community of Orléans is made up of a collection
of neighbourhoods in Ottawa's far east end. Neighbourhoods
such as Convent Glen, Orleans Wood, Chapel Hill, Queenswood
Heights, Fallingbrook and Chatelaine Village were formally
part of the municipalities of Gloucester and Cumberland.
In fact, the border between the two former cities ran
through the centre of what, over the years, came to be
known as Orléans.
community started out as the Parish of St. Joseph de Gloucester
in 1860. The first known settlers to the area were François
Dupuis, a veteran of the War of 1812, and Joseph Vézina,
also known as Viseneau who arrived in the area about 30
years before it became a parish. In its earliest days
-- and right up until the mid-20th century -- Orléans
was a predominantly French speaking community. In 1849
the population of the area was approximately 50 people.
Within 50 years the area would see the construction of
its first hotel, its first post office and its first school.
But it wasn't until the 1980s that the community really
the early to mid '80s, Orléans was the fastest
growing community in Canada. Over that period the population
almost doubled. Today, Orléans is home to more
than 100,000 inhabitants. The commute into Ottawa can
take between 15 minutes from Trim Road in the east end
of Orléans during non-rush hour periods to about
30 minutes during rush hour.
community has a number of state-of-the-art recreation
facilities such as the Ray Friel Centre and the Millennium
Sports Park, modern library services, top notch secondary
and elementary schools and the largest shopping centre
in the region in Place d'Orléans.
is currently represented in the House of Commons by Liberal
Leslie who is currently serving as the Government
Whip. At the provincial level, the representative is Liberal
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