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A group of homes in Barrhaven on Woodroffe Avenue, between Fallowfield Road and Earl Mulligan Drive
A group of homes in Barrhaven on Woodroffe Avenue, between Fallowfield Road and Earl Mulligan Drive
Barrhaven is located in Ottawa
Location of Barrhaven in Ottawa
Coordinates: 45°16′30″N 75°45′00″W / 45.27500°N 75.75000°W / 45.27500; -75.75000Coordinates: 45°16′30″N 75°45′00″W / 45.27500°N 75.75000°W / 45.27500; -75.75000
Country Canada
Province Ontario
CityFlag of Ottawa, Ontario.svg Ottawa
City of Nepean1978
City of Ottawa2001
 • MayorJim Watson
 • City councillorsCarol Anne Meehan, Jan Harder
 • Member of ParliamentChandra Arya
 • Member of Provincial ParliamentLisa MacLeod
 • Total42.93 km2 (16.58 sq mi)
100 m (300 ft)
 • Total87,234
 • Density2,032.0/km2 (5,263/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Forward sortation area
K2G, K2J
Area code(s)Area code 613

Barrhaven is a rapidly growing suburban neighbourhood in the southwest of the urban area of the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, about 17 km (11 mi) southwest of downtown Ottawa. Prior to amalgamation with Ottawa in 2001, Barrhaven was part of the City of Nepean. Its population as of the Canada 2016 Census was 87,234.[1]


Barrhaven is approximately bounded to the north by the Greenbelt, to the east by the Rideau River, to the west by Highway 416, and to the south by the new Half Moon Bay development along Cambrian Road south of the Jock River. The area is diagonally bisected by CN rail tracks. Barrhaven is surrounded by rural areas and farmland, with the exception of the growing Riverside South area across the Rideau River. Directly south of Barrhaven is Manotick, a commuter town of the city.

Barrhaven is divided into several areas: Barrhaven proper or Old Barrhaven is the westernmost part of the neighbourhood, lying between Cedarview Road and Greenbank Road. New residential development is expanding the west side of Old Barrhaven between Cedarview and Strandherd Drive. Also included in this area is a triangle of land east of Greenbank between Fallowfield Road and the railway tracks known as Knollsbrook or The Triangle. South of this is the area known as Longfields, which stretches south to Strandherd and east to Woodroffe Avenue. Sandwiched between the railway tracks, Jockvale Road, Greenbank and Strandherd is the neighbourhood of Barrhaven on the Green. East of Woodroffe, next to the Rideau River, is the neighbourhood of Davidson Heights. South of Strandherd and east of Greenbank is a new community known as Chapman Mills. As Prince of Wales Drive approaches Jockvale, there is a thriving community known as Stonebridge that is located beside the Stonebridge Golf & Country Club.


One of the older parts of Barrhaven on Larkin

The Barrhaven area was long inhabited by First Nations peoples, and the modern Jockvale Road follows an ancient path that was originally a trail through the wilderness. In the 19th century the area became populated by European farmers as the area was divided into a number of rural homesteads.

The old Barrhaven School House located at Jockvale and Strandherd was in built in 1906. Today, the school stands as a historic site. In 1911, the Canadian Northern Railway built a rail line from Ottawa to Toronto through the area. Fast passenger service was offered for many years from Fallowfield Station (near the intersection of Strandherd Dr and Cedarview Rd) to Ottawa and beyond[2] After many years of absence, passenger rail service was reintroduced to the area by Via Rail in the fall of 2002 through a new Fallowfield Station located at the intersection of Fallowfield Road and Woodroffe Avenue.

Modern Barrhaven was established in the 1960s, one of a group of new suburbs built outside the Greenbelt from the main city of Ottawa. Building in the area was begun by Mel Barr, for whom the community is named. Barr had originally purchased a 200-acre (0.81 km2) farm with the intent of constructing a horse racing track. However the Rideau Carleton Raceway was built further to the east, and Barr instead decided to develop his land for housing. In 1968-69 Barrhaven Public School was built as the very first public school in Barrhaven.

Barrhaven subsequently grew rapidly into a community of several tens of thousands of people. Commercial centres were slower to arrive. In 1990 the area was served by a single grocery store, had no movie theatre, and not even a bar. This has changed with the opening in 1991 of the vast Barrhaven Town Centre complex of big box stores and smaller commercial establishments, as well as a few smaller shopping malls. The 1990s also saw the influx of high-tech companies into the area (such as JDS Uniphase and Nortel), and the growth of the Public Service in the National Capital Region. The area got its first high school in 1998 when Mother Teresa High School (Catholic) opened, followed by John McCrae Secondary School (public) in 1999. Barrhaven gained its third high school in 2002 when St. Joseph High School (Catholic) opened. In September 2009, Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School (Public) opened. In 2011 École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard opened.


Davidson Heights section of Barrhaven

Like most North American suburbs built so quickly and so recently Barrhaven has a very uniform feel, especially considering how big it is. Almost every street consists of town houses with some streets having comparatively large suburban houses. In the older parts of Barrhaven, the streets are curvilinear, never forming a grid as they do in older parts of Ottawa. The area is very suburban and tends to attract families.


Barrhaven is divided into many neighbourhoods. The names are generally selected by developers.

