Ottawa And Area Neighbourhoods
Stittsville is a suburban community located on the western end of the City of Ottawa about 31 kms from downtown. It has all the advantages of a major urban centre, but proudly retains its village character. People are attracted to Stittsville because they can raise their family in a friendly, vibrant community while being close to all the services of the City.
The first settlers to this area were Irish soldiers, arriving in the 1820’s. The original town site, now known as "Old Stittsville" was a small crossroads, consisting of a few houses, a small inn, a general store and post office, owned by Jackson Stitt. Stittsville remained a small farming community serving the local area for many years. The Great Carleton Fire of 1870 devastated the community, destroying nearly everything. The Hartin House (now a day spa), and a handful of other buildings were all that was left standing. This was an extremely large fire, encompassing over 250,000 acres. The regrowth of Stittsville did not occur until the 1870s, when Canadian Pacific built a railway line. A train station, grist mill, grain elevators, and several hotels were just some of the features of this sleepy outpost town. In 1989, the tracks were removed, and CP Rail donated the land to be used as part of the Trans-Canada Trail.
By 1899 the population was only 205 and by the mid-1950’s had only reached about 500. Stittsville was incorporated as a police village in 1956, and became a full village in 1961 then amalgamated into the City of Ottawa in 2001. The extension of the Queensway in the 1970s made travel from Ottawa quicker and easier, and Stittsville experienced rapid growth; it transformed from a quiet farming community of under 500 people to a suburb of 20,000, in just 25 years. Many residents are employed in Ottawa's high-tech industry (located 5 minutes away in Kanata) or the federal government. In the next few years, Stittsville's population is expected to exceed 30,000.
Stittsville is a equal mixture of urban and rural, modern and antiquated, large and small, old and new and while it maintains it’s small town appeal, offers up all the amenities a modern family demands. Anything not instantly available in town, like a wave pool or movie theatres is only moments away in Kanata, along with Scotia Bank Place, home of the Ottawa Senators and the venue for all large scale shows and events in Ottawa. A competitive dirt bike/snowmobile race course and stock car race track can be found just west of the town.
The community is home to many elementary schools including Public, Catholic and French Catholic schools as well as a Co-operative Nursery School and Waldorf School. It houses two indoor hockey rinks, a recreation complex, community centre, public library, basketball, softball, soccer and hockey associations. The community is fully serviced by OC Transpo urban transit buses. Amberwood Golf and Country Club, located just outside the village, offers rural-chic lifestyle bungalows situated around the rambling 18 hole public golf course, and is famous for its “Nine & Dine’ nights.
Stittsville has been growing with the times, and although the population and supporting services have increased enormously in recent years, it remains a village in spirit and a community of caring people.