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
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 almost 80,000
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
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 Conservative MP Royal
Galipeau who is currently Deputy Chair of the Committees of the Whole House.
At the provincial level, the representative is Liberal MPP Phil
McNeely who is currently Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation.
Both are former local city councillors and library trustees and both are descendants
of families established here for several generations.
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