Features and amenities

Barrhaven contains several public and Catholic schools and numerous parks and playgrounds, mainly built in since 2000. It is also home to the Walter Baker Sports Centre which contains a library and other facilities. The main commercial district surrounds the intersection of Strandherd Drive and Greenbank Road, with a seven-screen cinema, Loblaws, Wal-Mart, Indigo Books and Music, Staples, Winners, Homesense, Sobeys, Sport Chek, Starbucks,[4] Your Independent Grocer, Heart & Crown, and Best Buy, among others. The Minto Recreation Complex, a new multi-use community center at the corner of Cambrian and Greenbank, opened in 2014.[5] A major employment district was established in 2015 in the area west of Strandherd Drive adjacent to Highway 416, known as the CitiGate corporate campus.[6] A Costco store has opened in fall of 2016, including several other retail establishments. Barrhaven also has its own community blog .


Barrhaven is served by seven local bus routes: 80, 170, 171, 173, 175, and 176 . These routes serve the local streets of Barrhaven as well as serving several stations on the Transitway network where a transfer can be made to Ottawa's Rapid Transit system with Route 95, 74 and 99. There are five express bus routes, 270, 271, 272, 273 and 277, that provide direct service to downtown Ottawa during the morning rush hour and from downtown during the afternoon rush hour; travel time is approximately 30 minutes. Previously, these routes were numbered 70, 71, 72 (previously 76), 73 and 77, but were changed in 2017 as part the 2018 On Track LRT project. Route 176 runs from the Fallowfield Station to Manotick, stopping in the growing Stonebridge community before travelling on the lower half of Jockvale before connecting with Prince of Wales Drive.

Intercity Via Rail connections can be made at Fallowfield railway station to Montreal and Toronto.

Route 72 Express Bus to Downtown Ottawa

Until 2006, it had been planned that the north-south light-rail O-Train (today's Trillium Line) would be extended to the centre of Barrhaven near Riocan Marketplace via Riverside South. The project was cancelled on December 14, 2006, by Ottawa City Council, which decided to focus on building rail-based rapid transit lines in the inner city instead. Rail-based rapid transit to Barrhaven is not expected to be introduced until after 2031, when the three lines in the inner city are expected to be completed.

On January 2, 2007, OC Transpo opened the Strandherd Transitway Station and Park & Ride lot in Barrhaven. Directly across from the Riocan/Barrhaven Shopping Centre's Wal-Mart & TD Bank, the facility has parking space for about 330 cars. It was built to help with overcrowding at the Fallowfield Station and meet the increased demand for park and ride spaces in the community. Rapid transit route 95 takes approximately 10 minutes to travel between Fallowfield Station and Strandherd Station, and 2 minutes between Strandherd Station and Barrhaven Centre. The Province of Ontario funded one-third of the $5 million cost.

In April 2011, the transitway (BRT) network was expanded in Barrhaven. One feature was the extension of Route 94 to the intersection of Woodroffe and Strandherd. A new stretch of BRT was also constructed between Fallowfield and Strandherd to reduce travel times on Route 95.[7] In September 2014, a new BRT route was established on Chapman Mills Drive, using a graveyard median from the canceled south-western lrt route. New route 99 starts at Barrhaven Centre and using new Beatrice Station proceeds to Greenboro Transitway and O-Train Terminus at non-peak hours, via Riverside South (Vimy Ridge Bridge) and Leitrim Station. At peak hours the 99, goes all the way to Lebreton via South-Eastern Transitway and Downtown. This route sees limited use at non-peak times with buses running near empty outside the morning and afternoon commute.



Public schools


  • Adrienne Clarkson Elementary School
  • Barrhaven Public School (first school opened in Barrhaven in 1968)
  • Berrigan Elementary School
  • Chapman Mills Public School
  • Farley Mowat Public School
  • Half Moon Bay Public School (Opened September 2016.)
  • Jockvale Elementary School
  • Mary Honeywell Elementary School
  • École Michaëlle Jean (French)


  • Cedarview Middle School



Catholic schools


  • L'école élémentaire catholique Jean-Robert Gauthier (French)
  • L'école élémentaire catholique Pierre Elliot Trudeau (French)
  • L'école élémentaire catholique Sainte-Kateri (French)
  • Monsignor Paul Baxter Catholic elementary school
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic elementary school (opened February 1987)
  • St. Cecilia Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Emily Catholic elementary school
  • St. Luke Catholic elementary school
  • St. Patrick Catholic elementary school (opened November 1978)
  • St. Andrew Catholic elementary school



Preschools (Child Care)

Educara Montessori Child Care

Private schools

  • Educara Montessori Child Care
  • Little Scholars Montessori
  • Ottawa Christian School
St Joseph Catholic High School, Barrhaven



  1. ^ Population calculated by combining census tracts 5050140.05, 5050140.04, 5050140.07, 5050140.06, 5050141.08, 5050141.09, 5050141.13, 5050141.12, 5050140.03, 5050141.11, 5050141.10, 5050141.05, 5050141.04, 5050141.15
  2. ^ Desmond Kennedy. "Coming of the Rail Era" The Kennedy Story (transcribed by Taylor Kennedy) Accessed July 3, 2007.
  3. ^ "Minto launches Quinn's Pointe in Barrhaven". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  4. ^ "Small business week: Entrepreneurs take over Barrhaven condos - Special Reports - Ottawa Business Journal". www.obj.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  5. ^ "Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven | City of Ottawa". ottawa.ca. Archived from the original on 2015-10-06. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  6. ^ "CitiGate - 416 Corporate Campus | regionalgroup.com". regionalgroup.com. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2016-05-17.
  7. ^ http://www.octranspo.com/community-events/barrhaven_transplan[permanent dead link]