Old Ottawa South, a character neighbourhood east of Carleton University & Bronson Ave, between the Rideau Canal and by the Rideau River. This middle class area is popular with Carleton professors and students (despite rising housing price).
There are several institutional and residential buildings in the area that are included on Ottawa's heritage list.
Notable structures include Hopewell Public School, Southminster Church, St. Margaret Mary Church, Trinity Church, the former Precious Blood Convent (now The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada), and the Old Fire hall (currently a community centre).
A public library and vibrant community groups also support the community with services like OSCAR, the community newspaper. With its relative proximity to the Rideau Canal, and Rideau River, there is plenty of park and recreational space available for residents. Downtown is a quick drive away, and the 417 is easily accessed for direct routes to the east and west. OC Transpo runs regularly down Bank Street, and offers routes 1 and 7 with nearby stops.
Rideau Gardens is a small, quiet and mature neighbourhood located east of Bank Street, between the Rideau Canal and the Rideau River, and centered around Windsor Park.
In terms of knowledge of official languages, 53% of Ottawa South residents reported that they could speak or understand English only, compared to the Ottawa average of 60%; 0.5% reported that they could speak or understand French only; 47.5% reported that they could speak or understand both English and French (higher than the Ottawa average of 37.2%); and less than 1% reported that they knew neither.
As of the 2006 census, Ottawa South had 8,153 residents
Rideau Gardens homes are built on large lots, and like Ottawa South and East, are full of beautiful executive homes, many of which are cottage style or grand heritage homes.
Ottawa South is an older neighbourhood; the majority of homes (60%) were built before 1946, and another 25% were built between 1946 and 1961. The rate of development has since been slow and steady; 3.6% were built between 1961 and 1970, 2.3% were built between 1971 and 1980, 2.5% were built between 1981 and 1990, and 5.7% were built between 1991 and 2006.
In 2006, Ottawa South had 3,219 dwellings: 63% were single detached, 11.4% are semi-detached, 7.5% are row houses, there were no apartments with 5 or more stories, 15% were apartments with less than 5 stories, and 4.6% were duplexes. Most residents (80%) owned their homes and 20% rented.
Bank Street is home to restaurants, pubs, antique stores, and the Mayfair Theatre. There is also the Billing Bridge Shopping Centre nearby.
As well, the Ottawa Folklore Centre supports the communities' vibrant music scene, which is commemorated in sidewalk inlays by the way of musicians' names inscribed on metal maple leaves. Brewer Park has a pond, several baseball diamonds and a skating arena. Carleton University also has extensive fitness & cultural facilities.
The community is adjoining Carleton University.