Barrhaven is in the South West of Ottawa and is one of the fastest growing suburbs. It is a quiet residential area with a multitude of amenities. With multiple parks, forests, and the Rideau River nearby, it offers a wide variety of activities for the nature lovers. Barrhaven provides convenience for all quick errands and strip malls within a few kilometres of each other. The main commercial district surrounds the intersection of Strandherd Drive and Greenbank Road, with a seven-screen cinema, Loblaws, Wal-Mart, Indigo Books and Music, Staples, Winners, Homesense, Sobeys, Sport Chek, Starbucks, Your Independent Grocer, and Best Buy, among others.
Don’t feel like cooking or want to treat yourself? Barrhaven has a wide range of restaurants making it easy to enjoy your favourite foods without going far. Enjoy international cuisine like Shawarma Prince, Barrhaven Vietnamese Restaurant, 1000 Sushi Islands, The Fry – Korean Fried Chicken, Ka Familia Filipino Fusion Restaurant, Karara The Indian Takeout, Pinelopi’s Greek Kitchen and more.
For families, Barrhaven is perfect as it has many amenities such as a public library, recreation centre, parks and splash pads. The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board operate public primary and secondary schools in the neighbourhood. There are no post-secondary options in the neighbourhood, so residents must travel closer to the city centre to access institutions like Algonquin College, Academy of Learning College, Herzing College, the University of Ottawa, and Carleton University. Public Transportation is accessible in many areas in the neighborhood which connects both the suburban and urban living in Ottawa. Barrhaven is served by seven local bus routes: 80, 170, 171, 173, 175, and 176 . These routes serve the local streets of Barrhaven as well as serving several stations on the Transitway network where a transfer can be made to Ottawa’s Rapid Transit system with Route 95, 74 and 99. There are five express bus routes, 270, 271, 272, 273 and 277, that provide direct service to downtown Ottawa during the morning rush hour and from downtown during the afternoon rush hour; travel time is approximately 30 minutes. The O-Train Trillium Line is expected to be introduced after 2031 when the three lines in the inner city are expected to be complete. You can also catch the Via Rail at the Fallowfield Station so there is no need to go all the way to the other end of the city to catch it!