Kanata / Stittsville

Just west of Ottawa, you’ll find the suburban communities of Kanata and Stittsville. These family-friendly areas contain many smaller micro-communities; including Morgan’s Grant, Kanata Lakes, Beaverbrook, Katimavik, Glen Cairn, Bridlewood, Emerald Meadows, Fairwinds, Granite Ridge, Amberwood, Jackson Trails, Timbermere, Crossing Bridge, Potter’s Key, and Deer Run.

Kanata has been a favourite suburban Ottawa community for many years, while Stittsville has been known more as a rural community.  Ongoing development in the Stittsville area has made it increasingly popular with families looking for more space and easy access to excellent amenities. 

What is it Like to Live in Kanata?

The homes here range from single-family properties to semi-detached, townhouses, and some lower-rise condo buildings. The area is well-served by transit, although most residents rely on cars to get around. 

One of the most notable features of Kanata is its reputation as a global high-tech hub. The Kanata North Business Association is the largest tech park in Canada and is home to numerous innovative and forward-thinking companies, making Kanata the neighbourhood of choice for tech employees.

In terms of shopping, Kanata has a variety of local businesses and box stores including Tanger Outlets which features 78 outlet stores, that locals and tourists shop at. There is also the Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre, Hazeldean Mall, box stores on Hazeldean Road, and more. 

Sports and music fans will love Kanata’s proximity to the Canadian Tire Centre. The arena is home to the Ottawa Senators and the main location for big-name concerts and events in Ottawa. For those with an interest in local arts, the Ron Maslin Playhouse is the place to enjoy local shows in Kanata and is easily accessible from other parts of Ottawa.

Kanata offers a lot of athletic and leisure options to its residents. Walter Baker Park, showcasing many sports fields, and the Kanata Recreation Complex with numerous rinks. The Bell Sensplex is the Ottawa Senators’ main practice facility but also hosts many local hockey practices and tournaments.

Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy easy access to the Trans-Canada Trail, specifically Old Quarry Trail, as well as the Kanata Golf & Country Club. South March Highlands Conservation Area is also a popular destination for hiking and mountain biking. 

You can read more about living in Kanata by visiting our blog right here.

How does Stittsville compare to Kanata?

Stittsville is located southwest of Kanata and some of the boundaries between the communities feel slightly blended – but rest assured, each area has its own distinct ambiance. 

Stittsville was originally a small town west of Ottawa, with a distinctly rural feel.  Despite significant growth and development, Stittsville still maintains elements of its rural roots. It’s common to find charming older homes, farms, fields, open spaces, and wooded areas. You may also find more locally-owned businesses including restaurants and cafes in Stittsville village like the ever-popular Jo-Jo’s Pizza and Equator Coffee

Thanks to its proximity to Kanata, Stittsville also enjoys popularity among tech workers looking for a peaceful, quiet community for their families. 

Stittsville residents also have easy access to the incredible Trans-Canada Trail, an old rail trail that connects from Bells Corners in Ottawa, all the way out to Carleton Place! Many families in Stittsville use the path on a daily basis for walking and cycling. The CAREDELREC Recreation Centre is also popular in Stittsville, with access to amazing city programs including swimming lessons, group fitness classes, camps, and more. 

If you’re on the hunt for a family-oriented, convenient, and safe suburban neighbourhood, look no further than Kanata or Stittsville! 

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