Morris Village in the municipality of Clarence-Rockland just east of Ottawa city limits, is the place more and more folks are calling home. We’ve listed seven good reasons for that, but we know you’ll discover even more when you move in!
A family place
Morris Village takes its name from the Morris family, who owned the land where this friendly, growing community has taken root over the past couple of decades. The Morris clan earned its livelihood by cutting firewood and producing maple syrup, and while the land has changed hands, Morris Village with its wooded parkland, walking trails and water pond still feels like a welcoming family.
Homes for everyone
Developed by several fine homebuilders, Morris Village in Rockland offers an array of new-built homes to suit every budget and taste along with a pleasing diversity of styles and sizes. For example, Longwood’s recently opened Phase 5H features its Gallery Collection of two-storey homes with three or four bedrooms along with the popular two-bedroom Lyon bungalow. What’s more, because Rockland is just outside the City of Ottawa, prices are lower and lots bigger than you’ll find in most suburban neighbourhoods.
Modern conveniences with a small-town feel
Rockland offers French and English schools, day care centres, small, family-owned shops and other businesses, a full-service grocery store, major retailers like Canadian Tire and Walmart, and dental, medical and other professional services. Along with a beer and liquor store in the heart of town, there are even three pot shops.
Clarence-Rockland brims with modern amenities, including a YMCA, arenas, a public library, the Joël Gauthier Skatepark and more. Are you a dog lover? Rockland has a fenced off-leash dog park with its own active Facebook group. And for occasional music concerts, you can’t beat the Très-Sainte-Trinité Church, a Rockland landmark on Laurier Street.
The countryside (and more!) is a step away
Much of Clarence-Rockland is rural, which means easy access to outdoor amenities like the Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail and, in the summer and fall, farmgate food stands. If you’re a golfer, the Rockland Golf Club is almost on your doorstep. The beautiful Ottawa River is nearby and the Larose Forest, a great spot for hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, is just 30 minutes away. Looking to cool off the kids on a hot summer day? The Calypso Theme Waterpark, a family favourite in Limoges, is a short, 35-km drive.
Chips to go
Rockland offers not just one but two great chip stands: Le Chip Stand at 306 Edwards St. (fans rave about the poutine and fresh fries) and SS Chip Wagon at 342 Laurier St. (foodies love everything, from the crisp fries and onion rings to the big portions). If you get a sudden craving for street food, both chip wagons are just a quick walk from Morris Village. Rockland also boasts family-owned restaurants like Benny’s All Day at 2370 Laurier St. (a varied menu, including great breakfasts, and friendly service), a popular sports bar, fast-food locations, and Joyful Coffee, a terrific little spot that roasts its own beans.
Close to the big city
One of the many great things about life in Morris Village is its proximity to the city for commuters and for those looking for an evening out. Orléans is just 20 minutes west along Highway 174 and downtown Ottawa is about 40 minutes from your new home. If you’re looking for an even bigger city, head east to Montréal just 150 km away. But really, when you call Morris Village home, why would you want to go anywhere else?