Greely, Ontario

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For the American polar explorer and US Civil War veteran, see Adolphus Greely.
Greely community centre

Greely (pop. 7,056 - 2005) is a quickly growing rural village in the southern end of Ottawa, formerly a part of the Township of Osgoode. It has been a part of the City of Ottawa since amalgamation in 2001. Greely is currently the largest rural village in terms of land area and the third largest in terms of population in the City of Ottawa. In 2005, its population was reported as 7,056, with 2,378 dwellings.[1] Greely's rural atmosphere and its easy access to the City's urban areas have contributed to making it the fastest growing village in Ottawa over the last thirty years. It is encompassed by Bank Street and Mitch Owens roads on the north and east, and on the west by Manotick. It is in the parliamentary riding federally and provincially of Nepean-Carleton, and is represented on City Council by Doug Thompson, being in Osgoode Ward.

Greely is home to a set of tight-knit and unique communities throughout the village. Most homes sit on ½ acre to 2-acre (8,100 m2) lots. Some developers offer condominium-like amenities such as pools, tennis courts, man-made lakes, beaches, and small neighbourhood community centres within their residential communities. The Greely Community Centre hosts meetings and activities for the entire rural town. Every year, they organize a Winter Carnival and a renowned Canada Day celebration.

Throughout the last eight years Greely has seen a 58.7% increase in the number of dwellings.[2] Greely’s increasingly rapid growth can be attributed to its rural atmosphere and easy access to Ottawa’s urban centre. Furthermore, Greely presently has several large areas of undeveloped land within its boundaries. Greely’s boundaries currently contain enough land for approximately twenty-two years of residential growth based on current development patterns. Assuming that current development patterns continue, Greely could have a population of approximately 9,000 to 10,000 in the next few years.[3]

Greely has a strong commercial district housing many small and medium manufacturing and services companies. It has a spattering of businesses to provide the community with essentials, including 2 gas stations, 3 pizzarias, a 24 hour Grocery Store located on Meadow Drive, and a couple of restaurants. Residents are eagerly anticipating new commercial developments around Parkway Road and Bank St.


  • All Saints Anglican Church
  • Parkway Road Pentecostal Church
  • Our Lady of the Visitation (Not actually in Greely, but on the border. Many Greely residents attend this church, and they hold events in Greely.)



The Greely branch of the Ottawa Public Library was opened in 1976, after receiving approval from Osgoode Township Council, with the local fire department agreeing to let them use their meeting room for the branch. During the 1990s, the Osgoode Township Library Board received a grant from the Ontario government to build a new branch, but the building never came to fruition. In 2009, the community secured funding for a brand new 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) library to be built as an extension to the Greely Community Centre at 1448 Meadow Drive. The new facility opened its doors on March 14, 2011.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ GREELY, ON Community Demographics. Industry Canada, 2005. Retrieved on 2009-04-16.
  2. ^ City of Ottawa, “Occupied Dwelling Estimates for the Ottawa Villages, 2000-2008,” [1] (Accessed, July 30, 2010)
  3. ^ City of Ottawa, “Greely Community Design Plan: Section 3 – Growth Management,” [2] (Accessed August 3, 2010)

2. Greely Community Design Plan. City of Ottawa, 2005. Retrieved 2010-05-14.

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Coordinates: 45°15′41″N 75°33′40″W / 45.26139°N 75.56111°W / 45.26139; -75.56111