Stittsville, Ontario

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This article is about the community. For the 1960 album by Sonny Stitt, see Stittsville (album).
Skyline of Stittsville
Country Canada
Province Ontario
City Ottawa
 • Total 7.74 km2 (2.99 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1] 26,807

Stittsville is a suburban community, part of the City of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 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.


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.[2]

The original town site, now known as "Old Stittsville", was 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.

By 1866, Stittsville was a post village with a population of 100, situated in the township of Goulborne. 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.[3]

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 (1,000 km2)[citation needed] from Ottawa to Smiths Falls to Carleton Place.[2]

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 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


Stittsville Public School, an elementary school originally 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 home to 7 other schools. Frederic Banting Secondary Alternate Program and Sacred heart Catholic High School are the 2 secondary schools. The elementary schools are, A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School, Holy Sprit Catholic School, Guardian Angels Catholic School and École Élémentaire Catholique Saint-Jean-Paul II, the ladder three being of the catholic school board.

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.[citation needed]

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, effectively moving the Beer Store from Crossing Bridge Plaza to a much larger building at the Timbermere subdivision. In Jackson Trails, the LCBO also built a store double the size of its predecessor at Crossing Bridge Plaza.

The Goulbourn 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.

Following the first rhythmic gymnastics club, Olympia Gymnastics, the first artistic gymnastics and recreational centre in the area was founded in 2005 on Iber Rd.


Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Canada 2011 Census Data (combining Census Tracts 5050151.06, 5050151.04, 5050151.05, 5050151.08, 5050151.07)
  2. ^ a b "Stittsville and Area". Goulbourn Historical Society. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
  3. ^ Ottawa City and counties of Carleton and Russell Directory, 1866-7

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