Phototour #1: Sandy Hill

Perhaps the best way to start this blog off is with something I’d like to become a defining feature—a photo tour, beginning with the neighborhood of Sandy Hill. Sandy Hill is located just east of downtown, and just south of the Byward Market. The neighborhood was, at one point during the 19th and early 20th century, the wealthiest neighborhood in the city, but as more bridges were constructed over the Rideau Canal and as streetcars began service into the area, it became much closer to downtown. The upper class citizens began moving to different parts of the city, while the wealth of the neighborhood dropped.

Because of this, Sandy Hill today is very strange demographically. On the neighborhood’s western side, you tend to find poorer citizens and students living in subdivided houses, while if you travel east, you very rapidly begin to run into a mix of wealthier citizens, attracted once again to the older downtown neighborhood, as well as many embassies and high commissions. All this combines to make Sandy Hill into one of Ottawa’s most interesting and dynamic neighborhoods, with significant demographic changes over the span of just a few blocks.

Population (2006): 12,078

Above and below: Laurier Ave., one of the areas main streets.

Above: Large homes from the late-19th and early 20th century characterize the neighborhood.

Below: Laurier House is an historic site in the area, being the former home of Prime Ministers Sir Wilfred Laurier and William Lyon Mackenzie King.

Above and Below: All Saints Anglican Church is found at the corner of Chapel St. and Laurier Ave.

Above: Signs of gentrification in the area…

Below: The Strathcona, an historic apartment building.

Below: Embassies are an important part of the eastern side of the neighborhood, especially.

Below: Strathcona Park takes up a large part of the neighborhood’s eastern edge along the Rideau River.

Above: A classic Ottawa-style home (on right). The tall, rounded look with a small balcony above the door is a common sight in many of the city’s older areas.

Below: The hill from which the neighborhood receives its name.

Hope you enjoyed this, the first major entry in this blog!

3 Responses to “Phototour #1: Sandy Hill”

  1. 1 Tim
    March 4, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Thanks for the photos and captions. I’m looking at relocating to Ottawa in the coming months and your photo blog is very helpful in getting a grasp of what the city feels and looks like. I’ll be looking fwd to your upcoming entries.

  2. 2 David McClelland
    March 4, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Glad you liked it! I’m still deciding what neighborhood I want to do next, but I should have another tour up in a week or two.

  3. January 24, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Great pictures! The Strathcona on the Parc condos on Laurier actually won the Urban Infill award from the City of Ottawa. Looking forward to seeing more pictures.

    More info on the Urban Award : http://activerain.com/blogsview/1450353/strathcona-on-the-parc-receives-urban-infill-low-rise-award-ottawa

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