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About Orleans

Orleans, Ontario

 

 

 

Orleans, (French: Orléans), is a suburb of OttawaOntarioCanada. It is located in the eastern part of the city along the Ottawa River, about 16 km (9.9 mi) from downtown Ottawa. The Canada 2011 Census determined that Orleans' population was 107,823. Prior to being amalgamated into Ottawa in 2001, the community of Orleans was spread over two municipal jurisdictions, the eastern portion being in the pre-amalgamation City of Cumberland, the western portion in the City of Gloucester. According to the 2011 census, 62,888 people lived in the Cumberland portion of Orléans, while 44,935 people lived in the Gloucester portion. Today, Orleans spans the municipal wards of OrleansInnes and Cumberland. Orléans is one of 3 areas of the post-amalgamated City of Ottawa to contain a significant francophone population, hence.

 

 

 

 

St-Joseph's Parish, built in 1830

St-Joseph's Parish, built in 1830

 

 

 

 

History

 

 

 

 

St-Joseph Blvd. circa 1971. The Duford hill to Queenswood Heights is in the background (behind the Coca-Cola sign). Today, Place d'Orleans would be on the left and the Ruby King restaurant to the right.

 

 

 

 

 

Orléans on June 1, 1982 (Place D'Orleans to the left, Champlain St. to the right, the Champlain/Highway 17 intersection and the old Normandy Hotel to the upper right) as viewed from the ridge of the Duford hill leading into Queenswood Heights.

 

 

The community is thought to have been named by its first postmaster, Théodore Besserer, after his place of birth, the Île d'Orléans near Quebec City. Orléans was an incorporated police village from 1922 to 1974 and was then known as St. Joseph d'Orléans. The name corresponds to the main francophone Roman Catholic Church, Paroisse St-Joseph of which the older part of Orléans is built around, along St-Joseph Boulevard.

The community's name inspired the name of one its main roads, Jeanne D'Arc Boulevard, which wraps its way around the community. Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) was a 15th-century martyr who led the French army to victory in OrléansFrance.

Largely a rural area for a great number of years, the first major suburban subdivision constructed in the community was theQueenswood Heights development starting in the late 1960s. Orleans has continued its steady growth as a suburban community since that time; its southern and easternmost boundaries continue to grow as more houses and businesses are built. Orleans continues to have a sizable French-speaking population, although the proportion of francophones has been decreasing in recent years. The community's name is spelled with an acute accent in French in the relevant regulation to the City of Ottawa Act, reflective of the area's francophone heritage. 

Growth has focused around the Place d'Orleans shopping centre, a large shopping centre with over 175 stores situated off Ottawa Regional Road 174 (the Queensway). Place D'Orleans was originally constructed in 1979 and underwent major expansions in 1984, 1988, and 1990 to arrive at its current size and configuration. Many new business areas along Innes Road between Tenth Line Road and Mer Bleue Road and in the vicinity of Trim Road on the eastern end of the area have also been built recently which serve to diversify the commercial districts of the community. The country-wide housing boom starting from 2000 has also seen an extremely large amount of housing and residential areas being developed in the eastern Orleans area east of Trim Road and south of Innes Road, such as the new community called Avalon. The population and business growth also forced the improvement of Innes Road from a two-lane to a four-lane road in 2005.

 

 

 

 

Neighbourhoods

 

 

 

 

Town homes along St. Joseph

Place d'Orleans Mall

 

 

Avalon: Located south of Innes Road, west of Portobello Boulevard and east of Tenth Line Road.

Bilberry Creek: Located east of Jeanne d'Arc Boulevard, north of Highway 174 and east towards the eastern end of the development.

Cardinal Creek: Located north of Innes Road, west of Cardinal Creek and St-Joseph Blvd. Western boundary overlaps with Fallingbrook.

Chapel Hill North: Located north of Innes Road in the Orleans Boulevard area and south of St-Joseph Boulevard.

Chapel Hill South: Located south of Innes Road, and north of Navan Road.

Chaperal: Located south of Innes Rd and north of Blackburn Hamlet Bypass, on Tenth Line Road.

Chateau Neuf: Is bounded by St-Joseph Boulevard on the north, Innes Road on the south. The eastern border includes Jeanne d'Arc-Sunview-Des Grives-Barsona-Place Belleterre-Duford Drive, and Orléans Boulevard borders the west.

Chatelaine Village: Located north of Highway 174 toward the Ottawa River and East of Willow Ave.

Convent Glen: Located north of Highway 174 toward the Ottawa River and west of Jeanne d'Arc Boulevard.

Convent Glen South: Located south of Highway 174 and north of St. Joseph Blvd and generally west of Orléans Blvd.

Eastridge [1]: Future community situated near Trim Road and Blackburn By-Pass Road south of Notting Gate community.

Fallingbrook: Located south of St-Joseph Boulevard, west of Trim Road, north of Innes Road and east of Tenth Line Road.

Hiawatha Park: Older neighbourhood on the Ottawa River, north of Convent Glen.

Mer Bleue (future): This proposed neighbourhood would be located south of Innes Road between Mer Bleue and Tenth Line Road and south towards the Urban limit.

Notre Dame Des Champs: Near Mer Bleue and Navan Road. Houses are built on bigger lots.

Notting Gate: Located south of Innes Road, east of Portobello Boulevard, and west of Trim Road.

Orleans Village: Oldest part of Orleans, located along St-Joseph Blvd between Orléans Blvd and Duford Dr.

Orleans Wood: Located north of Highway 174 toward the Ottawa River, east of Jeanne d'Arc Boulevard and west of Champlain Street.

Queenswood Heights: Located south of St-Joseph Boulevard, west of Tenth Line Road, east of Duford Road.

Queenswood Village: Older neighbourhood between Champlain St and Willow Ave, north of Highway 174.

River Walk: East of Tenth Line, north of Highway 174.


 

 

 

 

Main roads and streets

 

 

 

 

St-Joseph Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orleans,_Ontario

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