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Beacon Hill North Community Highlight

Beacon Hill North Community Highlight

Welcome to Beacon Hill North! You are going to love the family-friendly community, wonderful schools, abundance of greenspaces, and easy access to necessities and amenities!

Location

Beacon Hill North is a small family-friendly community bordered by the Ottawa River to be North, Innes and Green’s Creek to the East, Beacon Hill South to the, you guessed it, South, and Rothwell Heights to the West. 

Transportation

Commuting to and from as well as within Beacon Hill South is a breeze with easily navigable roads, multiple street level bus stops, and quick access to the Queensway 417. Situated between the Orleans area and central and Western Ottawa, you are just under a 15 minute drive or a quick bus ride to the downtown core, and just a few exits off the Queensway to Orleans. It has decent transit links, with a few main routes running along La Vérendrye Drive, Montreal Road, and Ogilvie Road. Best of all is the O-Train at nearby Gloucester Centre, which will soon have a station at the Montreal Road exit of the Queensway 417

Beacon Hill North is also very bike-able, with easy routes to take you to schools, shopping or trails to downtown and beyond.

Housing

Beacon Hill North began with its first homes in 1900 with most of the area filling out between 1967 and 1981. The area is a mixture of approximately 88% detached homes and 12% semi detached homes.

The majority of the homes in Beacon Hill were built by two companies - Minto and Campeau. The Minto-built homes are predominantly located in the centre of this area, also known as “Beaconwood”, with Campeau homes clustered on the Western and Eastern sides. In the Northwestern area of Beacon Hill North, you will also find a small handful of large houses built by Simpson Homes as well as a few other builders sprinkled throughout the community.

Schools and Child Care

Beacon Hill North has 5 schools within its borders, 3 of which are public school and 2 Catholic schools. The neighbourhoods surrounding Beacon Hill North have many more education options including public, Catholic, and private schools with both Francophone and bilingual options.

The public schools include:

Robert Hopkins Public School

Henry Munro Middle School

Le Phare Elementary School

The Catholic and private schools include:

École élémentaire catholique La Vérendrye

Thomas D'Arcy McGee Catholic School

Colonel By Secondary School (part of the OCDSB, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board) in neighbourhing Beacon Hill South was voted Ottawa’s best high school and one of the top in the entire province of Ontario. Colonel By offers the demanding pre-university International Baccalaureate program.  As of 2019, Merivale High School in Nepean was also authorized to offer this program. 

If you have children that are not old enough to attend school, this area offers plenty of home daycares, playgroups, and parent meet-up options as well. 

Parks and Recreation

Beacon Hill North has no shortage of parks, outdoor, and indoor recreation options within its borders and in its surrounding communities. 

La Vérendrye Park is part of a learning and recreation area that includes Robert Hopkins Public School and Thomas D’Arcy McGee Catholic School. This wonderful park is where we host our annual Ice Cream in the Park event and includes convenient parking, two play areas with multiple structures to play on, benches, and lots of shaded areas to relax. 

Eastvale Park is snuggled between buildings including École élémentaire catholique La Vérendrye, Henry Munro Middle School, Annunciation Of The Lord Catholic Church, and the Beacon Hill North Community Hall. This park includes a ship-shaped play structure, treasure island themed sandbox, a colourful splash pad, and plenty of greenspace and shaded areas to escape the sun as well as access to everything its accompanying buildings have to offer. 

Loyola Park in the Southern part of Beacon Hill South and includes a splash pad for cooling off in the summer, kid-sized hills for tobogganing in the winter, and lots of open greenspace for playing.

Ski Hill Park is located right next to La Phare Elementary School and Naskapi Ridge Park. This park is known for its kid-friendly tobogganing hills in the winter and dog walking in the summer. Naskapi Ridge Park is a hidden gem with beautiful trails that transport you to “somewhere else entirely”, as Nick said in a review for the park. 

Although located right outside the borders of Beacon Hill South, Richcraft Sensplex to the East is a great local rink and part of the Sensplex and Capital Sports Management family and was built, 

“...with the idea of bringing a stronger sense of community to local sports in the East-End of Ottawa, much like our other two locations have for many years in the West-End. The facility contains four arenas, including the already existing and refurbished Potvin Arena, as well as three brand new regulation NHL-sized rinks, with room for more than 120 spectators to comfortably watch on in each. We hope to see you soon at the Richcraft Sensplex!” (sensplex.ca). 

Enjoy lunch at Meatings Barbecue, enjoy the concessions on the first floor, lounge in the seating area complete with a fireplace, surf the web with free WIFI, and get your skates sharpened and grab essentials at Bytown Royals Proshop

Amenities

Due to Beacon Hill North’s fantastic location, there is no shortage of amenities close by. Beacon Hill Shopping Centre includes Shoppers Drug Mart, Service Canada and Ontario, local gem The Hill Butcher Shop, Brown’s Cleaners, Jojo Men’s Hair Stylist, The Hill Bakehouse and Deli, and more. You can find more mall options in Beacon Hill South like Ogilvie Square and Sinclair Plaza

If you are looking for somewhere to eat, most of your options are located along the borders with Beacon Hill South and traveling West. Enjoy delicious options like Meatings Barbecue, Smoky's, Nom Nom Kitchen, Gabriel Pizza, The King Shawarma, Créole Sensations, Pho V - Vietnamese Restaurant, Falafel On Wheels, Golden Crust Pizzeria, Sahara Ottawa, Fryz Guyz, and Ay Dios Mio Tacos to name a few. 

In the Canotek Business Park you can find some of our favourite businesses, like Atwill Service Centre, Dominion City Brewing Company, and Almanac Bakery. Our favourite contractors, DH Designs, also headquarters in Canotek.

For your big shops Costco has moved to the intersection of Ogilvie Road and Blair Road, there’s Loblaws and Canadian Tire all in nearby Beacon Hill South.

History

Beacon Hill gets its name from an old lighthouse that used to stand on the Ottawa River, downstream from Duck Island. Prior to development, the lighthouse could be seen from Naskapi Drive, which is at the top of a hill, hence - Beacon Hill. The lighthouse itself is long gone, but you can see what remains of it by taking the bike paths along the Ottawa River to the North and looking across Lower Duck Island to the Former Beacon Hill Lighthouse

The “Hill” itself is actually more of a ridge running pretty much parallel to the Ottawa River. These days, the area is the Municipal Ski Hill Park. One third of the park is a very popular area for winter sledding and skiing while the remaining 2/3rd is undeveloped natural woodlands with walking paths throughout. 

Beacon Hill was also home at one time to two Canadian performers, including Bryan Adams who attended Colonol By and Tom Cruise, who went to Robert Hopkins Elementary and the Henry Munroe Middle School. 

It is always important to remember when learning the history of any area that we include the history of those that we stole this land from. The entirety of Ottawa was built on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territory. To learn more about the Algonquin peoples, their history, and how we can make reparations, go to Algonquins of Ontario.

Character

This wonderful suburban community is consistently one of the most popular areas for growing families to watch when house hunting. If you are looking for an established and mature neighbourhood blended with beautiful greenspaces, easy access to amenities, lots of recreation options, and top-tier schools, Beacon Hill South is the community for you.

Our Team Lead, Nick Fundytus lives in the area and is a quick call or email away if you are interested in learning more about living in Beacon Hill! 

Groups and Publications

Beacon Hill Community Association

Beacon Hill Community Association Facebook Page

Beacon Hill North-Rothwell Ottawa Free Exchange Facebook Page

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