When people talk about the Ottawa real estate market, they always talk about Ottawa as a whole. But within Ottawa, there are some neighbourhoods more in demand than others. Kanata is one of those neighbourhoods.

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About Kanata

Kanata real estate is comprised of several smaller communities, with several residential class and condo class properties. 

Kanata’s strong technology sector and close proximity to the Department of National Defence have created an unwavering interest in Kanata. Coupled with its family appeal, newer developments, and many amenities, Kanata has what the majority of buyers look for when purchasing a home. Kanata has a wonderful mix of both worlds, with several rural communities as well as high-tech companies that have been set up in the Kanata North business park. Kanata’s neighbourhoods include Beaverbrook, Glen Cairn, Bridlewood, Katimavik, Morgan’s Grant, and Kanata Lakes.

A mix of old and new, the communities in Kanata each have their own features.

Beaverbrook offers a pristine location for recreational amenities, schools, and shopping opportunities. Glen Cairn used to be a very small village and is a great place to raise a family; with its public pool, library, and the Jack Charron arena all nearby. Bridlewood sits cozily next to the greenbelt, what used to be fields and farms is now a nice development area with newer, affordable housing next to the hiking trails the greenbelt offers. Katimavik, meaning “Gathering Place” is a safe neighbourhood to raise children, and is home to the Canadian tire centre where the Ottawa Senators play hockey. Morgan’s Grant is located in the north end with the high tech companies and top-quality golf course as a favourite meeting place, this newer subdivision has everything nearby! Kanata Lakes has two provincially protected beaver pond wetlands, many parks and golf courses, as well as the Centrum Shopping area.

Attend hockey games at the Ottawa senators Canadian tire centre, enjoy the country club and golf courses, one of the many parks and, in the winter, a good toboggan hill or skating rink is always nearby. Wherever you find yourself in Kanata, you’re sure to have a good community just outside of Ottawa with the best of both worlds.

Schools in Kanata

Kanata is home to 25 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, and 7 secondary schools ranging from public to private. The following is a list of these schools, complete with their Fraser’s Institute Quality ranking. For more information about individual schools, contact the Ottawa-Carleton Regional School Board.

Please note: We have included a Fraser’s Institute Ranking where applicable. This is not the only way to determine school quality. For more information, please contact the individual schools.

Public Schools – Elementary

Bridlewood Community Elementary School

  • District: Bridlewood
  • Grades JK-6
  • Fraser Ranking: 6

Castlefrank Elementary

  • District: Katimavik
  • Grades JK-3
  • Fraser Ranking: N/A

Jack Donohue Public School

  • District: Morgan’s Grant
  • Grades JK – 8
  • Fraser Ranking: 8

John Young Elementary School

  • District: Glen Cairn and Bridlewood West
  • Grades JK – 6
  • Fraser Ranking: 6.4

Katimavik Elementary School

  • District: Katimavik
  • Grades 4 – 8
  • Fraser Ranking: N/A

Roch Carrier Elementary School

  • District: Bridlewood, Emerald Meadows, Glen Cairn, Katimavik
  • Grades JK – 6
  • Fraser Ranking: 7.5

Roland Michener Public School

  • District: Beaverbrook, Kanata Lakes, Morgan’s Grant West
  • Grades JK- 6
  • Fraser Ranking: 8.1

South March Public School

  • District: Morgan’s Grant
  • Grades JK – 6
  • Fraser Ranking: 7.6

Stephen Leacock Public School

  • District: Beaverbrook, Kanata Lakes, Morgan’s Grant West
  • Grades JK – 6
  • Fraser Ranking: 9.5

W. Erskine Johnston Public School

  • District: Beaverbrook, Kanata Lakes
  • Grades JK – 8
  • Fraser Ranking: 8.9

W.O. Mitchell Elementary School

  • District: Bridlewood East, West, North – Emerald Meadows South East
  • Grades: JK – 8
  • Fraser Ranking: 7.1

Public Schools – Middle and Secondary

Glen Cairn Public School

  • District: Glen Cairn, Emerald Meadows and Bridlewood West and South
  • Grades 7 – 8
  • Fraser Ranking: N/A

