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Minto's History in Barrhaven

Minto has a long-standing commitment to the Barrhaven community, having played an integral role in the development of the area since the 1970s. Over the years, we've developed 8,500 homes in various neighbourhoods including the original ‘Barrhaven' development and Cedargrove in Old Barrhaven during the 1970s and 1980s, then Chapman Mills, Ampersand, Winding Way, Stonefield Flats, Harmony and Riversbend at Harmony and of course, Quinn's Pointe.

Even from the beginning, environmental protection has been high on our list of priorities.

  • Stonefield Flats community was the largest LEED® for Homes multi-family community in Canada when it was built, achieving LEED Silver Certification.
  • Ampersand was used to showcase sustainable design with the Asia Pacific Partnership and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation under the EQuilibrium Communities™ initiative.
  • Minto worked with the City of Ottawa to preserve 52 acres of wooded area in the Barrhaven area, including the South Nepean Woods Park, and the preserved woodlot off Longfields Drive.

But it's our commitment to strengthening the fabric of this community that we are most proud of: with walking paths, parks, natural green space, and even a partnership with the City of Ottawa to sponsor the development of the Minto Recreation Complex.

Throughout the years, Minto has pioneered innovative new home and community design in our Barrhaven communities. During the 1990s, Minto introduced a smaller, more affordable series of homes that fit on wide-and-shallow lots - with recessed garages and more windows on the front and rear of the homes. This was the first community of its kind to be registered in Ontario, and today we still incorporate many of these design features into our new homes and communities.

In 2001, Minto (as part of a the South Nepean Development Corporation, a partnership with the Shenkman Corporation) donated 2 acres of waterfront land on the shore of the Rideau River, to be used as a nature trail and provided development funds to the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority to help build the Chapman Mills Conservation Area.

Fast forward to today and we’ve launched the next phase of our master-planned community, Quinn’s Pointe in Barrhaven South. Joining the already established, existing community, Quinn’s Pointe will offer Single Family Homes and Townhomes to a new generation of Barrhaven families.

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