montage2Kanata Links of Interest

West Ottawa Board of Trade

The Kanata Page

West Ottawa Soccer 

City of Ottawa Official Plan – Kanata

Kanata Theatre

Kanata Symphony

Kanata/Beaverbrook Community Association

Movies – Landmark Cinemas 24 Kanata

Kanata Montessori School

Brookstreet Hotel

Ottawa Kiosk


Kanata A Brief History

Kanata is rich in history and scenic splendor. The name “Kanata” originates from a Huron-Iroquois word meaning “meeting place” or “come together” and Kanata lives up to its name. The overall community design philosophy in Kanata emphasizes the interrelationship of employment lands and the surrounding residential communities. Each community, (Beaverbrook, Town Center, Kanata Lakes, South March, Katimavik-Hazeldean, Glen Cairn, Bridlewood, and Rural Kanata) offers a quality of life second to none for your family to enjoy.

The Township of March was named in honor of the Duke of Richmond, Earl of March, Baron Setterington and Methuen of Torbolton. March Township was settled in the early 1800’s with the majority of its settlers from England, Scotland and Ireland. Dr. Alexander Christie, a Scotsman, was the first doctor to come to March Township. He lived on a farm on the first concession near the old Arnprior Road which he called Glen Cairn. Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey was an English merchant who won distinction during the Napoleonic Wars by delivering messages through the French Blockade. For this bravery and service, he was awarded 1,000 acres which he called Horaceville. Today, it is the wonderful attraction and historic site of Pinhey’s Point.

By 1965 much farm land had been sold to developers and the Kanata had its beginnings. In 1967, the township offices were moved to the March Centennial Building on Klondike Road at South March. In 1980 the township offices were again relocated to the Town Center. Finally in 1990, the offices were relocated to the location at 580 Terry Fox Drive. Today, Kanata has been amalgamated into the City of Ottawa.

Kanata Today

Home to just over 100,000 residents, Kanata is today a thriving community that’s rich with character and charm. It’s a neighbourhood with all sorts of fantastic local conveniences, which cater to people of all ages. Within the neighbourhood’s boundaries you’ll find a huge variety of schools, churches, recreational sites and shopping opportunities, so those living in the area have a world of amenities and resources right at their fingertips.

Throughout Kanata you’ll find a vast selection of local schools, including public elementary schools, Catholic schools, French public schools, French Catholic schools and secondary schools; as well as fantastic local recreational opportunities around the Kanata Leisure Centre and Wave Pool, the Ron Maslin Playhouse, the Kanata Recreation Complex and more. Kanata is home to one of Ottawa’s largest movie theatre – the Landmark Cinemas 24 Kanata; to the Ottawa Senators’ Canadian Tire Centre; to the Bell Sensplex and a wealth of other fantastic indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities. Residents can enjoy Kanata’s 90 recreational parks, two local golf courses, 150 collective kilometers of winding pathways and so much more.

Located along March Rd in Kanata’s business park is the area’s high tech sector, where you’ll find a world of high tech companies such as Mitel, March Networks, MDS Nordion and Alcatel-Lucent, as well as manufacturing and industrial firms, commercial establishments and more; so residents can take advantage of the neighbourhood’s ample job opportunities on top of so many other fantastic amenities and resources.

Residents in Kanata have access to all that the area has to offer by way of Ottawa’s public transit services, as the city’s OC Transpo bus lines make regular stops throughout Kanata’s neighbourhoods; so those in the area can travel seamlessly around the greater Ottawa area. With so many great local conveniences, Kanata truly provides its residents with everything they need and so much more.


In a setting that actively fosters business opportunities, it is not surprising that Kanata is one of the fastest growing communities within the region. In fact, income and educational levels of Kanata residents are above the Regional and Provincial Standards. This being the beginning of a new Millennium, it is only fitting that Kanata begin this new era well positioned in the current Economic Boom. Although fuelled by new economy industries such as the Telecommunication, Semi-conductor, High Tech clusters that make Kanata their home, Kanata has now positioned itself as a well diversified community that provides a live-work atmosphere with an unprecedented quality of life. Currently Kanata is experiencing a residential growth rate of about 7.5%, which will, at the end of this year, bring the total estimated population to just over 60,000. In addition, Kanata’s Commercial Industrial growth is staggering. In 1999, the then City of Kanata approved 669,447 ft 2 of Commercial and Industrial space. At the end of 2000, more than 2 million ft 2 of Commercial and Industrial space will have been approved.

The People

What makes Kanata such a healthy and vibrant community is it’s people. Kanata is one of the most active communities in the world. With such dedication from community associations, churches and groups alike it’s no wonder that residents are proud to call Kanata their home.

Kanata Schools, Churches and Recreation Centres


Public Elementary schools

  • Bridlewood Community Elementary School
  • Castlefrank Elementary School
  • Glen Cairn Public School
  • Jack Donohue Public School
  • John Young Elementary School
  • Katimavik Elementary School
  • Roch Carrier Elementary School
  • Roland Michener Public School
  • Stephen Leacock Public School
  • W. Erskine Johnston Public School
  • W.O. Mitchell Elementary School


  • Kanata Creative Kindergarten
  • Kanata Montessori School
  • Children’s Montessori School

Catholic Elementary Schools

  • St. Gabriel School
  • Georges Vanier Catholic School
  • Holy Redeemer Catholic School
  • St Isidore Catholic School
  • St Martin de Porres Catholic School
  • St James Catholic School
  • St Anne Catholic School

French Catholic  Elementary Schools

  • École Roger-Saint-Denis
  • École Elisabeth-Bruyère
  • École élémentaire catholic Saint-Rémi

French Public School

  • École élémentaire Publique Kanata
  • Maurice-Lapointe Public Elementary School

Secondary Schools

  • Earl of March Secondary School
  • A.Y. Jackson Secondary School
  • Holy Trinity Catholic High School
  • All Saints Catholic High School


Recreation Centres
  • St. Isidore Roman Catholic Church
  • St. John’s Anglican Church
  • West Ottawa Christian Community
  • Fellowship Baptist Church
  • Christ Risen Lutheran Church
  • Kanata Lakes Fellowship
  • Kanata United Church
  • Kanata Pentecostal Church
  • The People’s Gathering Place of the National Capital Region
  • St. Xenia Russian Orthodox Church
  • The Bridge
  • Ottawa Mandarin Wesleyan Church
  • Amicus Vineyard Christian Community
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church
  • St. Paul’s Anglican Church
  • Kanata Baptist Church
  • Kanata Community Christian Reformed Church
  • On the Rock Christian Fellowship
  • Glen Cairn United Church
  • Community Bible Church
  • Bridlewood Bible Chapel
  • Bethesda Renewal Centre
  • Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church
  • Bridlewood Community Church of the Nazarene
  • Chapel Ridge Free Methodist Church
  • Kanata Fellowship Baptist Church
  • Bridlewood Community Centre
  • Kanata Recreation Complex
  • Bell Sensplex
  • Kanata Leisure Centre & Wave Pool
  • Kanata Beaverbrook Community Centre
  • March Tennis Club
  • Canadian Tire Centre
  • Mlacak Arena
  • Jack Charron Arena
  • Thunderbird Sports Centre