Neighbourhood Highlight: Kanata North – Morgan’s Grant, Shirley’s Brook, Rural Kanata & More


Published April 05, 2024

Last edited April 08, 2024


Kanata North encompasses a number of different suburban areas including Morgan’s Grant, Shirley’s Brook, rural Kanata and other new developments as well. The area is an important one to the development of Ottawa as a whole as it holds the “Hi-Tech Corridor” for which Ottawa is so well known, particularly in the late 90s and early 2000s. 

Running along March Road, north of the Queensway is access to all of these residential neighbourhoods. They are culturally diverse, with many schools, amenities and greenspaces to offer. 

Just west of Morgan’s Grant, for example, are the South March Highlands – a large conservation area filled with trails for biking, hiking, cross country skiing and more. Families and young professionals love this access to the outdoors so much. This area also gives you great access to the Ottawa riverfront with a short drive down Carling Avenue to Andrew Haydon Park or you can access the river from nearby Dunrobin and Constance Bay. Down March Road, the charming village of Carp is easily accessible and using Terry Fox you can access the rest of Kanata within 5 minutes. The neighbourhood really is one of the most conveniently located spots in the west end. 

Access to commute routes of Carling Avenue (to Westboro, Britannia and more), the 417 west and east bound are all easily accessible. The area is also served very well by OC Transpo and Eagleson Park & Ride is located right at the Queensway entrance. 

The schools in the area provide a diverse selection to choose from in both boards and languages. 

Public Board:

  • Jack Donohue Public School
  • South March Public School
  • Stephen Leacock Elementary and Intermediate School
  • West Carleton Secondary School
  • Earl of March Intermediate School

Catholic Board:

  • St. Isabel Catholic School
  • St. Isadore Catholic School
  • All Saints Intermediate School
  • All Saints High School


  • École élémentaire publique Grande-Ourse

  • March Academy

Parks and greenspaces fill the area – from playgrounds to soccer pitches and baseball diamonds, tennis courts, skate parks, splash pads, community gardens – you have access to all your family will need to be entertained!

Amenities abound from restaurants, takeout spots, fitness centres, shopping, salons, community centres, movie theatre, cultural centers and more! 


Demographics and Statistics

Now for some demographic information. The population of Kanata North is approximately 25,000 people and this is spread over all of the differing neighbourhoods. The majority of homeowners are married with children, with young professionals coming in afterwards. The majority of residents are in the age range between 30 and 54 with 75% of residents employed outside of the home. Not surprisingly the main profession is Information Sciences which makes sense due to the proximity of the hi-tech companies. 67% of residents have post secondary education and the average household income for the community is $181,678 – well above the city average. The area is a culturally diverse one with residents coming from many different backgrounds. 

The majority of homes are owned with about 8% of them being rentals. The vast majority, 80%, are single detached homes with townhomes and semi-detached coming in behind. 99% of the houses were built between 1991 and 2010 which is in line with the economic hi-tech boom of the same decades. You have a mix of very suburban style neighbourhoods with homes with average size lots as well as neighbourhoods that are slightly more rural with larger lots and larger homes. 

Do you live in the Kanata North? What is your favourite thing about the area and which neighbourhood do you live in? Let us know in the comments below!

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