Orleans, Ontario

Orleans (/ɔːrˈliːnz/; French: [ɔʁleɑ̃]) (officially Orléans[1][note 1]), is a suburb of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the eastern part of the city along the Ottawa River, about 16 km (10 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 2016 census, 69,178 people lived in the Cumberland portion of Orleans, while 47,510 people lived in the Gloucester portion. Today, Orleans spans the municipal wards of Orléans, Innes and Cumberland. Orleans contains a significant francophone minority, although this has been declining in recent decades.

St-Joseph's Parish, built in 1830
St-Joseph's Parish, built in 1830
CountryFlag of Canada.svg Canada
ProvinceFlag of Ontario.svg Ontario
CityFlag of Ottawa, Ontario.svg Ottawa
Parish of St-Joseph d'Orléans1830s
Police Village of St-Joseph d'Orléans1922
Community of Orléans1974
 • MayorJim Watson
 • City councillorsStephen Blais, Laura Dudas, Matthew Luloff
 • Member of ParliamentAndrew Leslie, Francis Drouin
 • Member of Provincial ParliamentMarie-France Lalonde
 • Total116,688
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Area code(s)Area code 613


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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 Dental Docs Office to the right.

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.[2][3] The name corresponds to the main francophone Roman Catholic Church, Paroisse St-Joseph (Parish of St-Joseph), of which the older part of Orléans is built around, along St-Joseph Boulevard.

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Orléans on June 1, 1982 (Place d'Orléans 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.

Orléans 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 Orléans, France.

Largely a rural area for a great number of years, the first major suburban subdivision constructed in the community was the Queenswood Heights development starting in the late 1960s. Orléans 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. Orléans has French-speaking population of over 30%.[4] 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.[5]

Commercial growth originally started along St. Joseph Boulevard and later included Place d'Orléans, a large shopping centre with over 175 stores situated off Ottawa Regional Road 174 (the Queensway). Place d'Orléans was originally constructed in 1979 and underwent major expansions in 1984, 1988, and 1990 to arrive at its current size and configuration. Newer 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 many large retail outlets. 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 Orléans area west 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.

Recreational facilities

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Princess Louise Falls

The Elizabeth Manley skating rink at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex (formerly Orléans Recreation Complex[6]) is named for figure skater Elizabeth Manley who trained at the facility. Manley won a Silver Medal in Women's figure skating in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. It is home to the Gloucester Skating Club and the Canadian Academy of Skating Arts. The skating club is well known for sending skaters to national and international level competitions.

The Ray Friel Recreational Complex in the more eastern part of Orléans is home to a public library, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School, an indoor wave pool, exercising facilities, a physiotherapy clinic, a sports store, a restaurant, two soccer fields and three skating arenas making it one of the main centres for recreation in Orléans.[7] In 2009, the Shenkman Arts Centre opened just east of Place d'Orléans. It is a multidisciplinary arts centre that houses a concert hall, black-box theatre, several art galleries and studio spaces for both visual and performing arts.

Along the Ottawa River in the north-east of Orléans, is the parkland of Petrie Island. The parkland is located on several small islands connected by Trim Road, a north-south roadway. The islands are sandbars developed over time in the river. There was a facility extracting sand from the islands, but this has been closed and converted into a large beach area. Petrie Island is home to turtles in some of its sheltered lagoons and has a nature centre for learning more about the local environment. One section of Petrie Island has several homes, but the area is mainly parkland. There is a marina with canoe and kayak rentals. Petrie Island is host to annual Canada Day celebrations for the Orléans community.

There are also several nature trails and paths throughout the area including the Bilberry Creek Trail and the Princess Louise Trail through which Taylor Creek runs. The trail leads to a beautiful waterfall near St-Joseph Boulevard.

A memorial diorama by Bruce Garner was erected August 13, 2000 in the Memorial Park near Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 632 to remember those who have served Canada in wars and as peace keepers.[8]


Orleans housing
Town homes along St. Joseph
Place D'Orleans SportChek entrance April 2006
Place d'Orléans 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.[9]

Chapel Hill North: Located north of Innes Road in the Orléans 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.[10]

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.

