Kanata is a rapidly growing suburban community located in the Ottawa Valley, about 22km west of downtown Ottawa. With a population of over 100,000, it is a warm, family-friendly community and a leading hi-tech centre in Canada.
The name Kanata comes from the Huron-Iroquois word “kanata,” meaning “village” or “settlement.” Canada also originates from the same word.
Kanata was primarily agricultural and sparsely populated until the 1960s, until developer Bill Teron designed a planned community. The area quickly grew in combination with a tech boom lead by big names like Nortel and Mitel that earned it the moniker “Silicon Valley North.”
The first street in Kanata, Tiffany Cresent, was built in 1964. The town was incorporated in 1978 and became a part of the City of Ottawa as part of the 2001 amalgamation. Kanata covers 132.21 km2 of land.
Kanata is bordered by the Ottawa River to the north, the Greenbelt to the east, Stittsville to the west, and rural communities to the south. It is divided by the 417 into two general neighbourhoods, Kanata North and Kanata South.
Kanata North includes the communities of Kanata Lakes, Marchwood, Lakeside, Beaverbrook, Morgan’s Grant, South March, South March Station, and Shirley’s Brook. Kanata South includes the neighbourhoods of Kativamik, Hazeldean, Glen Cairn, Bridlewood, Emerald Meadows, and Kanata West. The central community of Kanata Town Centre lies in the middle of Kanata.
According to the 2011 Census, the community population of Kanata is 80,781, while the urban population is 101,760.
Wondering about Kanata real estate? Kanata is home to a wide variety of housing options, including single family homes for sale, split homes, duplexes, triplexes, apartments, condos, and country homes. There are houses of every age and type, from charming bungalows to modern split-levels to high-end mansions.
Kanata is home to the Canadian Tire Centre, a world-class sports and entertainment arena. CTC is home to the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League and has hosted premium events including the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, the 2012 Women’s World Hockey Championships, 2012 NHL All-Star Game, 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and many Canadian University Basketball Championships. Music legends like Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, Prince, and Bruce Springsteen have performed at the arena. The Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame is housed at CTC.
Kanata remains a tech hub, and Canadian and multinational tech companies are leading employers in the area. Key employment sectors in the community include information technology, communication, software, defence, security and aerospace, life sciences, and clean tech.
Kanata Centrum is the main shopping centre in the community, with restaurants, stores, a movie theatre, and much more. Other commercial hubs include Tanger Outlet Mall and Hazeldean Mall.