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Elmvale Acres

Elmvale Acres is a mature, well-established suburb in the South-Central part of Ottawa just minutes away from downtown.  Built by Campeau in the 1950s, these one-story bungalows erected on acres of farmland, numbered about 1600.  Today, this pocket of homes beside Alta Vista is a sought-after community.

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Not only is it comprised of the bungalows constructed 60 years ago (some of which have been tastefully altered with a second floor and full, modernized basements),  but newer, larger homes have been added to the mix as well as several apartment buildings located on the outskirts.  Well-maintained, with shady, mature trees and sizeable front and back lawns, Elmvale Acres attracts many new and seasoned home-buyers and renters.

Where is Elmvale Acres?

Located in the Ottawa Greenbelt, boundary lines fall East of Lynda Lane Park, West of St. Laurent Blvd and Russell Road, North of Walkley Road and 'some' say South of Coronation Ave. and Industrial Ave. while other sources quote South of Smyth.  Full of fantastic real-estate opportunities!                

Nearby Ottawa Central neighbourhoods include Alta Vista, Carlington, and Overbrook.

Elmvale Acres Shopping

The Elmvale Shopping Centre, located on the corner of St. Laurent Blvd. and Smyth Rd. is a busy part of town.  Outlets include:

  • A branch of the Ottawa Public Library;        
  • Home Hardware;
  • Laundromat;
  • The Beer Store and LCBO;
  • Loblaws 
  • Florist, Tailor;
  • Nail Salon, Beauty Salon;
  • Royal Bank, The Cash Store;
  • Pet Store;
  • Rexall Pharmacy with Canada Post; Dollar Plus. 
  • Food franchises surrounding the parking lot are: Kelsey's, Pizza Pizza, Extreme Pita, Oh Basil, Mr.Sub and Starbucks.

More centrally, on the corner of Arch Street and Canterbury Avenue is a small strip of successful businesses:

  • Lorenzo's (Pub and eatery);
  • Shawarma Sandwich Shop;
  • Beauty Salon;
  • Chiropractic Clinic;
  • MCN Technologies;
  • Desjardins Caisse Populaire;
  • MAC Corner Store.

On Kilborn Avenue, midway between Alta Vista Drive and Haig Drive, another interesting strip of shops can be found:

  • Canada Trust;
  • Movies and Stuff;
  • Three Sisters Bakery;
  • Drycleaning and Alterations;
  • Wine-Making and Supplies;
  • Food Mart;
  • Dragonfly Fabrics;
  • Dalton McGuinty's political office;
  • Law Offices;
  • Dental Offices

Loeb grocers and Shell gas station are both on the corner of Walkley Road and St. Laurent Blvd.

Schools Servicing Elmvale Acres

  • Public grades JK to 6 - Arch Street Public School;
  • Public grades 7 to 8 - Vincent Massey;
  • Public grades 9 to 12 - Hillcrest High;
  • Public grades 9 to 12 - Canterbury High;  **
  • Catholic grades JK to 6 - McMaster Catholic School;
  • Catholic grades 7 to 8 - Immaculata Intermediate and St. Patrick Intermediate Schools;
  • Catholic grades 9 to 12 - High and St. Patrick High Schools;

** Entrance into the Canterbury Arts Program is by audition only:

Elmvale Acres Sports and Recreation


The newly-renovated City of Ottawa's Canterbury Community Centre, located centrally on the corner Canterbury and Arch offers a tremendous number of facilities; A 25 metre five-lane pool and Sauna, a Community Centre for small gatherings or large events and  Gymnasium.  Adjacent to this centre is the Brian Kilrea Arena - an NHL regulation ice rink. An outdoor park completes this group with tennis courts, basketball court, swings, playstructure and splash pool. 

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Self-Contained Living in Elmvale Acres

This lovely community ticks all the boxes; family-living where one can walk to all amenities, jog and bike on the bike paths, stroll through the interesting side streets on your way to the parks, get to know your neighbors, volunteer at your church, shop, bank, dine and enjoy everything that living in superb part of the city has to offer!

Condo Living in Elmvale Acres

Across from the Elmvale Shopping Mall on St. Laurent Blvd. is a three storey condo located at 1970 - 1974 St. Laurent Blvd.  It is comprised of several privately-owned apartments.  Choose from either a one bedroom or two bedroom, each apartment having a total of one bathroom.  Prices would be in the $200,000 - $215,000 range. Monthly condo fees which include Building insurance, Management, Caretaker services and water are $310 approx.  Each apartment is a one-level dwelling, electric heat and laundry in each unit.  Built in 1987, each unit would own one parking spot adjacent to the building.  Central, close to shopping, public transit lines, hospitals, parks and easy access to highways, this would be a fabulous choice to make when purchasing a small home.

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