Westboro Village

Westboro is a neighborhood of Ottawa, Canada, often referred to as Westboro Village. Located along the Ottawa River, the neighborhood is bordered on the east by Island Park Drive, and on the west by Woodroffe Avenue. The Southern border can be stretched up to Carling Avenue. Westboro northernmost point is a little more ambiguous, but is generally acknowledged as the Ottawa River.
The neighborhood got its start in the late nineteenth century, when flyers were published proclaiming 'Move to Westboro,' and offering prospective residents 'views of the Laurentian Mountains.' This slightly creative name for the distant geological formation along the Eardley escarpment is now better known as the Gatineau Hills. The Gatineau Hills can be seen across the Ottawa River.
Nineteenth-century descriptions of the neighborhood refer to its location along the Macadam Road to Bells Corners. That road is now known as Richmond Road, and where it slices through Westboro it is the commercial heart of the Village-like neighborhood, once the centre of the old Nepean Township. The old Town Hall on Richmond Road used to house the bell that later became the symbol of the former city of Nepean, now a part of the city of Ottawa. The Maple lawn Garden, boasting the second oldest building in Ottawa and designated a National Historic Site, is located at the western edge of the village.
The other prominent street in Westboro Village is Churchill Avenue. This street was known as Main Street, but was renamed in honor of Winston Churchill following World War II. A few blocks to the west, another street was originally named River Road since it bisected the neighborhood and led down to the beach on the Ottawa River. That street was renamed Roosevelt Avenue for similar post-war reasons. The renaming was also due to Westboro integration into Ottawa and that there were already streets named River Road and Main Street.
Westboro existed as a police village from 1903 to 1949 when it was annexed by Ottawa. An Ottawa streetcar line used to run along what is now a narrow grass strip along Byron Avenue, bringing Ottawa residents to an area once considered cottage country. Many cottage-like residences still exist today, especially by the Ottawa River north of Scott Street.
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