About Us


The Dalhousie Community Association - DCA - represents residents of the former City of Ottawa's Dalhousie Ward, in the area bounded by:
  • Bay Street to the east;
  • Bayview Station / O-Train line to the west;
  • the Ottawa River to the north;
  • Highway 417 to the south (east of Booth); and
  • Carling Avenue to the south (west of Booth).
This area was Dalhousie Ward before it was joined to Wellington Ward in 1994, which combined became the Somerset Ward.

The association is made up of volunteers. Meetings are once a month, on the first Wednesday night, at the Dalhousie Community Centre - DCC - 755 Somerset West (at Empress). Free Parking, Number 2 bus route. You are welcome to come!

The DCA was founded 30 years ago in 1984, and two founding members are still active in the association: Archie Campbell, who for many years was president, has been active in the association for all 25 years; and Eric Darwin, who has also served as president. The current president (2013-2014) is Michael Powell. Old hands and new hands work well together to make a better community. Your hands are welcome to join ours.

Several committees or groups have grown out of the DCA and now operate autonomously, including the Plant Pool Recreation Association and the Dalhousie Safety Committee.

The DCA, in conjuntion with the Centretown Citizens Community Association - jointly own and operate The Centretown BUZZ, a community-run with a circulation of 10,000. The papers are delivered by volunteers from the DCA and the CCCA, and most of the content comes from the community as well.

The DCA (mostly Ida ) plants and maintains the garden in front of the DCC facing Somerset Street (shown above), and a new smaller garden at the corner of Lorne/Somerset.

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