Ottawa is more vibrant than ever! There is always something exciting to do or see. Whether it is taking in a show, enjoying an outdoor festival, attending a community class, or simply hanging out and enjoying Ottawa’s unique culture. It is the people that make Ottawa special. This is a place to work, live and call home.
Let me introduce you to an area nestled between Orleans and Rockland: Cumberland.
There are many quaint neighborhoods within Cumberland, namely Bloomfield Estates, Bella Vista Estates, Camelot, Cumberland Village, Hillside Estates, Cumberland Estates, and my favorite, Cambrian Heights.
Living in Cambrian Heights is choosing a friendly neighborhood where you are close enough to see your neighbors and wave at them, yet far enough not to know what’s on their BBQ. All lots are at least .50 acre in size. If you want to meet your neighbours, other than in the dead of winter, just take a walk… You are bound to meet someone tending their garden, or walking their pet.
Cambrian Heights is a subdivision that was developed in 5 phases. There is a nice mixture of cultures and many people speak both English and French. There are young families, others with teenagers, and some empty nesters and retirees. Quite a few homes in the immediate vicinity have multi-generations living in them, and many people work from home.
There is access to the Nature Trail off Lookout Drive, close to the old quarry, so if you like the idea of a walk in the wood, this is an ideal location. The trail will take you to Cumberland Ridge and Quigley Hill.
If you have school-aged children, you will be pleased to know that all children have access to school bus service into their designated schools in Orleans or Navan. In many cases, the younger the child, the higher the probability that he or she will be picked-up directly in front of your house. Whether you choose the English or French, catholic or public boards, children are bused.
There is limited OC Transpo service from Dunning Road by the arena into Orleans, but there are Park&Ride lots in Orleans which residents here use frequently. You may wish to consult the OC Transpo trip planner to get a better indication of public transit availability in this area.
Daily Commute to Ottawa
As for the daily commute to Ottawa, the amount of time required will often depend on the time of day. Sometimes a 10 minute delay on getting on the 174 in early morning can mean a 30 minute delay getting downtown, but if you travel after 8:30 am in regular weather, you should be able to make it to downtown in 25 minutes by car. Old Montreal Road will take you to Orleans in the same amount of time as the 174 would, in less than 10 minutes. In fact, it is often easier to follow this road to 10th Line Rd and merge in traffic there, avoiding Trim all together. You can also opt to take Dunning Rd South to Innes, and travel west from there.
Cumberland Village has an arena on Dunning Road, as well as a baseball field and soccer fields behind the now closed school. Winter allows for public skating and shinny hockey in the arena. There is curling at the curling rink on the road to the Ferry. There is a huge play structure in the public park by the arena, as well as a smaller one on Market Street. The Cumberland Lion’s club runs the tennis club in the summer. There is a Mr. Gas, the Cumberland Service Station for your car repairs needs, a River Pizza that offers some delivery service. Since December 16th 2015, we can also boast an AMAZING bakery: The Black Walnut is situated in the little yellow house across from the Mr Gas. If you like good coffee, and want fresh goods to go with it, try the Amandines or the Bacon & Chive scones. The old Heritage will become ZE Kitchen in August 2016, or so we are told: they will be offering mediterranean fair. There’s a Lions Club, a nursing home, Scouts, 3 churches, the Cumberland Heritage Museum, and a community association. On Summer week-ends, there is even a Farmers' Market on the arena grounds.