Beaverbrook is south of the Kanata North Business Park and west of March Road to the east, and north of the Queensway/417 with Knudson Avenue & Weslock Way forming the western boundary with the March Lakes neighbourhood. Beaverbrook is named after Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook. Beaverbrook is the first and oldest neighbourhood in Kanata, and has mature community facilities (including the Kanata Recreation complex) and is known for its hedged homes.
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.
Beaverbrook has about 5,000 residents, who are 72% unilingual English, and 28% bilingual.
Beaverbrook is relatively new neighbourhood; with only w% of homes pre-dating 1960, 80% were constructed between 1961 and 1980, 12% built between 1981 and 1990, 6% built after 1991.
Beaverbrook has about 2,000 dwellings, of which 41% are single family, 3% are semi-detached, 39% are row houses, 13% are high-rise apartments (over 5 stories), and 5% were low-rise apartments. Most residents (76%) own their homes and 24% rent.
This neighbourhood as two public elementary schools and a Catholic elementary school, a public library, and high school students attend Earl of March Secondary School in the neighbourhood.
The Kanata Centrum power centre and adjacent retail developments are Ottawa's third largest shopping centre.
The area is dotted with parks including Lytle, Gow, Alice Wilson Woods, and Beaverbrook, and the Kanata Golf and Country club as well as the NCC Equestrian Park are just a few minutes away. The AMC Kanata Theatre complex, on the south end of the neighbourhood is the largest in all of Ottawa.