Blackburn Hamlet is one of only two suburban areas in Ottawa surrounded by the National Capital Commission (NCC) Greenbelt lands as Canadian Federal Conservation Authority lands and Lands owned by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Together, these lands form part of Ottawa's "Greenbelt" and provide Blackburn Hamlet Residents and visitors with over 250 km of hiking and cross country skiing trails.
As well, these lands house one of the region's most sought after toboggan hills at Green's Creek, a series of outdoor soccer fields, known collectively as the Hornets Nest, and a cooperative garden maintained by residents for over 25 years.
The Hornets Nest includes an air-supported indoor recreation dome, called the SuperDome. The SuperDome is set in the middle of the beautiful fields and woods of the Hornet's Nest. Blackburn Hamlet's French public high school, Louis Riel, is home to North America's largest air supported fabric structure indoor recreation facility, at 12,422 square meters (133,705 square feet).
Blackburn is closer to downtown Ottawa than almost all the "new" suburbs, yet offers an old-fashioned country village feeling rarely found in neighbourhoods today.
Connected end to end via a series of treed parks and bike paths, Blackburn is pedestrian friendly. Blackburn offers all modern ammenities within no more than a 10 minute walk from most homes, Those include: grocery store, medical, dental, & legal practices, 3 drugstores, several pubs and restaurants, 2 banks, service stations, convenience stores, pizza delivery, video rental, dry cleaners, pawn shop, seniors residences, public, catholic and French schools, private schools and day-cares, many baseball diamonds, soccer fields, indoor arena and several outdoor rinks, large community centre, public library, outdoor pool, tennis courts, 11 children's play parks, and access to the Ottawa Regional bike paths. There is a host of activities and amateur intramural sports available as well.