Alta Vista, Ottawa

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Alta Vista
Alta Vista is located in Ottawa
Alta Vista
Alta Vista
Location within Ottawa
Coordinates: 45°23′20″N 75°39′00″W / 45.38889°N 75.65000°W / 45.38889; -75.65000Coordinates: 45°23′20″N 75°39′00″W / 45.38889°N 75.65000°W / 45.38889; -75.65000
 • MPsDavid McGuinty
 • MPPsJohn Fraser
 • CouncillorsJean Cloutier
 • Governing bodyAlta Vista Community Association
 • ChairTony Bernard
90 m (300 ft)
 • Total24,047
 Canada 2011 Census
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))

Alta Vista is a neighbourhood in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Its boundaries can be broadly described as: Smyth Road in the north, St. Laurent Boulevard in the east, Walkley Road and Heron Road in the south, and Bank Street and Riverside Drive in the west. However, the name is ambiguous, as there are several sub-neighbourhoods in this area, (see list below), as well as a core Alta Vista area, (which could be defined as south of Pleasant Park Road, north of Heron Road, and west of the eastern greenspace corridor), centered on Alta Vista Drive.

Alta Vista Drive is a major street running through the neighbourhood, and shares its name. Both are named for their relative height, as the neighbourhood is generally higher than most of the city. Alta Vista is a highly residential neighbourhood with a strong community, several schools, churches, and community centres. It also has a vast amount of greenspace and parks, much of which is part of the Alta Vista Transportation Corridor Environmental Assessment [1].

The OC Transpo Transitway also runs through Alta Vista, with two stations in the neighbourhood itself (Pleasant Park and Riverside) as well as two just outside (Billings Bridge and Smyth), serving as a vital transit link to the rest of the city.

The General Campus of the Ottawa Hospital, and The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario are located just on the north side of Smyth Road, in Riverview, while the Riverside Campus of the Ottawa Hospital is located at Smyth and Riverside Drive. There are two shopping malls in and around Alta Vista: the Billings Bridge Plaza Shopping Centre at Bank Street and Riverside and the Elmvale Shopping Centre at St. Laurent and Smyth.

Alta Vista had a population of about 24,047 as of the Canada 2011 Census.


The first subdivision in the area was built in 1892 and was known as Rideau Park. The area was part of the Billings Estate and was for market gardeners. Much of what is now Alta Vista was owned by the Billings Family and was part of their estate. An earlier subdivision known as Gateville was established in 1874[1] but disappeared in the 1920s.

Alta Vista began to be suburbanized in the 1950s, with Rideau Park expanding, and the new subdivisions of Faircrest Heights, Applewood Acres being built in the north, Ridgemont in the south and Elmvale Acres in the east.[2] In the 1960s, the subdivision of Urbandale Acres was built between Elmvale Acres and the rest of Alta Vista, and Urbandale was built south of Elmvale Acres.[3]

Sub neighbourhoods[edit]

The Alta Vista area encompasses many smaller neighbourhoods:


There are several schools in the area, including:

Public elementary schools

Public secondary schools

Catholic schools


If Alta Vista is defined as Smyth on the north, St. Laurent on the east, Bank St. on the west, and Walkley on the south (excluding Heron Gate), then Alta Vista corresponds to Census Tracts 5050005.00, 5050006.00, 5050007.03, 5050007.01, 5050008.00, and 5050009.00 which have has a combined population of 24,047 (2011 census). Census Tract 5050009.00 corresponds to Elmvale Acres which had a population of 3280[4] Census Tract 5050008.00 corresponds to Urbandale (Canterbury) which had a population of 4,597[5] Census Tract 5050007.01 corresponds to Playfair Park which had a population of 2,254 [6] Census Tract 5050007.03 corresponds to the Featherston Drive area (Guildwood Estates and Urbandale Acres) and had a population of 3,719[7] Census Tracts 5050006.00 and 5050005.00 make up the remaining core of Alta Vista, west of the greenspace running from Smyth Road to Walkley Road. These two census tracts had a combined population of 10197.[8][9] Of those 10197, 2185 live in Ridgemont, which is south of Heron Road and west of Heron Gate. This corresponds to Dissemination areas 35061702, 35061701 and 35061700.[10][11][12]

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  2. ^ Ottawa, Ontario. 1:25,000. Map Sheet 031G05G, ed. 1, 1961; Surveys and Mapping Branch, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources
  3. ^ Ottawa, Ontario. 1:25,000. Map Sheet 031G05G, ed. 3, 1971; Surveys and Mapping Branch, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources
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