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Stittsville is located in Ottawa
Location in Ottawa
Coordinates: 45°16′N 75°55′W / 45.267°N 75.917°W / 45.267; -75.917
Country Canada
Province Ontario
CityFlag of Ottawa, Ontario.svg Ottawa
 • MayorJim Watson
 • City CouncillorGlen Gower
 • Member of ParliamentPierre Poilievre
 • Member of Provincial ParliamentGoldie Ghamari
 • Total7.74 km2 (2.99 sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code FSA
Area code(s)613, 343

Stittsville is a suburban community, part of the Canadian capital of Ottawa, Ontario. It is within the former Goulbourn Township. A part of the National Capital Region, Stittsville is immediately to the southwest of Kanata, and about 31 km (19 mi) west of Downtown Ottawa. The urban part of the community corresponds to Stittsville Ward on Ottawa City Council. Three school boards are represented in the area: Ottawa Catholic School Board, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and Centre-East French Catholic School Board; Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Frederick Banting Secondary Alternate Program[2] and École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais[3] are the high schools.


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.[4]

By 1866, Stittsville was a post village with a population of 100, situated in the township of Goulbourn. The village contained one general store, one common school, with an average attendance of seventeen pupils. The Loyal Orange Lodge, No. 210, met in Orange Hall, on the first Thursday in each month. The citizens included John S Argue, general merchant and postmaster.[5]

The Great Carleton Fire of 1870 devastated the community, destroying nearly everything. Kemp's Tavern on Hazeldean road, built in 1868, which now houses "Cabotto's Restaurant" and a handful of other buildings were all that was left standing. This was an extremely large fire, encompassing over 250,000 acres (1,000 km2)[citation needed] from Ottawa to Smiths Falls to Carleton Place.[4]


Stittsville's community newspaper is "The Stittsville & Richmond Community Voice" which is distributed every second week by Canada Post. This newspaper was started in August 2019. It was formerly served by the weekly Stittsville News published by Metroland Media; its 2015 circulation was about 13,446. It was closed in January 2019 after being sold to Postmedia.[6][7]

Stittsville was featured as one of the filming locations for the 1988 CBC TV Movie "The Bobby Gimby Story".[8][better source needed]

The television series "Stittsville on Patrol" was created by Christopher Redmond and stars "local Twitter hero" Ben Milks (aka bRian5or6).[9] The show premiered in January 2021 to the highest ratings in Bell Fibe TV1 history.[10] The series was renewed for a second season and is scheduled to air in September 2021.[11]

Notable residents[edit]



  1. ^ "Current population and household estimates (2019, by ward)". City of Ottawa. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  2. ^ "Frederick Banting Secondary Alternate Program". Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  3. ^ "École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais" (in French). Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Stittsville and Area". Goulbourn Historical Society. Archived from the original on July 27, 2007.
  5. ^ Ottawa City and counties of Carleton and Russell Directory, 1866-7
  6. ^[bare URL PDF]
  7. ^ Postmedia to close community papers
  8. ^ "The Bobby Gimby Story (TV Movie 1988) - IMDb".
  9. ^ "Stittsville On Patrol: Local Twitter hero teams up with Ottawa director for new TV comedy". ottawacitizen. Retrieved 2021-05-11.
  10. ^ Knoops, Lillian. "Stittsville on Patrol: The patrol will continue with season 2". Stittsville Central - Local News, Events and Business. Retrieved 2021-05-11.
  11. ^ "Stittsville on Patrol renewed for second season". Ottawa Magazine. 2021-04-15. Retrieved 2021-05-11.

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Coordinates: 45°15.5′N 75°55.5′W / 45.2583°N 75.9250°W / 45.2583; -75.9250