|No longer a city, but still Kanata
Population = 54,659
Workforce & Economy
Community & Lifestyle
What Kanata has to offer
Source: Economic Development Office, City of Kanata
Where is Kanata?
Until January 1, 2000, the City of Kanata was one of eleven municipalities which made up the Ottawa-Carleton Region. . It is now part of the City of Ottawa. 20 minutes west of the Parliament Buildings along Highway 417, Kanata is at a latitude of 45 degrees 18" North and a longitude of 75 degrees 55" West. Click here to see map
Air: The Ottawa International Airport is 20 minutes east of Kanata offering a link to all major cities in North America and overseas. Carp Airport (uncontrolled) is about 10 minutes west of Kanata and provides small private and business aircraft service.
Road: Connecting roads to Kanata include Highway 417 from Quebec and from North Bay, Highway 416 through HIghway 16 from the Prescott area, and Highway 7 through Highway 15 from Kingston and Highway 401. Driving time to Kanata is approximately 2 hours by road from Montreal and 4.5 hours from Toronto. The United States border is approximately one hour away to the south of Kanata.
Rail: Via Rail offers passenger service from Ottawa's downtown area, about 20 minutes from Kanata.
Public Transportation: OC Transpo operates the bus system for this region. There is also a Park and Ride at the Eagleson Road - Highway 417 intersection, with free parking and access to bus transportation to anywhere serviced by OC Transpo.
Kanata is rich in history and scenic splendor. The name "Kanata" originates from a Huron-Iroquois word meaning "meeting place" or "come together". The overall community design philosophy in Kanata emphasizes the compatible 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.
In a setting that actively fosters business opportunities, it is not surprising that Kanata is one of the fastest growing cities within the region. In fact, income and educational levels of Kanata residents are above the Regional and Provincial Standards.
In addition to our clean, convenient shopping malls and boutiques, the professional and hi-tech businesses also enjoy the unique selection of three major business campuses. Our business communities: Terry Fox, Kanata North and Kanata South Business Parks, are all within 5 minutes of the Queen's Highway system giving you immediate access to your waiting customers.
A Brief History
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 current location at 580 Terry Fox Drive.
Today, Kanata is a thriving community of approximately 55,000 residents, comprised of high technology companies, manufacturing and industrial firms and from small to large commercial establishments. With amalgamation, Kanata has become part of the new City of Ottawa. While the future is not entirely clear, it is certain that Kanata will make all efforts to keep its unique and exceptional identity as the municipality of choice.