A.Y. Jackson Secondary School

  • District: Glen Cairn, Bridlewood and Emerald Meadows
  • Grades 9 – 12
  • Fraser Ranking: 7.9

Earl Of March Secondary School

  • District: Beaverbrook, Kanata Lakes and Katimavik
  • Grades 7 – 12
  • Fraser Ranking: 8.9

West Carleton Secondary School

  • District: Morgan’s Grant and West Carleton
  • Grades 9 – 12
  • Fraser Ranking: 8.8

Catholic Schools

Georges Vanier Catholic Elementary School

  • District: Beaverbrook, Kanata Lakes South and East
  • Grades JK – 6
  • Fraser Ranking: 8.2

Holy Redeemer Catholic School

  • District: Katimavik, Stittsville Northeast corner
  • Grades JK – 6
  • Fraser Ranking: 6.7

St. Anne Elementary

  • District: Emerald Meadows
  • Grades JK to 6
  • Fraser Ranking: 7.6

St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School

  • District: Kanata Lakes
  • Grades JK – 6
  • Fraser Ranking: 8.3

St. Isidore Catholic Elementary School

  • District: Morgan’s Grant
  • Grades JK – 6
  • Fraser Ranking: 7.9

St. Martin De Porres Elementary School

  • District: Glen Cairn and Bridlewood West
  • JK – Grade 6
  • Fraser Ranking: 6.7

All Saints Catholic High School

  • District: West Carleton, Morgan’s Grant, Kanata Lakes, Beaverbrook
  • Grades 7 – 12
  • Fraser Ranking: 8.4

Holy Trinity Catholic High School

  • District: Bridlewood, Emerald Meadows, Glen Cairn and Katimavik
  • Grade 7 – 12
  • Fraser Ranking: 8.2

French Schools

École élémentaire catholique Roger-Saint-Denis

  • District: Katimavik
  • JK – Grade 6
  • Fraser Ranking: 8.1

École élémentaire catholique Élisabeth-Bruyčre

  • District: Bridlewood
  • Grades JK – 6
  • Fraser Ranking: 6.6

École élémentaire publique Kanata

  • District: Morgan’s Grant
  • JK – Grade 8
  • Fraser Ranking: 7.4

École élémentaire publique Maurice-Lapointe

  • District: Bridlewood-Emerald Meadows
  • Grades JK – 12
  • Fraser Ranking: 8.3

Private Schools

Please Note: There are no Fraser Rankings for private schools

Beaverbrook Montessori

  • District: Beaverbrook
  • Age 14m – Age 6

Kanata Montessori

  • District: Bridlewood, including surrounding area.
  • Age 18m – Grade 8

March Montessori

  • District: Morgan’s Grant
  • Age 18m – Grade 8

Kanata Academy

  • District: Kanata Lakes and Beaverbrook
  • Age 2 – Grade 12

Shopping in Kanata

Whatever you want, Kanata’s got. There are tons of stores and shopping centres to pick from. Here are a few of the most popular ones:

  • Tanger Outlets – The Tanger Outlets Mall has several brand-name outlet stores where you can get some of the best deals in the city.
  • Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre – This mall has space for 37 stores, and features big brands like Chapters and Walmart, with several smaller, more local businesses calling Centrum home.
  • Terry Fox Shopping Centre – This mall is small, but it has a lot of local character with a little bit of everything, from food establishments to a hair salon.
  • Hazeldean Mall – This is your classic neighbourhood mall, and has all the fan-favourite stores you recognize wherever you go.
  • Kanata Commons – Kanata Commons is another mall located in the west end that includes a Independent Grocers, Rogers, banks, and dining establishments.

Grocery Stores

Kanata has a multiple grocery stores. Along with the familiar brands of Loblaws, Sobeys and Food Basics, there’s also a Kardish Health Food Centre, Kanak’s, and many other small local grocers. One thing’s for sure: you’ll never go hungry!

Kanata amenities

These are just some of the amenities that Kanata has to offer within a 5 kilometre radius of the neighbourhood’s centre. Photo Courtesy of Amenity Map.

