Orleans, Ontario

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St-Joseph's Parish, built in 1830
St-Joseph's Parish, built in 1830
CountryFlag of Canada.svg Canada
ProvinceFlag of Ontario.svg Ontario
CityFlag of Ottawa, Ontario.svg Ottawa
Parish of St-Joseph d'Orléans1830s
Police Village of St-Joseph d'Orléans1922
Community of Orléans1974
 • MayorJim Watson
 • City councillorsStephen Blais, Laura Dudas, Matthew Luloff
 • Member of ParliamentAndrew Leslie, Francis Drouin
 • Member of Provincial ParliamentMarie-France Lalonde
 • Total116,688
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Area code(s)Area code 613

Orleans (/ɔːrˈlnz/; French: [ɔʁleɑ̃]) (officially Orléans[1][note 1]), is a suburb of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the eastern part of the city along the Ottawa River, about 16 km (10 mi) from downtown Ottawa. The Canada 2011 Census determined that Orleans' population was 107,823. Prior to being amalgamated into Ottawa in 2001, the community of Orleans was spread over two municipal jurisdictions, the eastern portion being in the pre-amalgamation City of Cumberland, the western portion in the City of Gloucester. According to the 2016 census, 69,178 people lived in the Cumberland portion of Orleans, while 47,510 people lived in the Gloucester portion. Today, Orleans spans the municipal wards of Orléans, Innes and Cumberland. Orleans contains a significant francophone minority, although this has been declining in recent decades.


St-Joseph Blvd. circa 1971. The Duford hill to Queenswood Heights is in the background (behind the Coca-Cola sign). Today, Place d'Orleans would be on the left and the Dental Docs Office to the right.

The community is thought to have been named by its first postmaster, Théodore Besserer, after his place of birth, the Île d'Orléans near Quebec City. Orléans was an incorporated police village from 1922 to 1974 and was then known as St. Joseph d'Orléans.[2][3] The name corresponds to the main francophone Roman Catholic Church, Paroisse St-Joseph (Parish of St-Joseph), of which the older part of Orléans is built around, along St-Joseph Boulevard.

Orléans on June 1, 1982 (Place d'Orléans to the left, Champlain St. to the right, the Champlain/Highway 17 intersection and the old Normandy Hotel to the upper right) as viewed from the ridge of the Duford hill leading into Queenswood Heights.

Orléans inspired the name of one its main roads, Jeanne d'Arc Boulevard, which wraps its way around the community. Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) was a 15th-century martyr who led the French army to victory in Orléans, France.

Largely a rural area for a great number of years, the first major suburban subdivision constructed in the community was the Queenswood Heights development starting in the late 1960s. Orléans has continued its steady growth as a suburban community since that time; its southern and easternmost boundaries continue to grow as more houses and businesses are built. Orléans has French-speaking population of over 30%.[4] The community's name is spelled with an acute accent in French in the relevant regulation to the City of Ottawa Act, reflective of the area's francophone heritage.[5]

Commercial growth originally started along St. Joseph Boulevard and later included Place d'Orléans, a large shopping centre with over 175 stores situated off Ottawa Regional Road 174 (the Queensway). Place d'Orléans was originally constructed in 1979 and underwent major expansions in 1984, 1988, and 1990 to arrive at its current size and configuration. Newer business areas along Innes Road between Tenth Line Road and Mer Bleue Road, and in the vicinity of Trim Road on the eastern end of the area, have many large retail outlets. The country-wide housing boom starting from 2000 has also seen an extremely large amount of housing and residential areas being developed in the eastern Orléans area west of Trim Road and south of Innes Road, such as the new community called Avalon. The population and business growth also forced the improvement of Innes Road from a two-lane to a four-lane road in 2005.

Recreational facilities[edit]

Princess Louise Falls

The Elizabeth Manley skating rink at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex (formerly Orléans Recreation Complex[6]) is named for figure skater Elizabeth Manley who trained at the facility. Manley won a Silver Medal in Women's figure skating in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. It is home to the Gloucester Skating Club and the Canadian Academy of Skating Arts. The skating club is well known for sending skaters to national and international level competitions.

The Ray Friel Recreational Complex in the more eastern part of Orléans is home to a public library, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School, an indoor wave pool, exercising facilities, a physiotherapy clinic, a sports store, a restaurant, two soccer fields and three skating arenas making it one of the main centres for recreation in Orléans.[7] In 2009, the Shenkman Arts Centre opened just east of Place d'Orléans. It is a multidisciplinary arts centre that houses a concert hall, black-box theatre, several art galleries and studio spaces for both visual and performing arts.

Along the Ottawa River in the north-east of Orléans, is the parkland of Petrie Island. The parkland is located on several small islands connected by Trim Road, a north-south roadway. The islands are sandbars developed over time in the river. There was a facility extracting sand from the islands, but this has been closed and converted into a large beach area. Petrie Island is home to turtles in some of its sheltered lagoons and has a nature centre for learning more about the local environment. One section of Petrie Island has several homes, but the area is mainly parkland. There is a marina with canoe and kayak rentals. Petrie Island is host to annual Canada Day celebrations for the Orléans community.

There are also several nature trails and paths throughout the area including the Bilberry Creek Trail and the Princess Louise Trail through which Taylor Creek runs. The trail leads to a beautiful waterfall near St-Joseph Boulevard.

A memorial diorama by Bruce Garner was erected August 13, 2000 in the Memorial Park near Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 632 to remember those who have served Canada in wars and as peace keepers.[8]


Town homes along St. Joseph
Place d'Orléans Mall

Avalon: Located south of Innes Road, west of Portobello Boulevard and east of Tenth Line Road.

Bilberry Creek: Located east of Jeanne d'Arc Boulevard, north of Highway 174 and east towards the eastern end of the development.

