Think of Ottawa and you’ll probably picture the Gothic-style Parliament Hill buildings surrounded by the 202-kilometre Rideau Canal. While The Hill is no doubt the centrepiece of the city (and a popular tourist site), there are many other reasons to keep an eye on Canada’s capital.

Just last week Ottawa was recognized as a walkable city, and in August, it received a gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community Award. The city also introduced a transportation plan that aims to improve transit, pedestrian and cycling routes through 2031.

With big future plans in the works, there is a lot happening in the city to get excited about. Couple the bustling activity with the city’s picturesque and historical backdrop and it remains one of the best places to live in the country.

If you’re on the hunt for a new home, we suggest you add these sought-after developments to your list of must-sees.

Junction

the junction This collection of 16 boutique urban townhomes is located minutes from Ottawa’s downtown core. While the project is still in the early stages, count on Surface Developments to already create buzz with its latest incentive: purchase now and you could win a brand new car.

Enclave at TrailsEdge

enclave at trailsedge As this project’s name suggests, residents will be nestled in a tranquil and nature-oriented neighbourhood that is still minutes from modern amenities. The new development by Minto is located near the junction of Page and Renaud roads, and will boast 30, 36 and 46 foot homes. Looking to raise a family? There are a variety of schools and parks nearby.

Chapman Mills

Chapman Mills This new Minto project features an enclave of elegant houses, condo and townhouses. Located at Southam Way in Ottawa, Chapman Mills is surrounded by parkland and nature trails. It’s also a short drive from major shopping centres and recreational facilities such as the Walter Baker Centre and Nepean Sportsplex. Prices range from $218,900 to $572,900.

Foxwood Collection in Fernbank Crossing

foxwood screetscape This ultra-boutique three-story condominium houses just 12 suites in total. To add to the luxury design, each residence is a corner suite and will feature expansive windows, granite countertops and high-quality appliances. The development by eQ Homes is located at Terry Fox Drive and Fernbank Road, and prices start in the low $300,000s.

Claridge Icon

claridge icon rendering Condo seekers, meet Ottawa’s tallest tower. While it’s currently in preconstruction at 505 Preston Street, by 2016 it will soar above all other towers in the city. The 45-storey building by Claridge Homes will house 331 units, and will boast a bold, curved design thanks to the work of Hariri Pontarini Architects. The condo also offers scenic views of the city below — from Dow’s Lake to the Rideau Canal and Little Italy area. That’s not the only impressive feature. Residents will fancy the ground-level retail, indoor swimming pool and on-site movie theatre. Prices from available units range from $262,000 to 3,999,000.

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