The Glebe is renowned for its quiet character and eclectic charm. It is located south of Centretown, with the Queensway serving as its border. It is bounded by the Rideau Canal to the south and east.
The area is home to many families with many children, consequently its social services are oriented towards this demographic. Glebe real estate consists mainly of detached homes, many of them constructed in the early decades of the 20th century. Some of these homes are owner-occupied family residences, while others have been subdivided into rental apartments.
The Glebe is one of Ottawa’s wealthier neighborhoods, and one of the most liberal. It is also almost entirely anglophone. Each year on the last Saturday in May the “Great Glebe Garage Sale” is held. Households that participate put items out for sale attracting a large number of bargain hunters to the area. A portion of the proceeds are donated to a designated charity.
Rideau Canal trails and parkland wind alongside heritage homes and chic, trendy shops populate its main streets. The stretch of Bank Street that runs through the Glebe is one of Ottawa’s premier shopping areas, with many small stores and restaurants offering a wide variety of services. Patterson Creek and Brown’s Inlet flow from the canal and are surrounded by parks and some of the city’s most expensive homes. Lansdowne Park and Frank Clair Stadium, have been the subject of much debate regarding use and reconstruction after a section of the stands was deemed unsafe. These, along with the Civic Centre, have traditionally been very active recreation areas in the Glebe. Frank Claire Stadium was once home to The Ottawa Renegades, the cities past CFL franchise. The Civic Centre is currently home to the Ottawa 67’s (OHL) and at one time housed the Ottawa Senators of the NHL.