Marnie Bennett knows Kanata
Like the Back of Her Hand!

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That’s because she had a hand in its design.

An established real estate expert with an unusual breadth of industry experience, Marnie Bennett has always been an innovator – whether in her capacity as a marketer, builder, sales professional or investment guru. Early in the 1990s, she was given the opportunity to make a difference in what was then an under-developed area of the Ottawa region: the community of Kanata.

When she first began collaboration on a new vision for the community, the now upscale neighbourhood of Kanata Lakes consisted of a single street. “You had to turn your car around at the end of Knudson Drive, or you’d drive straight into a rock wall,” she reminisces.

Nonetheless, Marnie was struck by the beauty of the natural rock outcroppings in the area. “This area had so much potential to be the home for wonderful neighbourhoods,” she says. Working alongside Genstar Developments, Marnie was instrumental in the design of Kanata Lakes Village – home today to over 4000 residents.

On top of her contributions to the overall development concept of Kanata Lakes (including the dramatic expansion of the Kanata Golf Course), Marnie’s input extended to architectural design and interior layout of the homes themselves. She recruited each of the builders involved in the master-planned project, among them Domicile, Oak Leaf, Chello, Braebury, Cardel, Richcraft, Tartan and Maple Mountain.

Marnie then went on to work with Phoenix Homes to launch two immensely successful Kanata projects: Heritage Hills and Tweedsmuir on the Park. “I’m particularly proud of helping to put that beautiful adult lifestyle community on the map,” she says today.

In short, Marnie’s helped Kanata come of age. And she has the kind of emotional attachment and in-depth, insider knowledge that come along with that experience. “It’s been wonderful to have helped this community reach its potential; and it’s so rewarding to help it continue to thrive. I love this place, and the people in it.”

No one knows Kanata like Marnie Bennett.

Located west of Greenbelt, Kanata is a suburban area and is considered as one of the largest communities surrounding central Ottawa. Kanata is known for its mix of commercial and dense residential properties together with vast amounts of open spaces for people to explore. Kanata is known for being the home of several high-tech companies and includes communities like Glen Cairn, Hazeldean, Beaverbrook, Bridlewood, Morgan’s Grant, Kanata Lakes and Katimavik.

Within Kanata Lakes you’ll find the the Canadian Tire Centre (formerly Scotiabank Place), home to the Ottawa Senators NHL team and the Kanata Lakes Golf and Country Club along with the Bell Senseplex which includes an indoor soccer field and a massive 4 ice rinks. Apart from that you’ll find Kanata’s Movie theatre, which boasts of being the largest movie theatre in Ottawa.

North of Kanata, in Beaverbrook you’ll find a much softer and quieter part of Kanata. Known as one of the oldest area in Kanata, its beautiful park, community facilities and charming hedge lined homes are what attract people to reside there. And towards the South you’ll find amazing subdivisions of Glen Cairn, Emerald Meadows, Katimavik, Hazeldean and BridleWood all of which have a lot of facilities for visitors and residents alike.

In Kanata you’ll find that there’s excellent public transit service and within the area you’ll find various conveniently located bus stops as well as major hubs.

Kanata Housing

The housing options in Kanata include town homes, rentals and single family homes. The price range for condos are as low as $174,000 up to $348,000, whereas the sales price for houses range from as low as $240,000 and can go up to $820,000.

Kanata Jobs and Employment

As one of Canada’s vibrant technology hubs and the Silicon Valley North, Kanata North has long been recognized as a hotbed of technology innovation. The birthplace of game-changing companies such as Mitel, and Newbridge Networks, the area continues to support 100s of creative technology companies within a specially-designed business park area that can support companies ranging in size from 2 employees to 5,000. The area also features a rich eco-system of retail and business services so that residents and companies can get the support that they need.

As a result of this focus, Kanata North boasts a high percentage of young, highly-educated people who choose to take advantage of the many career-growth options presented in Kanata North. These same people also see Kanata North as an ideal place to raise families. The area has among the best schools in the city, a new recreation complex, hiking and biking trails, easy access to everything from downtown Ottawa to provincial parks and a reputation for safety.

Is Kanata A Safe Neighbourhood?

Kanata and many other Ottawa neighbourhoods are ranked consistently according to • Affordability of living • Quality of Life • Amazing Local Festivities • Local economy • Outstanding Recreational facilities • Renowned Educational centres • And in general complete liveability

Kanata Schools


  • Castlefrank Elementary School
  • Roch Carrier Elementary School
  • Kanata Academy Private School
  • South March Public School
  • W O Mitchell Elementary School
  • Bridlewood Community Elementary
  • Glen Cairn Public School
  • Jack Donohue Public School
  • John Young Elementary School
  • Katimavik Elementary School
  • Stephen Leacock Public
  • Kanata Montessori School
  • Kanata Academy
  • St Anne Catholic School

Secondary Schools

  • A.Y. Jackson Secondary School
  • All Saints High School
  • Earl of March Secondary School
  • W. Erskine Johnston Public School

Kanata Activities

What to do When Kanata is Your Home

If you believe in an active lifestyle then Kanata is the perfect place for you. The choices for you are endless. If you’re there during the winter, be sure to take your family to Kanata’s Recreation Complex, a perfect place to have some real family fun with ice skating and sliding down a toboggan hill. In the summer kids can enjoy a splash pad with fountains, along with a play structure. Canada Day celebrations including fireworks are also held here annually.

Another dreamy destination to be at when in Kanata is the Bell Senseplex located at 1565 Maple Grove Road. This complex has it all, from an indoor soccer field, to licensed restaurants and is the new location of iPlay.

If you’re more of a summer person, then worry not, Kanata has the Kanata Leisure Centre where you can hit the wave pool, and if you’re an NHL fan you’re in for a treat since most of the sports action takes place at Canadian Tire Centre (formerly Scotiabank Place), home of hockey's Ottawa Senators.

Development in Kanata

Kanata was mainly an agricultural based location, till the 1960’s when commercial development took over and designed a complete rural land with modeled 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. Marnie Bennett, from the Bennett Property Shop Realty held an important role in the design, development and marketing for Kanata.

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