Featured Community: Richmond, Ontario

Richmond is a beautiful bedroom community for the larger urban area of Ottawa. Richmond has a lot to offer from the Jock River, historical buildings and shops, new developments and established neighbourhood. Be sure to check out these shops, restaurants and hidden gems in this historical little town. It is a place you will definitely want to explore.

Could Moving to Richmond be Right For You?

Richmond was a former municipality and now is part of Ottawa. Living in Richmond is truly the best of city and country living. It is part of the City of Ottawa with all of the big city facilities. At the same time, it retains a welcoming country atmosphere. In Richmond, if you do not know your neighbour, you will very quickly. It has grown from a charming village to a bustling multi-faceted community without losing the small-town charm. Richmond is just 36 km from downtown Ottawa. If you are interested in any type of home in Richmond, contact the Royal LePage Team in Richmond. They have a unique understanding of the area. Richmond is the perfect “village” for singles, new families, larger families, multi-generational families and retirees. There are charming older homes and brand new builds with all the amenities.  While it is just a few minutes to the Queensway, home prices are lower than in other Ottawa neighbourhoods. OC Transpo, route 283 connects you to downtown. The village houses all the usual stores and services, including an LCBO, banks, drugstores, grocery stores, a hardware building centre, and several restaurants. There is a powerful sense of community in Richmond. A large part of it is because of The Richmond Village Association. It is a non-profit organization created to represent the interests of Richmond residents. Led by volunteers, they are passionate about seeing Richmond prosper while maintaining its unique heritage.

Reasons to Move to Richmond

A welcoming community that is proud of its history and has retained the friendly village atmosphere
All services are available and centrally located, including schools, pharmacies, health care resources, sporting and recreational facilities
Excellent road and bus connections to the Kanata North High Tech park and downtown Ottawa

Ideal for remote working from home, while close to the office when required

Close to the Canadian Tire Centre for Ottawa Senators games and many entertainment events

Excellent selection of older and brand new single homes, duplex homes, seniors’ bungalows and many new homes in different developments

Richmond Residents and Life in the Village

Richmond has all the outdoor and indoor sports and recreational facilities a family will ever want:

Sports teams include the Bell Warriors Football Club and the Richmond Munster Minor Hockey Assoc, and the Richmond Munster Minor Softball Assoc.

Richmond is in the beautiful Rideau River watershed

The Rideau Trail, which is part of the Trans Canada Trail, passes through Richmond from Kingston to Ottawa

The Jock River runs through the village on its way East to the Rideau River

The Marlborough Forest is excellent for hiking, snowmobiles, mountain biking and has ski trails

The Goulbourn Skating Club, Richmond Curling Club, Richmond Centennial Golf Course, the Richmond Community and the 4H Club and the Richmond Walking Club are all active groups in the village.

Events And Attractions

There are many events and activities in Richmond. There is something for every family member: The Richmond Village Association plays an essential role in some of these events: the Richmond Spring Clean-up, Village-Wide Garage Sale, Richmond Family Fun Day, Richmond Fair Parade Float Entry, Winter Wonderland Banners, Reveal Lighting of the Park Ceremony, Santa Claus Parade, Lighting of the Park and the Lighting of the trees with Christmas Lights.

The Richmond Fair is the largest spectator event held on an annual basis within the surrounding community. Promoting agricultural awareness within the City of Ottawa. the fair is an excellent opportunity for members of the community to showcase their arts, crafts, livestock and produce. This fair hosts days of entertainment featuring rides, games, live entertainment, demolition derbys and much more. Over 30 different communities come together to organize this fair and a variety of other events on the fairgrounds throughout the year.

Richmond is very fortunate to be just minutes away from The Canadian Tire Centre. It is the home of the Ottawa Senators. It also hosts many world-class musicians and entertainers and unique children’s shows like Disney On Ice and Paw Patrol Live. Located only minutes from the village is Ottawa’s largest outdoor shopping mall, Tanger. There are also several excellent golf courses in the area.

Richmond’s Favourite Restaurants

There are many excellent restaurants in Richmond. The village is so friendly you will probably know most of the customers whenever you drop in. These include:

Royals Restaurant Dining Lounge is an intimate restaurant specializing in excellent choices for breakfast or lunch. It is well known for its quality, portion size and very fair prices of all of its meals

CC’s Corner is one of the favourite coffee shops in Richmond. Its world-class coffee is from the local roaster, Little Victories. In addition to the great coffee, they serve super lattes, donuts, cinnamon rolls, ham and cheese croissant

My Thai Village Restaurant has excellent Thai food and also serves breakfast on the weekend. Many say it is the best Thai food in the area, with Pad Thai and their curry being very popular

Chinhon Restaurant serves outstanding Chinese food. They provide in restaurant dining, a buffet on weekends and their top-rated take-out options. The General Tso’s Chicken is one of the many favourites.

 Richmond Gourmet offers a wide variety of lunch and dinner dishes with weekly specials based on the owners’ account of the freshest and most interesting food they’ve been able to obtain on the market.

Danby’s is known for their fun and inviting atmosphere, specializing in roadhouse comfort food. They are always ready to host a variety of events such as their own live music nights and dart leagues.

Danby’s is known for their fun and inviting atmosphere, specializing in roadhouse comfort food. They are always ready to host a variety of events such as their own live music nights and dart leagues.

Call this Special Village Home

Richmond is genuinely unique in the Ottawa area. It has dramatically grown from a small country village to a vibrant part of Ottawa. While it has kept the country friendliness and charm, it is just minutes away from everything that Ottawa offers, from great jobs, shopping, medical, education and all-season recreational facilities. Richmond is one of the fastest-growing and exciting communities in Ottawa. It has everything you will ever need or want. Additionally, there is beautiful green space and the fantastic Trans Canada Trail on your doorstep. This village has everything you and your family will ever need to be happy in your home and the community.

Historic Richmond

Like many areas of what now is the City of Ottawa, Richmond was founded by the British Army in 1818. The village was named after the Duke of Richmond, the newly appointed Governor-General of Upper Canada. Both Scottish and Irish soldiers were settled in Goulbourn and Beckwith. Richmond Road was built in 1818 by soldiers who had fought in the  War of 1812. Richmond homes were first built of local stone, and many can still be seen in the village. Richmond is famous for the story of The Duke and the Fox.  On August 26, 1819, the Duke visited the new community named in his honour. Earlier in Quebec, he had been bitten by a fox. He died on August 28, 1819.

Full-Service Richmond

While the population of Richmond is minimal in comparison to other suburbs of Ottawa, the amenities within the city are here to serve. Richmond is home to excellent local schools in the public and catholic sectors for both elementary and secondary students. Additionally, there is beautiful green space with an array of trees blanketing the area at Richmond Lions Community Park, and the Richmond Youth Centre that hosts many recreational programs which encourages the benefits of an active lifestyle.

Perth St, McBean St and its surrounding side streets are also home to many different types of local businesses and specialty stores that cater to most of the needs of its residents and homeowners. Here you can find hairdressers and barber shops, medical clinics, massage therapy, restaurants, karate, yoga, fitness centres, office supply stores, florists, grocers, a hardware store, and much more. Provided all the excellent benefits of living in the city of Richmond, most residents don’t mind venturing into the neighbouring Stittsville and Manotick communities for needs that exceed what is provided here, if and when the need presents itself.