Barrhaven is a rapidly growing suburban neighbourhood in the southwest of the urban area of the city of Ottawa about 17 km southwest of downtown Ottawa. Prior to amalgamation with Ottawa in 2001, Barrhaven was part of the City of Nepean. Its population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 84,266.

Barrhaven is approximately bounded to the north by the Greenbelt, to the east by the Rideau River, to the west by Highway 416, and to the south by the new Half Moon Bay development along Cambrian Road south of the Jock River. The area is diagonally bisected by CN rail tracks. Barrhaven is surrounded by rural areas and farmland, with the exception of the growing Riverside South area across the Rideau River. Directly south of Barrhaven is Manotick, a commuter town of the city.

Barrhaven is divided into several areas: Barrhaven proper or Old Barrhaven is the westernmost part of the neighbourhood, lying between Cedarview Road and Greenbank Road. New residential development is expanding the west side of Old Barrhaven between Cedarview and Strandherd Drive. Also included in this area is a triangle of land east of Greenbank between Fallowfield Road and the railway tracks known as Knollsbrook or The Triangle. South of this is the area known as Longfields, which stretches south to Strandherd and east to Woodroffe Avenue. Sandwiched between the railway tracks, Jockvale Road, Greenbank and Strandherd is the neighbourhood of Barrhaven on the Green. East of Woodroffe, next to the Rideau River, is the neighbourhood of Davidson Heights. South of Strandherd and east of Greenbank is a newer community known as Chapman Mills. As Prince of Wales Drive approaches Jockvale, there is a thriving community known as Stonebridge that is located beside the Stonebridge Golf & Country Club.

Transportation in Barrhaven

Barrhaven is well served by  OC Transpo with Park and Ride lots and a number of different routes available to passengers.

Intercity rail connections can be made at Fallowfield, Ontario railway station to Montreal and Toronto.

Features and Amenities in Barrhaven

Barrhaven contains several public and Catholic schools and numerous parks and playgrounds, mainly built in since 2000. It is also home to the Walter Baker Sports Centre which contains a library and other facilities. As of 2010, it features a strip mall on 3 of the 4 corners at the intersection of Strandherd Drive and Greenbank Road, with a seven-screen cinema, Sobey’s grocery store, a Wal-Mart, Indigo Books and Music, Staples, Winners, Sport Chek, Loblaws and Future Shop among others.

Neighbourhoods of Barrhaven

Stonebridge, located between Jockvale Rd and Prince of Wales

Half Moon Bay, new neighborhood under development along Cambrian Road, west of Greenbank, east of Highway 416, south of the Jock River and north of Barnsdale Road

Barrhaven Mews, new community under construction between Strandherd Road and the Jock River and west of Jockvale/Greenbank Roads

Barrhaven On The Green, located between Jockvale Road, Greenbank Road, Strandherd Road, and the Rail tracks

Havenlea, east of Woodroffe Avenue, south of Crestway Drive

Hearts Desire, located along the Jock River, in between Jockvale Road and Woodroffe Ave.

West Pointe Village, located between Cedarview Rd., Fallowfield Rd., Strandherd Rd., and the Rail tracks

Pheasant Run, west of Larkin Drive, south of Fallowfield, north of Jockvale and east of Cedarview Road

Fraservale, south and west of Jockvale, east of Cedarview and north of rail tracks

Knollsbrook, west and north of rail tracks, south of Fallowfield and east of Greenbank.