If you’ve landed on this page, you must be either thinking about moving to Kanata or needing a bit of reassurance on why you moved to Kanata in the first place. Kanata is a beautiful suburban paradise, close to downtown Ottawa and a great place for your children to grow up. The neighbourhoods are safe and there is lots of entertainment and restaurants. You may never even feel the need to go downtown when you live in Kanata! But if you do want to make your way into the city, it’s only a short 20-minute drive down the 417 highway. So why should you move to Kanata? We’re glad you asked.
Kanata is one of the biggest suburbs in the Ottawa area. This large area has a fast-growing population which has reached over 90,000 people in a short amount of time. The population is mostly due to Kanata’s high tech centre which houses many major technology employers of Ottawa. Industries such as Nokia, Ericsson, Dell and countless start-up companies all with booming possibilities. There are plenty of grocery stores, restaurants and retail shops, you won’t get bored living in Kanata! The homes in Kanata vary from townhouses and condominiums to semi-detached and big beautiful detached homes on large lots.
As mentioned above, Kanata is a great location if you are looking for something close to the city. It is only a 15-20 minute drive into the city or a half-hour bus ride. If you are looking to escape the city, you are close to beautiful towns in the Ottawa Valley such as Arnprior, Renfrew, Pembroke and more! Kanata is conveniently situated beside the 417 highway, making transportation quick and easy. You are also very close to highway 7, so making a drive to the GTA is also effortless. There are many major bus routes in Kanata as well, so getting around is easy even if you don’t have a vehicle!
If retail therapy is something you need, look no further than the shops that Kanata has to offer! Christmas shopping has never been easier with this abundance of options! Some of the larger stores include Wal Mart, Costco, Cabela’s, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Chapters, Winners, HomeSense, Michaels just to name a few! As if that wasn’t enough, there are also 70+ stores at Tanger Outlet! There are also lots of great grocery stores including Loblaws, Sobeys, Food Basic, Farm Boy, Metro and more!
You won’t be bored when you move to Kanata! You have Landmark Cinema, Canadian Tire Centre, XTreme Trampoline, Kid’s Kingdom, Kanata Golf & Country Club, The Marshes Golf, Unlocked Ottawa and so many more fun things to do whenever you want! The Diefenbunker is also a short drive into Carp, or you could check out Saunders Farm or Karter’s Korners! For more ideas, check out this great article with fun things to do in Ottawa’s west end! If those things don’t tickle your fancy, you are still only a 20-minute drive into the city of Ottawa where you have a TON of entertainment options!
What do you feel like for dinner tonight? Whether it’s Indian, Thai, Italian, German, French or Canadian, Kanata has the perfect meal for you! It doesn’t matter if it’s a sit-down restaurant, pub, or takeout you are looking for, Kanata has it all! Check out the great restaurants that Centrum has to offer including: Bâton Rouge, Milestones, 3 Brewers, Moxie’s Jack Astor’s, Crazy Horse, Via Cibo, Pure Kitchen and so many more! Hazeldean and March Road also offer a ton of restaurants. From upscale fine dining at the Brookstreet Hotel to small delicious diners like Zak’s, you will find the perfect meal for you and your family in Kanata. If you get tired of Kanata’s restaurants, you can always take a short drive into Stittsville to one of their restaurants instead!
Another great reason to move to Kanata is the parks and trails! There is lots of greenspace in the Kanata area so you won’t feel surrounded by concrete like some neighbourhoods. There are tons of great walking/hiking trails as well as dog parks, parks for the kids to play in, and more! Some of Kanata’s great greenspace includes: Wesley Clover Parks, Hazeldean Wood Park, South March Highlands Conservation Forest, Jack Pine Trail, Stony Swamp, Old Quarry Trail, the list goes on! If hiking is your thing, check out our great list of Ottawa’s best trails!
Kanata covers a lot of ground and because of this, there are lots of different neighbourhoods within the city. Each neighbourhood has its own style and charm. From townhomes to semi-detached to condominiums, to large lots and detached homes, Kanata has a little something for everyone. With all the different price ranges, you should be able to find something within your budget in Kanata. A few neighbourhoods in Kanata include Bridlewood, Glencairn, Beaverbrook, Katimavik, Kanata Lakes, Morgan’s Grant, South March, Emerald Meadows and so many more!
Kanata is home to 29 different schools all within different neighbourhoods. 2 of the top elementary schools in all of Ottawa and 3 of the top high schools actually reside in Kanata as well. If you are choosing the perfect area for your kids, Kanata is great! With awesome schools, fun things to do and a safe neighbourhood to play in, Kanata is great for growing families! Looking for top schools in the Ottawa area? We’ve got a blog for that! Check it out here!
Have we convinced you to move to Kanata yet? Kanata is still very up and coming with new developments being built yearly. This growing community is great for purchasing a home. You know that your value is going to continue to rise and once you go to sell, you won’t have a hard time because the area is so desirable. So, if you are looking for a home within this beautiful suburbia, give us a call!
We would love to help you find your dream home!