Kanata is one of the largest suburbs of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Located about 22 km (14 mi) west-southwest of the city's Downtown, Kanata has a population of 80,781 as of 2011 and is growing rapidly. Before it was amalgamated into Ottawa in 2001, it was one of the fastest growing cities in Canada and the fastest growing community in Eastern Ontario.
The area that is today Kanata was originally part of the Township of March, and was first settled by Europeans in the early nineteenth century. One site dating from this era is Pinhey's Point.
Modern Kanata is largely the creation of Bill Teron, a developer and urban planner who purchased over 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of rural land and set about building a model community. Unlike other suburbs, Kanata was designed to have a mix of densities and commercial and residential properties. The area was divided into a series of communities, each of which was intended to have their own commercial centres and unique cultures. These include Beaverbrook, Glen Cairn, Bridlewood, Katimavik, Hazeldean, Morgan's Grant, and Kanata Lakes.
All the shopping you can handle at Kanata Centrum with Movie theatres and some fantastic eating establishments such as Moxie's Grill & Bar, Don Cherries, Jack Astor's, Milestones and The Crazy Horse Steakhouse and Saloon.
There are also many top places to stay such as Country Inn and Suites, Brookstreet Hotel Ottawa, Comfort Inn Kanata and Holiday Inn and Suites while you are visiting.
Catch the latest NHL action or one of the many concerts and events as Kanata is home to the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Palladium Drive.
The South March Highlands Conservation Forest, Kanata Lakes Mountain Bike Trail and the Beaver Pond Park are greenbelt areas promoting fitness and nature. Many miles of bicycle and walking trails connecting Kanata with Ottawa including the Trans Canada Trail. Check out the maps on Ottawa's geo Ottawa website at http://maps.ottawa.ca/geoOttawa.