Beacon Hill, Ottawa

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Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill within the City of Ottawa
Beacon Hill within the City of Ottawa
Country Canada
Province Ontario
CityFlag of Ottawa, Ontario.svg Ottawa
 • Total7.692 km2 (2.970 sq mi)

Beacon Hill is a neighbourhood located in Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward in the east end of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Beacon Hill was a part of the City of Gloucester until it was amalgamated with the new city of Ottawa in 2001.

Beacon Hill is a primarily residential area, built in the 1960s and '70s. It consists of two parts, Beacon Hill North and Beacon Hill South, divided by Montreal Road. It includes the Robert O. Pickard sewage treatment plant and three high schools, Colonel By Secondary School, Gloucester High School, and Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School. According to the Beacon Hill Community Association, the neighbourhood is bounded on the east by the Greenbelt, including the Green's Creek ravine, to the south by Highway 174, and on the west by Blair Road (south of Montreal Road) and Rothwell Heights (north of Montreal Road).[1]

Beacon Hill North had a population of 9,177[2][3] while Beacon Hill South had a population of 8,319[4][5] (17,496 total) according to the Canada 2016 Census.



It is most likely that the community drew its name from a lighthouse in the Ottawa River, downstream from Duck Island. It is thought that the light from the river could be seen from Naskapi Dr. (the top of the hill), hence Beacon Hill. Though the lighthouse is no longer in use, its foundation is still visible from the bike path.

The 'Hill' the name refers to is actually a ridge running roughly parallel to the Ottawa River. A large area of the ridge is the municipal Ski Hill Park. An open area of the park located behind the Beacon Hill Mall on Ogilvie Road is a very popular winter sledding and skiing hill. while the remaining two thirds (approximate) of Ski Hill Park is undeveloped natural woodlands with many walking and snowshoeing trails throughout.

Community Association[edit]

In the mid- to late 1970s the Beacon Hill Community Association was formed. It was disbanded for lack of interest in the late 1980s. It was later revived as the Beacon Hill North Community Association (with borders to match the name) in 2009 by a group of residents, with the main goal to rally residents to help save local High School Colonel By from being closed.

In 2010 it was returned to the Beacon Hill Community Association, again with the expanded borders to include Beacon Hills North and South.


Toboggan Hills[edit]

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Notable Beacon Hill residents, past and present[edit]


  1. ^ "Beacon Hill Community Association – Above Us, Only Sky".
  2. ^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census - 5050120.03 [Census tract], Ontario and Canada [Country]".
  3. ^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census - 5050120.02 [Census tract], Ontario and Canada [Country]".
  4. ^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census - 5050121.01 [Census tract], Ontario and Canada [Country]".
  5. ^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census - 5050121.02 [Census tract], Ontario and Canada [Country]".
  6. ^ @bryanadams twitpic