Everything You Need to Know About Living in Kanata

About 20 minutes southwest of downtown Ottawa is Kanata, one of the fastest-growing suburbs in Ontario. Affordable housing, an abundance of nature and parks, and tons of great shopping. Living in Kanata is safe and family-friendly with highly rated schools and a variety of restaurants.

Thanks to its natural beauty with abundant parks and treelined streets, shopping, dining and employment opportunities, Kanata has received a rating of 96 on AreaVibes Livability scale, which is considered an exceptional score. While the cost of living is about 10% more than the Canadian average, their total crime is 58% lower. The median household income is currently $150,000, which is 96% higher than the national average.

With so much to offer, this article is exploring everything you need to know about living in Kanata.

RECREATION

From indoor playgrounds to libraries to trampoline parks, kids will always have something to do in Kanata. Covid has affected the hours of some of these businesses, so make sure you check out their website in advance for updates before you head in.

The Kanata Recreation Complex has two full-size arenas with spectator seating. Located within the Walter Baker Park, surrounded by baseball, soccer and football fields, outdoor basketball, beach volleyball, a splash pad and in the winter a toboggan hill.

The Kanata Leisure Centre and Wave Pool is a great place for your daily workout or to spend an afternoon swimming with the family.

Landmark Cinemas is the largest theatre in the Ottawa-Kanata region with 24 screens as well as an IMAX

HIKING

  • Crazy Horse Trail: Beautiful, but is often very wet. Waterproof shoes or boots are a must.
  • Beaver Pond: A 2.5 km loop around a lovely pond, which in the winter turns into a skating rink.
  • Pinhey Forest: A flat trail through the forest that’s great for a jog or bike ride with the family.
  • Monaghan Forest: A little piece of heaven tucked into this busy area.
  • Shirleys Bay Trail: Perfect for bird watching while you stroll, it’s an easy, peaceful trail.
  • Trans Canada Trail: An iconic trail that runs through the Cardelrec Recreation Complex. This is a favourite among our residents, as the Livery Apartments back onto the trail.

CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE

There’s always something happening at the Canadian Tire Centre. Covid aside, it’s usually a full house when the Sens are playing. Other sporting events to come to the Canadian Tire Centre include Disney On Ice, Harlem Globetrotters, Professional Bull Riding, Monster Spectacular and Cirque du Soleil. Comedians such as Kevin Hart, Jeff Dunham, and Amy Schumer. Of course, plenty of bands perform as well; Rod Stewart, Keith Urban, The Weeknd, Elton John, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc.

Being able to catch an NHL game or go to your favourite concert, and then be home within a few minutes is one of the biggest perks of living in Kanata.

Some events that were cancelled for Covid have already been rescheduled, such as Justin Bieber’s show which is now scheduled for July, and James Taylor is still coming, but in September when it’s safer for everyone.

SHOPPING

Kanata is home to all of Canada’s popular big-box stores including Walmart, Canadian Tire, Best Buy, and Home Depot. The Kanata Centrum is the third largest shopping center in the Ottawa-Kanata region with over 80  brand name stores and 28 restaurants.

The Tanger Outlet has 75 designer stores such as Calvin Klein, Marshalls, Aldo, Banana Republic and Lindt Chocolate.

Hazeldean Mall is another popular choice for shopping, for clothes, accessories, and flooring, but they also offer a variety of services including dog training, optometry, massage therapy, salon, travel and more.

SCHOOLS

An excellent selection of early childhood care, elementary and high schools in the public, private, and catholic school boards. In fact, the high school graduation rate is 9% higher in Kanata than in other schools across the country. About 60% of local students go on to receive a bachelor’s degree, which is 123% higher than the Canadian average.

EMPLOYMENT

The opportunities seem endless in Kanata, being a 15-20 minute drive to downtown Ottawa opens the doors to hundreds of local employers in nearly every industry. Plus, with the Department of National Defence on Moodie Drive, and Kanata’s Tech Sector, new jobs are popping up daily. Known as “Technata”, Kanata North is home to the largest technology park in the country with about 550 companies and 28,000 highly skilled employees. From promising startups to global giants such as Blackberry, Huawei, it’s incredible to see the R&D advancements that are being made in our own backyard.

LOCAL COMMUNITIES

  • BEAVERBROOK: Was the first established residential neighbourhood in Kanata, most of the homes built here were in the ’60s. It’s a charming community with bungalows, 2-storey homes and plenty of beautiful mature trees. You’ll find an interconnected scenic trail that starts here and runs through other neighbourhoods including Kanata Lakes and Morgans Grant. They’re great for walking, running and biking.
  • BRIDDLEWOOD / EMERALD MEADOWS: A residential community that was built up mostly in the ’80s and ’90s. You’ll find plenty of biking trails including the Trans-Canada Trail that passes through the neighbourhood.
  • GLEN CARIN / HAZELDEAN: Originally farmland, this community was built up in the ‘70s and ’80s after the government introduced a program encouraging families to purchase homes in the region. The streets are nicely lined with trees, and the schools in this district are top-notch. A lot of thought went into planning this community including underground wiring and curved roads to slow traffic. Thanks to the community centers, outdoor pool and schools, this is a great spot for families.
  • KANATA LAKES: Located north of the Queensway, Kanata Lakes is home to the Canadia Tire Center. Most homes in this neighbourhood were built in the late ’80s. Tanger Outlet mall is also nearby, along with Beaver Pond which is great for walking in the summer and skating in the winter.
  • KATIMAVIK: Just south of the Queensway, this neighborhood was built with a garden-city vision. It does still give off that feel with tree-lined streets, and lots of parks including sports fields, tennis courts, a splash pad and more. Katimavik is also home to a medical center with a walk-in-clinic, medical laboratories, and several specialists.
  • MORGAN’s GRANT / Brookside: This high-tech area is home to over 500 companies and 28,000 highly skilled employees. Many of the homes were built in the late ’80s along with the walking paths. The scenic Trillium Woods is a 15km multi-use trail that many locals have grown to love. With a great transit system, plenty of shopping, restaurants and green space, this community has something for everyone.

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