|Current Councillor:||Marianne Wilkinson|
Kanata Lakes is a neighbourhood officially referred to as Marchwood-Lakeside within the northern section of Kanata and is part of Ward 4 of the City of Ottawa, also called Kanata North. It is located north of highway 417, west of Beaverbrook, east of Terry Fox Drive, and south of Morgan's Grant. Kanata Lakes' main street is Kanata Avenue, which runs over the 417 into the neighbournoods of Katimavik and Glen Cairn where it becomes Castlefrank Road. Kanata Avenue has four major side roads: Knudson Drive, Walden Drive, Goldridge Drive, Goulbourn Forced Road and Campeau Drive. The current councillor for Ward 4 is Marianne Wilkinson.
Kanata Lakes is located about 22 km (14 mi) west-southwest of Downtown Ottawa along Highway 417. Latitude of 45°18' North and a longitude of 75°55' West, and an area of 139 square kilometers. It is part of the Ottawa Valley.
The area that is today Kanata Lakes 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. It remained mainly agricultural until the 1960s when it became the site of heavy development. Modern Kanata is largely the creation of Bill Teron, a developer and urban planner who purchased 4,000 acres (16 km2) of rural land and set about building a model community. The lands around the Kanata golf course formed the initial core of Kanata Lakes when it was developed years later.
Currently the KNL consortium, consisting of Urbandale and Richcraft, are clear-cutting two square kilometres of the Beaver Pond Forest to facilitate further development of Kanata Lakes.
Notable buildings and institutions
- The Kanata Centrum power centre; together with adjacent developments, Ottawa's third largest shopping centre.
- AMC Kanata 24 Theatres, the largest movie theatre in Ottawa.
Kanata Lakes has several sports associations with regular activities, the most visible being the large golf clubs (one of them right in the middle of the town), the sailing club and the bicycle club. There is also Kanata Soccer, March kanata Tennis club, the Kanata blazers' hockey and March Kanata figure skating club.
Arts groups in Kanata Lakes include the Kanata Symphony and Kanata Theatre.