I love Kanata. Years ago it was simply because of our proximity to Ottawa but since then it has grown and turned into a destination of its own. Kanata is actually one of the fastest growing suburbs in the province, thanks to our beautiful parks, shopping and the Kanata High-tech Business Park. So this article is exploring all the things to do here in beautiful Kanata.
SMALL PONY BARREL WORKS
101 Schneider Rd.
Currently rated as Kanata’s top attraction on TripAdvisor, Small Pony Barrel Works offers some of the most unique beers you’ll find anywhere. The staff are great, so is the food and they do have a variety of beverages, but it’s really about the beer. Samples are available, so don’t be afraid to ask. Some of their beers include Panda Medic, Level 5 Techno Mole, Hop Hands, Hammock Weather, The Cure for Madness, and dozens more.
You can eat and drink in house, and buy some of your favourites to bring home. Learn more about Small Pony Barrel Works here.
501 Palladium Dr.
This is a great way to test your upper body and core strength. Over 13,500 square feet of boulder, with spectacular angles. Don’t be intimidated though, they have a section that is dedicated to families and beginners. There’s a training space with a moonboard, 30 foot high climbing routes with auto-belay and right there in the center is one of the biggest Ninja Warrior obstacle courses in Canada.
Proper gear including shoes is necessary, but they offer everything you need, including climbing shoe rentals. Photos, information, waivers, it’s all there on the Altitude Gym website.
WALTER BAKER PARK
100 Charlie Rogers Place.
Everybody seems to love Walter Baker Park, especially dog owners. With the paths and the pond, it’s a great place to get your daily exercise. Families love it here too because of the splash pad for the kids. The playground is always well maintained, so are the sports fields and in the winter it’s a great spot to go tobogganing.
Check out some pictures and more details on Walter Baker Park here.
KANATA LEISURE CENTRE AND WAVE POOL
70 Aird Pl.
This is a popular spot, whether you’re looking for a fun afternoon swim with the family or need to get your daily workout in. Plenty of cardio equipment and weights, or you can push your limits with a TRX workout. I like that they have independent televisions, it helps to pass the time while I’m on the elliptical.
The Kanata Leisure Centre and Wave Pool are owned by the city, you can check out the details here.
MARSHES GOLF CLUB
340 Terry Fox Dr.
The Marshes was a design collaboration between Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Sr. Known for its layout and attention to detail, the course holds the distinction of having hosted PGA events.
The Marshes are a qualified wildlife sanctuary, which tells you just how natural and beautiful the space is. Also home to the Ironstone Grill and Jones Pub, you’ll certainly enjoy your experience.
BLACKBIRD FALLS PUTTING COURSE
320 Terry Fox Dr.
If the world-famous golf course next door (see above, The Marshes) is too intimidating, or you’re just looking for some fun with the kids, this 18-hole putting course is a good time. There are some unique obstacles, making it more of a challenge, such as bunkers and water hazards and it’s well priced. You can see some pics and find out more here.
KANATA CIVIC ART GALLERY
2500 Campeau Dr.
This gallery is all about quality over quantity. It’s also really cool to see how much talent we have in our region since all the art is local. Sculptures, paintings, fabric art, a variety of mixed media, which keeps things interesting. Prices are kept reasonable because most of the staff are volunteers. Exhibitions, artist info and more can be found on the Kanata Civic Art Gallery website, here.
EVERGREEN CRAFT ALES
21-767 Silver Seven Rd.
From lagers to IPAs, you’ll love sampling some local brews here. The menu is great, I like that it’s always changing. It’s nice to know the food is locally sourced as well; the bread for their paninis, for example, is a Ciabatta from Nat’s Bread Co. Their smoked meat is from Seed to Sausage and even the tables are hand made by a local artisan… speaking of the tables, they’re in the same room as the vats, which is pretty cool.
They’re always experimenting with their brews, you can buy some to bring home, including kegs if you like. If you want to learn more about Evergreen Craft Ales, click here.
8555 Campeau Drive
Located pretty conveniently near HWY 417 and Palladium, you can spend many happy hours at the Tanger Outlets. There’s a decent size food court, as well as some BeaverTails. But of course, it’s all about the shopping. Lots of gift ideas with The Body Shop, Marshalls and Perfumes 4 U. You can give your entire wardrobe a makeover from the many clothing and accessory stores such as Calvin Klein, Roots, Aldo, American Eagle Outfitters, and LuLulemon. Plus, your sweet tooth will be satisfied by the Lindt Chocolate store and the Sweet Escape Candy Emporium.
Their website offers deals you should check out in advance, plus there’s so much to see, I suggest planning your trip ahead of time by checking out the stores and the map on their website here.
150 Katimavik Rd.
With over 160 different ceramic items to choose from, plus a bar on site. You will really enjoy spending some time here. Art Haven’s mission is to create a space where you can get inspired and express yourself freely. Despite offering wine and beer, this really is a family-friendly place, with smoothies and bubble tea for the kids.
There’s a gallery online where you can see some of the creations as well as some action shots. Check out Art Haven here.
Spring, summer, fall or winter, it doesn’t matter… hiking will always be one of the best things to do in the KanataRegion. The Trans Canada Trail (Stittsville) is always a popular choice, you should check out Old Quarry Trail and Crazy Horse Trail (make sure you have some waterproof boots for Crazy Horse). Beaver Pond is a beautiful 2.5km loop around the pond, which turns into a skating rink in the winter. And Monaghan Forest is like a bunch of small hikes in one spot, so you can tailor the length to your liking.