Stittsville A Brief History
First settled in 1824, Stittsville in its early days was nothing but vast wetlands and swamps, and developed over time into a farming community that was based upon the area’s rich and fertile soil. The area was named after Jackson Stitt – a man who was not only Stittsville’s first postmaster and the one to own the most land in the area, but who was responsible for raising the town in the early 1950s. The town’s site was originally located at the intersection of Carp Road and Hazeldean Road, and was comprised of a few homes, a small inn, a local general store and a post office.
Stittsville’s location changed, however, after the Great Carleton Fire ravaged the area in 1870. The fire burned for nearly a week, swallowing over 250,000 acres of land throughout Ottawa, Carleton Place and Smiths Falls, leaving the area in utter devastation. Once regrowth began happening later that decade, the community was rebuilt two kilometers south of its original location, which is where it remains today. What started out as a sleepy outpost town comprised of little more than a train station, grain elevators, and a few hotels became a full-fledged village in 1961, offering residents all sorts of local businesses and services.
The quiet farming community of Stittsville, which at one time was home to fewer than 500 residents, quickly became a busier, bustling town after Highway 417 was extended in the 1970s and residents were able to travel to and from Ottawa with ease; and the expansion of Ottawa’s high tech industry facilitated rapid growth and development throughout Stittsville, increasing its population steadily and turning it into the vibrant suburb that it is today.
As Stittsville is located just a stone’s throw from bustling communities in neighbouring areas of Kanata and Ottawa’s downtown core, Stittsville residents have a world of fantastic local resources and amenities right at their fingertips. Ranging from great opportunities for shopping and recreation to all kinds of churches, local schools and top-quality public transit services, Stittsville is today a vibrant and charming town with much to offer its residents and visitors alike.
Within Stittsville’s borders you’ll find a variety of public and Catholic schools; all kinds of local health resources in the way of various medical clinics, pharmacies and dentists; and a wealth of recreational opportunities throughout Stittsville’s Goulbourn Recreation Complex, baseball diamonds, sports fields, arenas, local youth centre, public parks and trails and so much more. Residents can also take advantage of the area’s great shopping along Stittsville Main Street, Hazeldean Road with the Grant Crossing Shopping Center. Tanger Outlets with over 80 stores is also a short drive or bus ride away.
Ottawa’s OC Transpo bus lines provide Stittsville residents with efficient, affordable and convenient public transit and park & ride services; with the help of its plethora of local bus routes, OC Transpo provides all those in the Stittsville area with the ability to travel seamlessly throughout the neighbourhood and the greater Ottawa area.
While the Stittsville area was for many years a small, quiet farming community, its growth has been steady since its conception. From 1899 to the mid-1950s, Stittsville had only grown from a population of 205 to roughly 500; however, once Ottawa’s high tech sector began its rapid development, Stittsville grew to nearly 10,000 residents by 1993 and today there is just over 12,000 households and 35,000 residents in 2017.
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