Public Transportation

One of the best things about Ottawa is the amount of public transportation available. Through OC Transpo, there are several buses with routes that take you throughout Kanata, or into downtown Ottawa and beyond.

There are several fare options available, depending on how often you’ll be taking the bus. Visit the OC Transpo website for more information.

Healthcare in Kanata

Healthcare is a necessity, and Kanata has plenty of healthcare options and businesses to choose from. Besides being only a few kilometres away from the Queensway Carleton Hospital, Kanata has several medical clinics, dentists, doctors, and treatment centres that will be able to attend to all of your needs.

Community and Entertainment in Kanata

Kanata is much more than a place to live: it’s a place to have fun!

You could catch a movie at Landmark Cinemas, one of the largest theatres in the city. How about cheering on the Ottawa Senators or singing at a concert at the Canadian Tire Centre?

There’s more! You could:

  • Catch some great live performances that the Ron Maslin Playhouse.
  • Splash around at the Kanata Leisure Centre and Wave Pool.
  • Play a round or two at Marshes Golf Club – or visit one of the countless other clubs in the area.
  • Have a refreshment at the Small Pony Barrel Works Brewery.
  • Talk a walk to the Stony Swamp down the old Quarry Trail, or explore the South March Highlands Conservation Forest.
  • Jump around at the Xtreme Trampoline Park – great for kids and kids at heart!
  • Wander around the Kanata Civic Art Gallery.
  • Eat fresh from May to October at the Kanata Farmers Market.

Whatever your interests, Kanata will have something for you!

Dining Out in Kanata

Dining out is a nice treat for many people, so they want to make it a good choice! Luckily, Kanata has plenty of those!

The following restaurants in the Kanata area are just a sampling of the local cuisine, and all have a sizeable amount of positive reviews by people who have eaten there before.

  • Amuse Kitchen & Wine
  • Aperitivo
  • Cabotto’s
  • Fratelli
  • Graffiti’s Italian Eatery
  • Kanata Noodle House
  • Lapointe Seafood Grill
  • Perspectives Restaurant at Brookstreet
  • The WORKS Gourmet Burgers

You’re Sold! But How Do You Find a Place to Buy?

Now you know: Kanata is the perfect place for you. But when everyone wants to live there, and Ottawa’s listing inventory is below average, how do you get the right home at a fair price?

How a Paul Rushforth Agent Can Help You Succeed in Kanata Real Estate

The secret to your success in becoming a part of the Kanata neighbourhood is to hire a professional realtor.

When you work with Paul Rushforth, our agents come armed with the following tools.

1. Exceptionally Thorough Market Research

Our agents do tons of research when you become their client. They find out everything about you and what you want in a home, and then they spend hours researching available listings, making sure to get as much as they can on your wishlist.

2. Experience in Kanata and Beyond

Agents at Paul Rushforth have years of experience under their belts, and use that to sell more residential homes than anyone else.

This is especially valuable in Ottawa’s current market. In neighbourhoods as popular as Kanata, Ontario, sometimes several buyers will want the same property. Multiple offer situations are complex and require in-depth knowledge and attention to detail. If you find yourself in this situation, you want someone on your side who knows how to present your offer and negotiate price.

Tip: Multiple offer situations are tricky for sellers, too. We recommend hiring a real estate agent when you sell your home, especially if you suspect it’s going to be popular! They’ll handle everything from pricing to marketing to fielding multiple offers, should that situation arise.

3. An Entire Team at Your Disposal

When you work with Paul Rushforth Real Estate, you’re not just paired with one overworked agent doing everything. You have an agent dedicated to getting you a home, and an entire team of real estate experts, all doing different jobs to make sure that we give you the best service and the best results.

The best part? There’s no extra cost, but you get more support than with any other company. Our shared goal is making your real estate dreams come true.

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If you’re getting us to help you find a house in Kanata, let us help you sell your current home in Ottawa. When we list a home, we put in the time and energy to make sure it is properly appraised and priced, marketed professionally, and beautifully presented.

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