Bridlewood is nestled east of Eagleson and surrounded on two sides by the Stony Swamp Conservation Area & National Capital Commission Green Belt which extends east all the way to Bells Corners.
A portion of the development extends northwest of the Trans-Canada Trail recreational path. The main street through this development is Stonehaven Dr which curves in an "S" shape to connect Eagleson Rd to Richmond Rd. The neighbourhood is still under development in the Emerald Meadows southern portion, with several residential projects underway. Bridlewood is actually closer to Bells Corners to its east than Kanata to the north.
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..
The early 1970s, high voltage Ontario Hydro line runs through the community, with community associations watching closely for any impacts of electromagnetic radiation on the neighbourhood.
There are about 20,000 people living in Bridlewood, of whom 69% are unilingual English, and 29% are bilingual.
Bridlewood-Emerald Meadows is a new neighbourhood, with just a few dwellings pre-dating 1960, and only 12% constructed between 1961 and 1985, 18% built between 1986 and 1990, 25% built 1991 - 1995, another 25% built 1996 - 2000, and 19% after 2001.
Bridlewood-Emerald Meadows has 6,200 dwellings, of which 62% were single family, 3% are semi-detached, 33% are row houses, and 3% were low-rise apartments (under 5 stories). The great majority (94%) of residents own their homes and only 6% rent.
There are seven elementary schools in this area, three public English, one public French, and three Catholic schools. Kanata's oldest high schools A. Y. Jackson Secondary School is across Eagleson Rd, and Catholic high school students attend Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Katimavik to the north.
With such close proximity to both Kanata and Bells Corners and their large shopping clusters, this community is quiet. There are three strip malls in this community, and along Eagleson Rd are the Hazeldean Mall and First City Shopping Centre (in the Kanata South Business Park). Not far away is the Kanata Centrum power centre, one of Ottawa's largest shopping centers.
The community has lots of parks and forested areas, and has the Trans-Canada Trail, connecting into downtown Ottawa, and east & west to other parts of Canada. Nearby in Glen Cairn Park is an indoor pool, racquet courts, and public library, and there is a running track beside AY Jackson High School. The east edge of the neighbourhood adjoins the Stony Swamp Conservation Area which extends east all the way to Bells Corners.