Barrhaven is a rapidly growing suburban neighbourhood in the southwest of the urban area of the city of Ottawa, about 17 km (11 mi) southwest of downtown. Prior to amalgamation with Ottawa in 2001, Barrhaven was part of the City of Nepean.
Modern Barrhaven was established in the 1960s, one of a group of new suburbs built outside the Greenbelt from the main city of Ottawa. Building in the area was begun by Mel Barr, for whom the community is named. Barr had originally purchased a 200-acre (0.81 km2) farm with the intent of constructing a horse racing track. However the Rideau Carleton Raceway was built further to the east, and Barr instead decided to develop his land for housing.
Barrhaven is home to several public and Catholic schools, numerous parks, playgrounds, and shopping spots.
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