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Living in Kanata
Located west of the Greenbelt, Kanata is a suburban area and is considered as one of the largest communities surrounding central Ottawa. Kanata is a mix of commercial and dense residential properties, coupled with vast amounts of open spaces for people to explore. The suburb is known for being the home of several high-tech companies and was dubbed "Silicone Valley North".
Kanata was mainly an agricultural based location until the 1960s when commercial development took over and modelled buildings that would shape the community. Unlike many other Ottawa suburban areas, Kanata was developed to incorporate a mixture of both residential and commercial developments that would use empty space and create a uniquely designed community.
The housing options in Kanata include townhomes, rentals and single-family homes. In Kanata North, you’ll find one of the oldest areas in the suburb, Beaverbrook, which is home to beautiful parks, community facilities and charming hedge lined homes. Toward the South, you’ll find the subdivisions of Glen Cairn, Emerald Meadows, Katimavik, Hazeldean and Bridlewood.
In Kanata, there is an excellent public transit service, with conveniently located bus stops, as well as major gateways.
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Kanata Jobs and Employment
As one of Canada’s vibrant technology hubs, Kanata North has long been recognized as a hotbed of technology innovation. The birthplace of game-changing companies such as Mitel, Cisco, and Newbridge Networks, the area continues to support 100s of creative technology companies within a specially-designed business park area.
As a result, Kanata North boasts a high percentage of young, highly-educated people. These same people also see Kanata North as an ideal place to raise families. The area has some of the best schools in the city, a new recreation complex, hiking and biking trails, easy access to downtown Ottawa and a reputation for safety.
Is Kanata A Safe Neighbourhood?
Kanata is currently ranked as the 5th safest neighbourhood in all of Ottawa.
If you believe in an active lifestyle, then Kanata is the perfect place for you. In the winter, families head to the Kanata Recreation Complex for ice skating and tobogganing. In the summer, kids can enjoy a splash pad with fountains and a play structure. Canada Day celebrations, including a fireworks display, are also held here annually.
Within Kanata Lakes, you’ll find the Canadian Tire Centre (formerly Scotiabank Place), home to the Ottawa Senators NHL team and the Bell Sens plex, which includes an indoor soccer field and four ice rinks. Kanata is also home to the largest movie theatre in Ottawa, as well as several premium golf courses. Kanata Centrum is a hub of commercial activity. Here, you can find the Tanger Outlets — a shopping-mall chain featuring a variety of brand-name and designer outlet stores.
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