The riding of Nepean includes Bells Corners, 15 kilometers from Parliament Hill, as well as Barrhaven, 20 kilometers from Parliament Hill and a number of smaller neighbourhoods.
OC Transpo provides public transportation. The 416 and 417 are the main highways. VIA Rail has a stop at Fallowfield Station.
Nepean includes sections of the National Capital Commission’s Greenbelt, which stretches across the City of Ottawa from east to west. The Stony Swamp area has beaver ponds, a wild bird care centre, and 17 birds at risk.
About 27% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in China, India, and the United Kingdom.
Arabic, Cantonese, and Mandarin are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 2% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $55,126.
The Nepean Sportsplex includes a local art gallery, aquatic center, three arenas, and a fitness center, and is the venue for many local events and conventions. The Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven includes a pool, two NHL sized ice rinks and an outdoor artificial turf sports field.
Nepean also offers a wide array of programming for seniors. The Nepean Seniors Recreation Centre has several activities, including health and fitness opportunities, sports, and organized card games.
Notable residents include Grey’s Anatomy star and Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh, and astronaut Steve MacLean.
The sandstone taken from Campbell’s Quarry was used to construct the exterior of Parliament Hill’s Centre Block and Peace Tower, along with the Victoria Memorial Museum Building now the Canadian Museum of Nature.
A rapidly growing suburban neighbourhood in Ottawa, Barrhaven attracts many construction, retail and high-tech industry jobs.
Of the highest-employing sectors in the area, public administration, retail trade, and professional, scientific, and technical services rank among the top few.
Walter Baker Sports Centre is part of Hydro Ottawa’s $6-million project to equip eight major city buildings with solar panels.
Ottawa Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a community organization providing Ottawans with healthier eating options through a “food box” program. The organization pairs residents with local farmers to bring fresh produce from local farms to tables.
Nepean Township was surveyed in 1792, but settlement didn’t start until the late 1810s. By the 1860s, 80% of the population was Irish.
Barrhaven is named after Mel Barr, who began building in the area in the 1960s. Barr had bought land with the intent of constructing a horse racing track, but later decided to use the land for housing after Rideau Carleton Raceway was built.