The Advantages of Renting in Downtown Ottawa


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Do you thrive on being connected to the hustle and bustle of the city? Do you want immediate access to lots of stores, restaurants, bars, museums and cultural centres? Do you enjoy the beauty of majestic heritage buildings and bountiful green space? Perfect for students, artists and professionals, a Downtown Ottawa apartment rental has everything you need – and a lot more!


The great thing about the downtown core is that it serves as the hub for all transit service in the city. All major OC Transpo bus routes cut right through downtown along the Transitway and many more run along Bank Street and Rideau Street, giving you easy and affordable access to the entire city. As an added bonus, the Transitway runs until well past 2 a. m. , so if you live in a downtown apartment, you can stay out late and still make it home before the buses stop running.

The O-Train is only a few stops away at Bayview, which can get you all the way to Greenboro in the south end in 10 minutes and Carleton University in 5 minutes, and it’s only a single bus to get to the Ottawa International Airport.

Major Shopping Centres

Although it’s not the biggest in the city, Rideau Centre is perhaps Ottawa’s most popular shopping centre thanks to its central location and excellent choice of retail stores and a massive food court. When you’re done shopping, you can catch a movie with friends at the three-screen Empire Theatres and then meet up at the Elephant & Castle for drinks.

Established in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets – and it’s right on your doorstep if you’re renting an apartment in Downtown Ottawa. Buy fresh fruits and vegetables, and flowers from the outdoor vendors, tour awe-inspiring museums and art galleries, hang out on a pub patio or dance the night away at one of the many nightclubs – it’s up to you.

The historic Sparks Street Mall is Canada’s oldest outdoor pedestrian mall. Located a block away from Parliament Hill and stretching from Elgin Street to Bronson Avenue, it’s home to some of the city’s finest hotels, restaurants, retail stores and historic sites. In the summer, the Mall is host to amazing street performances during the International Buskerfest and the sweet smells and tastes of the Chicken & Rib Cook-Off.

In addition to these main shopping centres, both Bank Street and Elgin Street are home to an assortment of excellent stores, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. And if you’re looking for a more international shopping and dining experience, Rideau Street has several East African, Caribbean and Asian stores and restaurants.


An apartments for rent in Downtown Ottawa is perfect for students attending the University of Ottawa (Universite d’Ottawa). And for those with young families, Downtown Ottawa also has 10 public elementary schools, 3 Catholic elementary schools, 3 public high schools and 1 Catholic high school.


The Canadian Museum of Civilization (100 Laurier Street, Gatineau) is Canada's largest and most popular cultural institution. You can view the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles, tour a variety of temporary exhibits featuring artifacts from across Canada and the world and marvel at the big screen of the IMAX theatre.

If dinosaurs, animals and the environment are more your thing, you’ll love exploring the Canadian Museum of Nature (240 McLeod Street) – a short walk from many of our apartments for rent in Downtown Ottawa.

For a closer look at our country’s military history, the Canadian War Museum (1 Vimy Place, near Lebreton Flats) is a major national museum covering Canada’s wartime efforts through extraordinary permanent and special exhibitions.

Located at the entrance to the locks of the Rideau Canal, the Bytown Museum is the oldest stone building in Ottawa. It features permanent exhibits on the construction of the Canal and the history of Ottawa and its founder, Lt. Col. John By.

The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (1 Rideau Canal) is located inside the reconstructed railway tunnel beside the Chateau Laurier. It is Canada's first photography museum and maintains a permanent collection of more than 150,000 images.

Arts Centres and Galleries

The National Arts Centre (53 Elgin Street) is North America's most diversified performance complex, hosting hundreds of Canadian and international theatre, dance, opera, orchestra, concert and variety performances each year.

The Arts Court (2 Daly Avenue) is Ottawa’s home for local performing, visual and literary arts. Four visual art galleries are also open to the public.

For theatre-lovers, there’s no better time of the year than June. The Ottawa Fringe Festival, which mostly takes place in venues on the University of Ottawa campus, features dozens of highly entertaining, witty and sometimes controversial by local and national theatre groups.

The National Gallery of Canada (380 Sussex Drive) is a visual arts museum of international stature. Its spacious galleries and interior courtyards are home to a variety of Canadian, American, European, Inuit and Aboriginal art, sculptures, photographs, prints, and drawings.

Art-lovers will enjoy visiting the Sussex Studio (457 Sussex Drive), which has on display a variety of works from Montreal, Latin America and France. Just down the street is the Terence Robert Gallery (531 Sussex Drive), which showcases established and emerging contemporary Canadian artists, mixed media pieces and sculptures.

Other Attractions

The success of the Ottawa Senators in the 2007 NHL playoffs has created a new tradition in the city – the Sens Mile. Before, during and after every game, thousands of hockey fans gather on Elgin Street, creating a truly awesome party atmosphere.

Like a good ghost story? Take a tour of the Ottawa Jail Hostel (75 Nicholas Street), which is said to be haunted by the ghost of the only political assassin in Canadian history.

If you live in a Downtown Ottawa apartment, the famous Rideau Canal runs right through your backyard. Enjoy running or biking along the gorgeous paths during the summer. In the winter, the Canal freezes over, creating the world’s longest skateway.

Parliament Hill isn’t just for politicians. Everybody is invited to attend the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, which takes place from late June to late August, offering an unrivaled combination of tradition, pageantry and military precision. On Canada Day, the Hill is host to several concerts and special events as the entire downtown core is shut down to traffic and flooded with thousands of people from all over the country.

So Much To Do, So Little Time …

There is so much to do in Ottawa … this article just scratches the surface! A Downtown Ottawa apartment rental is your key to the city, so explore your neighbourhood today and discover everything Ottawa has to offer!

Looking for an apartment in Ottawa? Paramount Properties is Ottawa’s second largest residential property management company. With more than 4,500 Ottawa apartments for rent in some of the city’s finest locations, we’re your #1 choice for apartment rentals in Ottawa.


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