New Edinburgh

New Edinburgh is a neighbourhood in Rideau-Rockcliffe Ward, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is located to the northeast of the downtown core. It is bordered on the west by the Rideau River, to the north by the Ottawa River, to the south by Beechwood Avenue, and on the east by Princess Avenue, Lisgar Road, Rideau Terrace and Springfield Road.[1]

New Edinburgh
Main gate of Rideau Hall
New Edinburgh
Location in Ottawa
Coordinates: 45°26′40″N 75°41′30″W
Incorporated1867 (Village of New Edinburgh)
Annexation1887 (City of Ottawa)
  MayorJim Watson
  MPsMona Fortier
  MPPsNathalie Des Rosiers
  CouncillorsRawlson King
60 m (200 ft)
 Canada 2011 Census
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
Forward sortation area

The area is an older, affluent neighbourhood. The Governor General of Canada's large residence and grounds are located in New Edinburgh, as is 24 Sussex Drive, official residence of the Prime Minister of Canada.

The neighbourhood is home to several embassies and consulates, including those of Spain, South Africa, France, India, Vietnam, and Slovakia. Civil servants (in particular, employees of the nearby Global Affairs Canada) compose a fair portion of the population. Like Rockcliffe Park, the neighbourhood is largely English-speaking, in comparison to the French-speaking district of Vanier to the south.

The total population of New Edinburgh is 3,108 (2011 Census).[2]


New Edinburgh was founded by Thomas McKay, one of the builders of the Rideau Canal lock system. He bought the land at the junction of the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers in 1829 and created a village named for Edinburgh in his native Scotland. Often pronounced as rhyming with "Pittsburgh", the traditional pronunciation would be 'New Edinburrah' owing to Mackay's Scottish heritage. The streets in the neighbourhood were named after McKay's family. Crichton was his wife's maiden name, Keefer his son in law, while Thomas, John, and Charles were his sons. The area was originally largely industrial, home to a number of mills using the power of the river. Originally part of Gloucester Township, New Edinburgh was incorporated as a separate village in 1866 by a special act of parliament, but was annexed in 1887 by Ottawa.

In August 2000, The School of Dance moved into its building in New Edinburgh where the old Crichton Street School was.

New Edinburgh has their own local community newspaper, New Edinburgh News, assisted by many of the locals.

The population as of the Canada 2006 Census was 3,627.



See also


  2. Population calculated by combining Dissemination Areas 35060243, 35060221, 35060219, 35061346, 35061344, 35061345 with Census Blocks 3506134701 and 3506134306
  • Anon. (1975), Walking in New Edinburgh, Ottawa., Ottawa, Ontario: Heritage Ottawa
  • Serré, Robert (2007), Pioneer families of New Edinburgh (Gloucester Township). Vol. volume one: 1830-1870., Ottawa, Ontario: Gloucester Historical Society
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