As we pack up boxes, I can’t help but think about the things I’ll miss in Kanata North. When I moved here almost 5 years ago, it was absolutely the right move. I was newly separated and on my own. My daughter was away training and going to school. I moved clear across town to the West end because I needed to get away.

My brand new condo was clean, fresh, and modern, and just the right size for me. It had underground parking and I didn’t have to worry about shovelling snow, cutting grass, or taking care of a yard.

Reflecting back

As I reflect back, the first thing I’m going to miss is the clear view of the sky. I remember marvelling at the beautiful sunsets when I first moved in and they still take my breath away. I guess I never had such a view before. The city was always in the way.

Things I'll miss... by Colleen Kanna, Photo of sunset in Kanata with yellow, orange, pink and purple sky

Sunset in Kanata North

I’ll miss the lovely walking paths through wooded areas and parks. I know Oliver will too.

Things I'll miss...by Colleen Kanna, Photo of Oliver on a wooden walking trail in Kanata North

Walking on a wooded trail

Photo of Oliver standing on the grass in the park looking toward the water with trees turning colour in the background.

One of the many parks in Kanata North

We’ll miss seeing the birds at the Carp River Conservation Area right across the street. However, I won’t miss the mosquitos.

Birds on the Carp River Conservation Area Wetland

Carp River Conservation Area Wetland

The Richardson Side Road hill will no longer be a daily jaunt. It was good exercise and the view from the top always made me sigh with pleasure.

Things I'll miss...by Colleen Kanna, Photo of Oliver walking up the Richardson Side Hill in the snow

Hiking up the Richardson Side Road hill

The Morning Owl Coffee House will be sorely missed. I know there are other locations throughout the city, but the Kanata location is my favourite with its bright and airy feel and delicious menu.

I’ll miss our great neighbours, always friendly and helpful, and full of affection for my daughter and Ollie.

And because we’re moving in the middle of winter, I admit I’m going to miss the heated underground parking. Our new home has a garage but it’s not heated. I know…boohoo for me.

Looking ahead

At the same time, I’m looking forward to all the discoveries and wonders in our new neighbourhood. Even though I’m familiar with the south end of the city having previously lived in Riverside South, it will be fun to explore the neighbourhood of Sawmill Creek. We’ll get to know our new neighbours and find a new favourite cafe.

So I bid a fond farewell to my condo and Kanata North. Thank you for taking care of me when I needed it.

Until next time,

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna

I’m a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support local breast cancer organizations who treat the whole person and not just the disease.