Experience life in Ottawa's oldest neighbourhood
October 09, 2020
As we look ahead to 545 Rideau's future, we wanted to take a minute to look back at the history and unique heritage of the area in which we're building. Lowertown is Ottawa's oldest neighbourhood and has rich historical and cultural value. Here are just a few fun facts about the area:
1. Lowertown was first settled in 1826 when Colonel John By undertook the building of the Rideau Canal.
2. Lowertown is historically French Canadian and Irish.
3. Lowertown is known for its firsts, including the first market, general hospital, park and railway station in Ottawa.
4. Over a dozen businesses have been operating in Lowertown for over a century, including a commercial horse stable!
5. Lowertown is known for its cultural attractions including two heritage conservation areas; outdoor art installations and memorials; embassies and federal government buildings; the National Art Gallery and Royal Canadian Mint; the Château Laurier hotel; and eight parks, including the oldest in Ottawa, Majors Hill.
6. Lowertown is the only neighbourhood in Ottawa with water on three of its four sides. Every resident of Lowertown lives within walking distance to the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa River, and the picturesque Rideau River.
Experience the history and culture of Lowertown for yourself when you make your home at 545 Rideau!