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.[11]

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

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

Population history

  • 1971 – 6,000
  • 1976 – 11,000
  • 1981 – 24,000
  • 1986 – 47,000
  • 1991 – 70,000
  • 1996 – 79,000
  • 2001 – 84,695
  • 2006 – 95,491
  • 2011 – 107,823
  • 2016 – 116,688

Schools and education

English Catholic

High school

French Catholic

High school
  • École élémentaire catholique Arc-en-ciel
  • École élémentaire catholique de la Découverte
  • École élémentaire catholique Alain-Fortin
  • École élémentaire catholique des Pionniers
  • École élémentaire catholique des Voyageurs
  • École élémentaire catholique L’Étoile-de-l’Est
  • École élémentaire catholique Notre-Dame-des-Champs
  • École élémentaire catholique Reine-des-Bois
  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph d'Orléans
  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marie
  • École élémentaire catholique d'enseignement personnalisé La Source
  • École élémentaire catholique Des Villageois (Closed)
  • École élémentaire publique Préseault (Closed)

French public

High school
  • École secondaire publique Gisèle-Lalonde

English public

High school
  • Avalon Elementary School
  • Convent Glen Elementary School
  • Dunning-Foubert Elementary School
  • Fallingbrook Community Elementary School
  • Forest Valley Elementary School
  • Henry Larsen Elementary School
  • Maple Ridge Elementary School
  • Orleans Wood Elementary School
  • Summerside Elementary School
  • Terry-Fox Public Elementary School
  • Trillium Public Elementary School

Queenswood Public School closed in 2008(now Coccinelle (Garderie) École La Source)

Main roads and streets

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St-Joseph Boulevard
  • Orléans Blvd.
  • Champlain St.
  • Jeanne d'Arc Blvd.
  • Des Épinettes Ave.
  • St. Joseph Blvd.
  • Charlemagne Blvd.
  • Innes Road
  • Tenth Line Road
  • Trim Road
  • Portobello Blvd.
  • Brian Coburn Blvd.

Highway 174

The main highway linking Orleans to central Ottawa to the west is officially known as Ottawa Regional Road 174 and forms part of the Queensway.

Highway exits


  1. ^ The suburb is called Orléans (with an accent) in French, but is commonly called Orleans (no accent) in English. The official name in English was changed from Orleans to Orléans by the Ontario Geographic Names Board in 1994, but the unaccented form remains common usage.


  1. ^ "Geographical Names Recommendations" (PDF). The Ontario Geographic Names Board. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  2. ^ "A Historical Timeline for the Township of Gloucester". Gloucester Historical Society. 2010-01-24. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  3. ^ "Municipal / Administrative History". Carleton County GenWeb. 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  4. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Orléans [Federal electoral district], Ontario and Ontario [Province]". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  5. ^ "Orléans: A Franco-Ontarian Suburb". Encyclopedia of French Cultural Heritage in North America. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  6. ^ "Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex – Orléans". City of Ottawa. 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
  7. ^ "The Ray Friel Recreation Complex". City of Ottawa. 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
  8. ^ "Memorial Park". National Inventory of Military Memorials. National Defence Canada. 2008-04-16.
  9. ^ http://cardinalcreek.org/my-community/map-and-directions/#2
  10. ^ http://www.fallingbrook.com/constitution.htm
  11. ^ http://queenswoodheights.com/info/

Coordinates: 45°28′01″N 75°31′01″W / 45.467°N 75.517°W

Andrée Poulin

Andrée Poulin (born July 29, 1960) is an award-winning Canadian writer.

She was born in Orléans, Ontario, now part of Ottawa. She worked as a journalist before becoming a full-time writer. Poulin now lives in Gatineau.She has been awarded the literary prize offered by Le Droit in the youth literature category four times. Her books were finalists for Hackmatack Book Awards in 2005, 2006 and 2011.

Bob MacQuarrie

Robert Waldron MacQuarrie (November 24, 1926 – January 11, 2007) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1981 to 1985, as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party.

MacQuarrie was born in Rexton, New Brunswick, educated at Princes of Wales College (later renamed the University of Prince Edward Island), and practiced law with the firm of Cuzner, MacQuarrie.

He began his political career at the municipal level, serving as reeve of Gloucester Township in Ontario from 1972 to 1978, and as a councillor in the Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton from 1969 to 1978. In 1980-81, he was director of the Eastern Ontario Development Corporation.

