manotick Curling Centre, and the Stonebridge Golf club is just north of the neighbourhood as well.
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