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Stittsville is a suburban community in the western part of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. A part of the National Capital Region, Stittsville is located immediately to the south-west of Kanata, and about 31 km (19 mi) from downtown Ottawa.
The first settlers to the area were Irish soldiers, arriving in the 1820s. The town itself was born in the 1850s by Jackson Stitt, for whom the town is named; he was also the first postmaster in the area.
The original town site, now known as "Old Stittsville", was located at the present intersection of Carp Road and Hazeldean Road. It was a small crossroads, consisting of a few houses, a small inn, and a general store and post office, which was owned by Jackson Stitt.
The Great Carleton Fire of 1870 devastated the community, destroying nearly everything. The Hartin House and a handful of other buildings were all that was left standing. This was an extremely large fire, encompassing over 250,000 acres (1,010 km2) from Ottawa to Smiths Falls to Carleton Place.
The regrowth of Stittsville did not occur until the 1870s, when Canadian Pacific built a railway line connecting Ottawa to the booming lumber town of Carleton Place. The new town would be located at the current intersection of Abbott Street and Main Street. A train station, grist mill, grain elevators, and several hotels were just some of the features of this sleepy outpost town. The hamlet of Ashton (12 km to the west) also attributes its beginning to the railway line. In 1989, the tracks were removed, and CP Rail donated the land to be used as part of the Trans-Canada Trail.
Stittsville was incorporated as a police village in 1956, and became a full village in 1961. In 1974 it was amalgamated into Goulbourn Township. In 2001 Goulbourn was amalgamated into the City of Ottawa.
Since the extension of the Queensway in the 1970s made travel from Ottawa quicker and easier, Stittsville has experienced rapid growth; it transformed from a quiet farming community of under 500 people to a suburb of 20,000, in just over 25 years. Many residents are employed in Ottawa's high-tech industry or the federal government. Further growth is expected in the near future with the development of neighborhoods such as Jackson Trails and Kanata West to its north, Fernbank to its east and south and West Ridge to its west. In the next 10 to 20 years, Stittsville's population is expected to exceed 30,000.
The community is home to many elementary schools including public, Catholic and French Catholic schools. The high school with the largest attendance regionally is Sacred Heart High School, also located in Stittsville. Public high school students in this area go to South Carleton High School in Richmond. It is home to two indoor hockey rinks, an indoor public pool, a public library, and the Amberwood Golf and Country Club. Stittsville News EMC, Stittsville's local newspaper, was formed in 2011 from the merger of two former local papers, The Stittsville News and Stittsville EMC.
Stittsville Public School, an elementary school originally located on Stittsville Main Street, has had a series of expansions to accommodate the growth in population. The school opened as a two-room, one-story building, and was eventually expanded to a two-story building with about fourteen classrooms. At the start of the 2005–2006 school year, Stittsville Public School, including staff and students, was moved to a new two-story building with over twenty classrooms and now 13 portables at 40 Granite Ridge Drive.
Stittsville is also the home of the Stittsville Minor Hockey Rams, as well the Stittsville RAMS competitive hockey association.
The 1st Stittsville Scout Group is one of the largest in Canada (between 250 - 300 members) in recent years. The Group provides community services such as Food Drives and Spring Clean-up for the benefit of Stittsville residents.
In 1956, Stittsville men's fast-pitch softball team won the Ontario provincial tournament. To this day, men's fastball teams in Stittsville are known as the "Stittsville 56'ers" in honour of the 1956 provincial victory.
Stittsville residents travel to Kanata and downtown Ottawa via Provincial Highway 417 and Ottawa's OC Transpo urban transit buses.
In overwhelming response for more diverse shopping availability, an immense amount of big-box stores have been erected along Hazeldean Road from Terry Fox Rd travelling west into Stittsville to Carp Road and along Carp Road where the Timbermere subdivision is located effectively relocating the Beer Store from its former location at Crossing Bridge Plaza to a much larger building at the Timbermere subdivision. The LCBO also built a store double the size of the prior location at Crossing Bridge Plaza which is now located in the Jackson Trails location.
The Goublourn Sea Hawks are an accomplished Swim Team in Stittsville, who are currently without a home pool due to mold issues at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.
- Canada 2011 Census Data (combining Census Tracts 5050151.06, 5050151.04, 5050151.05, 5050151.08, 5050151.07)
- "Stittsville and Area". Goulbourn Historical Society. Retrieved 2011-01-16.