He was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1981 provincial election, defeating Liberal candidate Bernard Grandmaitre and New Democrat Evelyn Gigantes in a close three-way contest for Carleton East. MacQuarrie served as a government backbencher for the next four years, acting as parliamentary assistant to the Solicitor-General and Attorney-General. In January 1985, he supported Roy McMurtry's bid to succeed Bill Davis as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.

The Progressive Conservatives were reduced to a tenuous minority government in the 1985 provincial election, and lost power to David Peterson's Liberals. MacQuarrie was defeated in Carleton East, losing to Liberal candidate Gilles Morin by 7,033 votes.

The City of Ottawa named a sports complex after Bob Macquarrie - The "Bob MacQuarrie-Orléans Recreation Complex" located at 1490 Youville Drive in Orléans, Ontario, Canada.

Canadian Curling Hall of Fame

The Canadian Curling Hall of Fame was established with its first inductees in 1973. It is operated by the Canadian Curling Association in Orleans, Ontario.

The Hall of Fame selection committee meets annually to choose inductees from four categories: curler, builder, curler/builder and team. Past presidents of the Canadian Curling Association are automatically inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the Executive Honour Roll.

Convent Crash

The Convent Crash, also known as the Orléans air disaster and Villa St. Louis disaster, occurred on May 15, 1956, after a CF-100 fighter jet crashed into the Villa St. Louis in the community of Orléans, Ontario. 15 people were killed in the crash: 11 members of the Grey Nuns, two aviators, a civilian servant at the Villa and the chaplain, a retired naval padre.

Eli Ankou

Eli Ankou (born June 8, 1994) is a Canadian professional American football nose tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at UCLA. He played high school football for the St. Peter Catholic High School Knights in Orleans, Ontario.

Erik Lefebvre

Erik Lefebvre (born July 16, 1986 in Orléans, Ontario) is a Canadian soccer player who last played for Charlotte Eagles in the USL Second Division.

FBI Buffalo Field Office

The FBI Buffalo Field Office is the Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Buffalo, New York, one of 56 field offices in the United States.

The Buffalo Field Office is responsible for the Western New York region. Its jurisdiction is the same as that of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York: the 17 New York counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.

Luce Dufault

Luce Dufault (born August 19, 1966 in Orleans, Ontario) is a Canadian singer. She is of French descent. She played in two musicals from Luc Plamondon, La Légende de Jimmy and Starmania. She recorded a few hits including Soirs de scotch, Au delà des mots and Ce qu'il reste de nous.

Marie-France Lalonde

Marie-France Lalonde (born c. 1971) is a Franco-Ontarian politician in Ontario, Canada. She is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was first elected in 2014. She represents the riding of Orléans.

In January 2017, she was appointed as Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. In July 2017, she was appointed as the first Minister of Francophone Affairs. She served in those roles until the end of the government of Kathleen Wynne. She previously served as Minister of Government and Consumer Services and as Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs in the cabinet of Kathleen Wynne.

NX Files

NX Files is an action martial arts multi-season video series broadcast online. Created by Robert Baldwin, John Purchase, Alain Moussi and Stephan Roy; the webisodes are filmed and produced in Orleans, Ontario, Canada. [1]

NX Files chronicles the out-of-this-world adventures of Team Xtreme, a group of young Martial Artists. A source of power called the NX Secret gives each member of Team Xtreme a unique special ability. They must fight to protect this secret from a band of ninjas and an evil dark lord.


Orléans (UK: , US: , French: [ɔʁleɑ̃] (listen)) is a prefecture and commune in north-central France, about 111 kilometres (69 miles) southwest of Paris. It is the capital of the Loiret department and of the Centre-Val de Loire region.

Orléans is located on the Loire River where the river curves south towards the Massif Central. In 2015, the city had 114,644 inhabitants, and the population of the urban area was 433,337.

Île d'Orléans, Orléans, Ontario and New Orleans, Louisiana (French: La Nouvelle-Orléans) are named after the city.

Pascale Letendre

Pascale Letendre (born c. 1980 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian curler from Orleans, Ontario.

