Katimavik-Hazeldean eighbourhoods of Ottawa-Gatineau
Katimavik-Hazeldean is the Kanata neighbourhood between the Queensay/417 and Hazeldean Rd, west of Eagleson Rd. to the west is Walter Baker Park along the Carp River.
The area was heavily agricultural until the 1960s, when Bill Teron, a developer and urban planner bought 4000 acres of rural land and began to build his interpretation of a model community. The development grew to encompass several neighbourhoods and plans for industrial development. By 1978, Kanata was formally incorporated as a city, and continued to expand and by the late 1990s Kanata had become a hub for technology companies..
In the early 1970s, Campeau Corporation started development along Chimo Drive neighbourhood west of Castlefrank, based on Teron's garden-city style in Beaverbrook, on the opposite side of the highway. Homes here have earth-toned exteriors, low-pitch roofs, globe-style lawn lamps, and no sidewalks. Other developers followed Campeau's lead, progressively developing the area west of Castlefrank Road and the area between Kakulu and Hazeldean roads into the 1980s and 1990s. The area between Katimavik Road and the Queensway highway is zoned medium- and high-density residential, and includes several townhouse and detached-home developments built over the 1990s.
Since the late 1980s, the area along the Queensway between Terry Fox Drive and the Carp River has developed into the Terry Fox Business Park, and west of the Carp River is the Scotiabank Center NHL hockey arena, home to the Ottawa Senators. South of Maple Grove Rd is Walter Baker Park, with the Kanata Recreation Centre (a large multi-use sports facility) and the Ron Maslin Playhouse.
This neighbourhood has excellent access to the Queensway/417 with three exits at Eagleson Road, Castlefrank Road/Kanata Avenue (with a commuter-friendly eastbound on-ramp and a westbound off-ramp), and at Terry Fox Drive. OC Transpo provides Transitway service along Katimavik Road and with the Eagleson Park & Ride, as well as Route 62 Downtown Express service (in rush hour).
Katimavik-Hazeldean has 15,000 residents, of whom 71% are unilingual English, and 28% are bilingual.
Katimavik-Hazeldean is a relatively new neighbourhood, with 1% of homes pre-dating 197s, 22% were built between 1971 and 1980, the largest number (45%) were built between 1981 and 1990, 17% built 1991 - 2000, and 14% were built after 2001.
Katimavik-Hazeldean has about 5,000 dwellings, of whome 42% are single family, 3% are semi-detached, 41% are row houses, 7.5% are high-rise apartments (over 5 stories), and 7% were low-rise apartments. The largest number of residents (83%) of residents own their homes, while 17% of residents rent.
This neighbourhood is served by four elementary schools: Katimavik Elementary School (English public, French-immersion), Castlefrank Elementary School (English public), Holy Redeemer (English Catholic), and Roger-Saint-Denis (French Catholic), and the Holy Trinity Catholic High School. Public school students attend the nearby A.Y. Jackson High School, to the south.
Along the northern edge of the neighbourhood is the Kanata Centrum, Kanata Town Centre, and along the southern edge is Hazeldean Mall, with additional shopping and restaurants along Hazeldean Road and Terry Fox Drive.
The community has several large open and wooded areas, connected by a network of recreational pathways. Along the Queensway is the Kanata Leisure Complex (with wave pool), and to the west is Walter Baker Park with a toboggan hill, and the Kanata Recreation Complex (ice arena). Seasonally, there is also an outdoor public pool and wading pool and an outdoor rink. There is also the Mlacak Arena (to the north, in Beaverbrook), Jack Charron Arena (to the south, in Glen Cairn), and the NCC Greenbelt to the east.