This area, west of the downtown core stretches from Bronson Avenue & Bank Street west to Greenbank Rd, from Baseline Road to the Ottawa River. This area includes some turn-of-last-century buildings between Bronson and Preston, and the area gets younger as you move west, with the Pinecrest area built up in the last 60's early 70s. It is bisected horizontally by both Carling and the Queensway.
The Central Experimental Farm forms much of its eastern boundary, and the parklands of the Ottawa River Parkway provide additional urban green space. Government offices at Tunney's Pasture and Dow's Lake are all close-by. This area has a higher proportion of anglophones, and was popular for its access to the extended hours shopping in the Nepean suburbs around it.
Here are some of the more notable home neighbourhoods in the Ottawa Area:
Westboro has many smaller single-family homes, while the area along Island Park Drive is larger impressive single family homes from the 1940s, popular with many of the city's ambassadors. Further west are newer neighbourhoods developed in the 1960s, including Carlington, Bel-Air Heights, Highland Park, Carlingwood, and Lincoln Fields. Carlingwood caters to a large resident senior citizen population, with a seniors centre in the shopping mall, and excellent transit service.
The far-west community of Britannia was a lakeside cottage country in the first part of the 1900's and still has a rural feel, without curbed streets and with very pretty gardens in the summertime. The newer neighbourhoods along Baseline are built in the 1970s and include many single-family homes
This area is well populated with schools, with 3 public high schools, 2 Catholic high schools, 16 elementary public and 9 elementary Catholic schools. The area is close to Algonquin College's Woodroffe campus and not far from Carleton University. Ottawa University is readily accessible by public transit.
The area has a couple of shopping malls, mostly clustered along Carling Avenue, though in the far west, residents go to nearby Bayshore. The major shopping areas close-by are Merivale Road to the area's south, and Bell's Corners to the west, up Richmond Rd. In the eastern part of the area, residents have access to Preston's Italian markets and Somerset's Asian stores.
This part of Ottawa is bounded by the Ottawa River Parkway on the north, with its biking and inline blading trails. The Central Experimental Farm pathways provide another east-west trail. This area has 4 swimming pools and 5 ice arenas. Carlington Park's ski hill is in the middle of the community, and Dow's Lake and the Rideau Canal lies on the eastern edge. A number of sailing clubs lie just west of the area, on Lac des Chenes on the Ottawa River.