Cardinal Creek: Located north of Innes Road, west of Cardinal Creek and St-Joseph Blvd. Western boundary overlaps with Fallingbrook.[9]

Chapel Hill North: Located north of Innes Road in the Orléans Boulevard area and south of St-Joseph Boulevard.

Chapel Hill South: Located south of Innes Road, and north of Navan Road.

Chaperal: Located south of Innes Rd and north of Blackburn Hamlet Bypass, on Tenth Line Road.

Chateau Neuf: Is bounded by St-Joseph Boulevard on the north, Innes Road on the south. The eastern border includes Jeanne d'Arc-Sunview-Des Grives-Barsona-Place Belleterre-Duford Drive, and Orléans Boulevard borders the west.

Chatelaine Village: Located north of Highway 174 toward the Ottawa River and East of Willow Ave.

Convent Glen: Located north of Highway 174 toward the Ottawa River and west of Jeanne d'Arc Boulevard.

Convent Glen South: Located south of Highway 174 and north of St. Joseph Blvd and generally west of Orléans Blvd.

Eastridge [1]: Future community situated near Trim Road and Blackburn By-Pass Road south of Notting Gate community.

Fallingbrook: Located south of St-Joseph Boulevard, west of Trim Road, north of Innes Road and east of Tenth Line Road.[10]

Hiawatha Park: Older neighbourhood on the Ottawa River, north of Convent Glen.

Mer Bleue (future): This proposed neighbourhood would be located south of Innes Road between Mer Bleue and Tenth Line Road and south towards the Urban limit.

Notre-Dame-des-Champs: Near Mer Bleue and Navan Road.

Notting Gate: Located south of Innes Road, east of Portobello Boulevard, and west of Trim Road.

Orleans Village: Oldest part of Orleans, located along St-Joseph Blvd between Orléans Blvd and Duford Dr.

Orleans Wood: Located north of Highway 174 toward the Ottawa River, east of Jeanne d'Arc Boulevard and west of Champlain Street.

Queenswood Heights: Located south of St-Joseph Boulevard, west of Tenth Line Road, east of Duford Road.[11]

Queenswood Village: Older neighbourhood between Champlain St and Willow Ave, north of Highway 174.

River Walk: East of Tenth Line, north of Highway 174.

Population history[edit]

  • 1971 – 6,000
  • 1976 – 11,000
  • 1981 – 24,000
  • 1986 – 47,000
  • 1991 – 70,000
  • 1996 – 79,000
  • 2001 – 84,695
  • 2006 – 95,491
  • 2011 – 107,823
  • 2016 – 116,688

Schools and education[edit]

English Catholic[edit]

High school

French Catholic[edit]

High school
  • École élémentaire catholique Arc-en-ciel
  • École élémentaire catholique de la Découverte
  • École élémentaire catholique Alain-Fortin
  • École élémentaire catholique des Pionniers
  • École élémentaire catholique des Voyageurs
  • École élémentaire catholique L’Étoile-de-l’Est
  • École élémentaire catholique Notre-Dame-des-Champs
  • École élémentaire catholique Reine-des-Bois
  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph d'Orléans
  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marie
  • École élémentaire catholique d'enseignement personnalisé La Source
  • École élémentaire catholique Des Villageois (Closed)
  • École élémentaire publique Préseault (Closed)

French public[edit]

High school
  • École secondaire publique Gisèle-Lalonde

English public[edit]

High school
  • Avalon Elementary School
  • Convent Glen Elementary School
  • Dunning-Foubert Elementary School
  • Fallingbrook Community Elementary School
  • Forest Valley Elementary School
  • Henry Larsen Elementary School
  • Maple Ridge Elementary School
  • Orleans Wood Elementary School
  • Summerside Elementary School
  • Terry-Fox Public Elementary School
  • Trillium Public Elementary School

Queenswood Public School closed in 2008(now Coccinelle (Garderie) École La Source)

Main roads and streets[edit]

St-Joseph Boulevard
  • Orléans Blvd.
  • Champlain St.
  • Jeanne d'Arc Blvd.
  • Des Épinettes Ave.
  • St. Joseph Blvd.
  • Charlemagne Blvd.
  • Innes Road
  • Tenth Line Road
  • Trim Road
  • Portobello Blvd.
  • Brian Coburn Blvd.

Highway 174[edit]

The main highway linking Orleans to central Ottawa to the west is officially known as Ottawa Regional Road 174 and forms part of the Queensway.

Highway exits


  1. ^ The suburb is called Orléans (with an accent) in French, but is commonly called Orleans (no accent) in English. The official name in English was changed from Orleans to Orléans by the Ontario Geographic Names Board in 1994, but the unaccented form remains common usage.


  1. ^ "Geographical Names Recommendations" (PDF). The Ontario Geographic Names Board. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  2. ^ "A Historical Timeline for the Township of Gloucester". Gloucester Historical Society. 2010-01-24. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  3. ^ "Municipal / Administrative History". Carleton County GenWeb. 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  4. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Orléans [Federal electoral district], Ontario and Ontario [Province]". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  5. ^ "Orléans: A Franco-Ontarian Suburb". Encyclopedia of French Cultural Heritage in North America. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  6. ^ "Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex – Orléans". City of Ottawa. 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
  7. ^ "The Ray Friel Recreation Complex". City of Ottawa. 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
  8. ^ "Memorial Park". National Inventory of Military Memorials. National Defence Canada. 2008-04-16.
  9. ^ http://cardinalcreek.org/my-community/map-and-directions/#2
  10. ^ http://www.fallingbrook.com/constitution.htm
  11. ^ http://queenswoodheights.com/info/

Coordinates: 45°28′01″N 75°31′01″W / 45.467°N 75.517°W / 45.467; -75.517