Phelps, New York

Phelps is a town in Ontario County, New York, United States. The population was 7,072 at the 2010 census. The Town of Phelps contains a village called Phelps. Both are north of Geneva, New York.

Pierre St.-Jean

Pierre St-Jean (alternate listings: Pierre St-Jean, Pierre Saint-Jean, Pierre St.Jean; born March 28, 1943 in Montreal) is a Canadian weightlifter who competed from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. He competed for Canada at the 1964, 1968 and 1976 Summer Olympics, with a best finish of 10th in 1968.St-Jean also competed in the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, winning a silver medal in 1962, a gold medal in 1966 and a bronze medal in 1970. He won bronze medals at the Pan American Games in 1963 and 1967.At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, he took the Athlete's Oath.He now resides Orleans, Ontario.

René Piché

René Louis Piché (May 5, 1931 – January 22, 2011) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1981 to 1985 who represented the northern Ontario riding of Cochrane North. He served as a minister without portfolio in the cabinet of Frank Miller. He was mayor of Kapuskasing from 1971 to 1980 and again from 1991 to 1993.

Ryan Bell (basketball)

Ryan Bell (born April 17, 1984) is a retired Canadian basketball player from Orleans, Ontario. Bell lastly played as guard for Espoon Honka in Finland.

Bell has won four national championships as a member of Carleton University Ravens, winning in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He studied sociology at Carleton University.

Before Carleton, Bell attended Colonel By Secondary School.

Bell joined the Canada national men's basketball team in 2006. He represented Canada at the 2007 Pan American Games and the FIBA Americas Championship 2007. Canada's team at the 2007 Pan American Games included his fellow Carleton teammates Osvaldo Jeanty and Aaron Doornekamp along with Assistant Coach Dave Smart.

St. Matthew High School (Ottawa)

St. Matthew Catholic High School is located at 6550 Bilberry Drive in the Orléans district of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The current principal is Debbie Clarke. The school offers grades 7–12. The current school population rests at about 1065 students with about 90 staff members.

The school broke the Guinness world record for largest unbroken human chain, called the Bear Hug. The event was in support of Cancer research.

Tenth Line Road

Tenth Line Road (Ottawa Road #47) is a designated arterial road in Orléans, Ontario. Its northern terminus is at Jeanne d'Arc Boulevard in Ottawa's east end. From there, it intersects or crosses with roads such as Regional Road 174, St. Joseph Boulevard, Innes Road, and further south into the rural areas of Ottawa across Navan Road. Tenth Line's southern terminus is at Smith Road, southwest of the Navan community.

The Tenth Line/Innes intersection is the site of many new housing and commercial projects. The Avalon community is growing rapidly and there are plans to widen portions of Tenth Line Road south of Innes towards the urban limits of the city.

In 1993, a small portion of Tenth Line Road was realigned near St. Joseph Boulevard. The re-alignment was placed slightly to the west. The old portion was kept and renamed Old Tenth Line Road which connects to a Highway 174 exit ramp.

Trim Road

Trim Road (Ottawa Road #57) is an arterial road in the eastern end of Orléans, Ontario (a suburb of Ottawa). It serves as the only road access to Petrie Island and its public beach in the Ottawa River. From Petrie Island, Trim runs south through the eastern suburban areas of Orleans and then south into rural former Cumberland Township. It travels through the communities of Chartrand and Navan before ending at Perreault Road. It has a total length of 14.4 km (8.9 mi) and connects with Regional Road 174 that connects with Highway 417 further to the west. Its status as a numbered road in Ottawa's city road status ends at Innes Road on the south side of Orleans.

Ottawa's busiest transit line, OC Transpo Route 95, reaches this road at Trim station where it is currently the bus route's eastern terminus. An important park and ride facility was built which is heavily used by commuters from the rural east and Rockland as well as residents from the growing communities of Fallingbrook and Avalon. A second park and ride facility (Millennium station) was built on Trim Road east of Avalon again in response of growth in the area.

Trim Road south of Innes marks the border between the eighth and ninth concessions of Cumberland Township.

Trim represents the eastern boundary of the booming communities of Avalon and Notting Gate which brought extensive volume to Trim. Some commercial space is currently added in the area and it may represent the eastern terminus of a future transit corridor and possible east-west light rail line.

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