The community is thought to have been named by its first postmaster, Théodore Besserer, after his place of birth, the Île d’Orléans near Quebec City. Orléans was an incorporated police village from 1922 to 1974 and was then known as St. Joseph d’Orléans. The name corresponds to the main francophone Roman Catholic Church, Paroisse St. Joseph of which the older part of Orléans is built around, along St. Joseph Boulevard.
The community’s name inspired the name of one its main roads, Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard, which wraps its way around the community. Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc) was a 15th century martyr who led the French army to victory in Orléans, France.
Largely a rural area for a great number of years, the first major suburban subdivision constructed in the community was the Queenswood Heights development starting in the late 1960s. Orléans has continued its steady growth as a suburban community since that time; its southern and easternmost boundaries continue to grow as more houses and businesses are built. Orléans continues to have a sizable French-speaking population, although the proportion of francophones has been decreasing in recent years. The community’s name is spelled with an acute accent in French in the relevant regulation to the City of Ottawa Act, reflective of the area’s francophone heritage.
Growth has focused around the Place d’Orléans shopping centre, a large shopping centre with over 175 stores situated off Regional Road 174 (the Queensway). Place D’Orléans was originally constructed in 1979 and underwent major expansions in 1984, 1988, and 1990 to arrive at its current size and configuration. Many new business areas along Innes Road between Tenth Line Road and Mer Bleue Road and in the vicinity of Trim Road on the eastern end of the area have also been built recently which serve to diversify the commercial districts of the community. The country-wide housing boom starting from 2000 has also seen an extremely large amount of housing and residential areas being developed in the eastern Orléans area east of Trim Road and south of Innes Road, such as the new community called Avalon. The population and business growth also forced the improvement of Innes Road from a two-lane to a four-lane road in 2005.
The Elizabeth Manley skating rink at the Bob MacQuarrie Orléans Recreation Complex (formerly Orléans Recreation Complex) is named for Ms. Manley who trained there and who won a Silver Medal in Women’s figure skating in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. It is home to the Gloucester Skating Club and the Canadian Academy of Skating Arts. The skating club is well known for sending skaters to national and international level competitions. The Ray Friel Recreational Complex in the more eastern part of Orléans is home to a public library, a high school, an indoor wave pool, exercising facilities, a physiotherapy clinic, a sports store, a restaurant, two soccer fields and three skating arenas making it one of the main centres for recreation in Orléans.
Along the Ottawa River in the north-east of Orléans, is the parkland of Petrie Island. The parkland is located on several small islands connected by Trim Road, a north-south roadway. The islands are sandbars developed over time in the river. There was a facility extracting sand from the islands, but this has been closed and converted into a large beach area. Petrie Island is home to turtles in some of its sheltered lagoons and has a nature centre for learning more about the local environment. One section of Petrie Island has several homes, but the area is mainly parkland. There is a marina with canoe and kayak rentals.
There are also several nature trails and paths throughout the area including the Bilberry Creek Trail and the Princess Louise Trail through which Taylor Creek runs and which results in a beautiful waterfall near St. Joseph Boulevard.
•1971 – 6,000
•1976 – 11,000
•1981 – 24,000
•1986 – 47,000
•1991 – 70,000
•1996 – 79,000
•2001 – 84,695
•2006 – 95,491
•2011 – 107,823
Schools and Education
St. Matthew High School
•St. Peter Catholic High School
•Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic School
•Chapel Hill Catholic Elementary School
•Convent Glen Catholic School
•Divine Infant Elementary School
•Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic School
•St. Clare Catholic Elementary School
•St. Francis Of Assisi Elementary School
•St. Teresa Catholic Elementary School
•École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges
•École secondaire catholique Garneau
•École élémentaire catholique Arc-en-ciel
•École élémentaire catholique de la Découverte
•École élémentaire catholique Alain-Fortin
•École élémentaire catholique des Pionniers
•École élémentaire catholique des Voyageurs
•École élémentaire catholique L’Étoile-de-l’Est
•École élémentaire catholique Reine-des-Bois
•École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph d’Orléans
•École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marie
•École Secondaire Publique Gisèle-Lalonde
•École élémentaire Des Sentiers
•École élémentaire Jeanne-Sauvé
•École élémentaire L’Odysée
•École élémentaire Le Prélude
•Cairine Wilson Secondary School
•Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School
•Avalon Elementary School
•Convent Glen Elementary School
•Dunning-Foubert Elementary School
•Fallingbrook Community Elementary School
•Forest Valley Elementary School
•Henry Larsen Elementary School
•Maple Ridge Elementary School
•Orléans Wood Elementary School
•Terry-Fox Public Elementary School
•Trillium Public Elementary School
Queenswood Public School Closed 2008 (now Coccinelle (Garderie) École La Source)
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