Bridlewood is located east of Eagleson Road, south and west of the National Capital Commission Greenbelt, and north of Hope Side Road. This community is located in the southeast part of the former city of Kanata and is 12 KM from the boundary of pre-amalgamation Ottawa proper.
Bridlewood began to develop as a residential area in the 1980s. Previous to that, the land was used for agricultural purposes. William Teron spurred development with his purchase of agricultural land in order to create a model community that subsequently evolved into Kanata.
Most of the land that became Bridlewood was originally part of the Deevy farm. The farmhouse and barn remained in the centre of the community just off Equestrian Drive until it was demolished in 2013.
In the early 1970s, Ontario Hydro installed a hydro line corridor through what would become the community, and in 1989 the voltage of the hydro lines was increased from 230 to 500 kV. The Bridlewood Residents Hydro Line Committee (now defunct) opposed this change, citing concerns for children's health when exposed to electromagnetic radiation. The BRHLC struggle received national media attention, including by CTV's W5 and CBC's The Journal.
According to the Canada 2006 Census, there were 19,167 people living in Bridlewood. The 2011 Census reported 21,247 people living in Bridlewood.
The Bridlewood Community Association (BCA) serves not only Bridlewood but the adjacent community of Emerald Meadows. The BCA deals with various community matters including sports, outdoor hockey rinks, garage sales, safety and security, business networking, traffic volume concerns, and developer and zoning activity.
For several years, the neighborhood has been plagued by a significant traffic congestion problem, particularly on the main street, Stonehaven Drive, which bore the vast majority of the traffic getting out onto Eagleson Road to the west and Richmond Road to the east. Due to the presence of four schools along Stonehaven Drive, that Richmond Road is two-lanes wide (though planned to be widened to four lanes in the future), the lack of other streets exiting the community, the street layouts which consists numerous crescent-shaped streets and connectors all funneling onto Stonehaven as well as a higher population density, commuters often took as much as 45 minutes to exit the community during morning rush hour. 
Sports participation is significant in Bridlewood. The BCA estimates participance of over 800 children for the 2007 soccer program. Bridlewood is a community participant in the True Sport movement, which is a Canadian program espousing goals of ensuring positive and meaningful experiences for sport participants.
There are six elementary schools in this area:
- W.O. Mitchell Elementary School
- Bridlewood Community Elementary School
- Roch Carrier Elementary School
- St. James Catholic School
- St. Anne Catholic School
- Elizabeth Bruyere Catholic School
New public French language elementary school "École élémentaire publique Kanata-Sud" will be opened in September 2010.
Community shopping plazas
There are three strip malls in this community:
Located at 701 Eagleson Road.
- Bridlewood Animal Hospital
- Mojo Fresh
- Hair Tech (Hair Salon) Formerly known as Hair Tech 2000
- Kanata Music Academy
Located at 700 Eagleson Rd.
- Beer Store
- Bridlewood Chiropractic and Massage Therapy
- Bridlewood Home Hardware
- Domino's Pizza
- First Choice Haircutters
- Goodlife Fitness (opening September 2013)
- Heavenly Spa
- Kanata Dental Centre
- Rogers Plus
- Shoppers Drug Mart
- Starbucks Coffee
- TD Canada Trust
- Wild Wing
- Black Belt Excellence Martial Arts
- Bridlewood Medical Centre
- Mac's Milk
- Gabriel Pizza and Italian Restaurant
- The Works (Gourmet Burger Bistro)
- Broadway Bar and Grill
- Tiny Hoppers
- Snap Fitness
- Bridlewood Community Association, accessed 12 November 2006