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Barrhaven - in Ottawa's SouthWest End From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Barrhaven is a rapidly growing suburban neighbourhood in the southwest of the urban area of the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, about 17 km (11 mi) southwest of downtown Ottawa. Prior to amalgamation with Ottawa in 2001, Barrhaven was part of the City of Nepean. Barrhaven's population in 2001 was 41,711. Its population as of 2012 was 77,245. By 2021, the population is projected to swell to 95,000 and by 2031, to 110,000. (These numbers include all of Barrhaven, which is divided between two wards: Barrhaven and Gloucester-South Nepean.)
Barrhaven is approximately bounded to the north by the Greenbelt, to the east by the Rideau River, to the west by Highway 416, and to the south by the new Half Moon Bay development along Cambrian Road south of the Jock River. The area is diagonally bisected by CN rail tracks. Barrhaven is surrounded by rural areas and farmland, with the exception of the growing Riverside South area across the Rideau River. Directly south of Barrhaven is Manotick a commuter town of the city.
Barrhaven is divided into several areas: Barrhaven proper or Old Barrhaven is the westernmost part of the neighbourhood, lying between Cedarview Road and Greenbank Road. New residential development is expanding the west side of Old Barrhaven between Cedarview and Strandherd Drive. Also included in this area is a triangle of land east of Greenbank between Fallowfield Roadand the railway tracks known as Knollsbrook or The Triangle. South of this is the area known as Longfields, which stretches south to Strandherd and east to Woodroffe Avenue. Sandwiched between the railway tracks, Jockvale Road, Greenbank and Strandherd is the neighbourhood of Barrhaven on the Green. East of Woodroffe, next to the Rideau River, is the neighbourhood of Davidson Heights. South of Strandherd and east of Greenbank is a new community known as Chapman Mills. As Prince of Wales Drive approaches Jockvale, there is a thriving community known as Stonebridge that is located beside the Stonebridge Golf & Country Club.
Since Barrhaven has been built so quickly and so recently, like most North American suburbs, it has a very uniform feel considering how big it is. Almost every street consists of town houses with some streets having comparatively large suburban houses. In the older parts of Barrhaven, the streets wind and turn, never forming a grid as they do in older parts of Ottawa.
Barrhaven is divided into many neighbourhoods. The names are generally selected by developers.
- Barrhaven, also known as Old Barrhaven, west of Greenbank, south of Fallowfield, north the of rail tracks, and west of Jockvale
- Strandherd Meadows, the infill development extending Old Barrhaven to Strandherd Drive
- Longfields, east of Greenbank Road, west of Woodroffe Avenue, south of Fallowfield Road and north of Strandherd Drive
- Davidson Heights, east of Woodroffe Avenue
- Havenlea, east of Woodroffe bounded by Crestway Drive, Leikin Drive, Prince of Wales and Cresthaven Drive
- Chapman Mills, bounded by Prince of Wales Dr to the south/east, Woodroffe Ave to the west, and Stoneway Dr to the north.
- Rideau Glen, along Prince of Wales Dr, Holborn Avenue, and Rideau Glen Drive, north of Winding Way
- Winding Way, east of Prince of Wales Drive
- Stonebridge, located between Jockvale Rd and Prince of Wales
- Half Moon Bay, new neighborhood under development along Cambrian Road, west of Greenbank, east of Highway 416, south of the Jock River and north of Barnsdale Road
- Quinn's Pointe, new community under development along Cambrian Road, west of Greenbank, north of Barnsdale Road
- Barrhaven Mews, new community under construction between Strandherd Road and the Jock River and west of Jockvale/Greenbank Roads
- Barrhaven On The Green, located between Jockvale Road, Greenbank Road, Strandherd Road, and the Rail tracks
- Hearts Desire, located along the Jock River, in between Jockvale Road and Woodroffe Ave.
- West Pointe Village, located between Cedarview Rd., Fallowfield Rd., Strandherd Rd., and the Rail tracks
- Pheasant Run, west of Larkin Drive, south of Fallowfield, north of Jockvale and east of Cedarview Road
- Fraservale, south and west of Jockvale, east of Cedarview and north of rail tracks
- Knollsbrook, west and north of rail tracks, south of Fallowfield and east of Greenbank.
- Havencourt, across from South Nepean Park, east of Greenbank between the transitway and Longfields Drive.
- Havencrest, East of the intersection of Strandherd and Fallowfield and North of Jockvale Road.
Features and Amenities
Barrhaven contains several public and Catholic schools and numerous parks and playgrounds, mainly built in since 2000. It is also home to the Walter Baker Sports Centre which contains a library and other facilities. As of 2015, it features a strip mall on 3 of the 4 corners at the intersection of Strandherd Drive and Greenbank Road, with a seven-screen cinema, Sobey's grocery store, a Wal-Mart, Indigo Books and Music, Staples, Winners, Sport Chek, Starbucks, Machine, Loblaws, Heart & Crown, and Best Buy, among others. The Minto Recreation Complex, a new multi-use community center at the corner of Cambrian and Greenbank, opened in 2014. Check out my link for Shopping in Barrhaven.
Costco is coming to Barrhaven! It will be located at the corner of Maravista and Strandherd and include a Gas Bar. There will also be the 416 Auto Park with at least tow car dealerships announced and likely more coming.
It an easy commute for those working downtown via the "Queensway" or by OC Transpo with our many Express buses. In non-rush hour, we are about 20 minutes to downtown.
Barrhaven is served by seven local bus routes: 170, 171, 173, 175, 176, 177 and 186. These routes serve the local roads of Barrhaven as well as serving Fallowfield Station and Strandherd Station, where a transfer can be made to Ottawa's Rapid Transit system with Route 95. There are five express bus routes, 70, 71,72, 73, and 77, that provide direct service from local communities to downtown during the morning rush hour and from downtown to local communities during the afternoon rush hour; travel time is approximately 30 minutes. Route 186 runs from the Fallowfield Station to Manotick, stopping in the growing Stonebridge community before travelling on the lower half of Jockvale before hitting Prince of Wales Drive.
Intercity rail connections can be made at Fallowfield, Ontario railway station to Montreal and Toronto.
Until 2006, it was planned that the O-Train north-south light-rail line would be extended to the centre of Barrhaven near Riocan Marketplace via Riverside South. The project was cancelled on December 14, 2006, by Ottawa City Council. The city decided to focus on building rail-based rapid transit lines in the inner city instead. Rail-based rapid transit to Barrhaven will not be introduced until after 2031, after the three lines in the inner city are completed.
On January 2, 2007, OC Transpo opened the Strandherd Transitway Station and Park & Ride lot in Barrhaven. Directly across from the Riocan/Barrhaven Shopping Centre's Wal-Mart & TD Bank, the facility has space for about 330 cars. It was built to help with overcrowding at the Fallowfield Station and meet the increased demand for park and ride spaces in the community. Rapid transit route 95 takes approximately 10 minutes to travel between Fallowfield Station and Strandherd Station, and 2 minutes between Strandherd Station and Barrhaven Centre. The Province of Ontario funded one-third of the $5 million cost.
In April 2011, the bus rapid transit network was expanded in Barrhaven to better serve new communities. One feature was the extension of Route 94 to the intersection of Woodroffe and Stranderd. A new stretch of transitway was also constructed between Fallowfield and Strandherd to reduce travel times on Route 95.
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