Stittsville, 31 km from downtown Ottawa, is located at the intersection of Hazeldean Road and Carp Road, which connected the villages of Richmond and Carp. Named for Jackson Stitt, the community's first postmaster, Stittsville has a vibrant local economy and is a charming residential community with 24,000 residents. The residents are 73% unilingual English, and 27% bilingual.
The first settlers to the area were Irish soldiers, arriving in the 1820s, and grew into a self-sufficient settlement by 1850. The first settlement was destroyed in a devastating fire in 1870 that consumed 250,000 acres (1,000 km2). When the Canadian Pacific built the railroad line from Ottawa to Carleton Place, the community was rebuilt around the new railway station, a mile to the south of the original settlement.
The new town would be located at the current intersection of Abbott Street and Main Street. The community attracted hotels, blacksmiths, a general store, a gristmill, grain elevators, and a post office. The original town site, now known as "Old Stittsville", is located at the present intersection of Carp Road and Hazeldean Road. In 1989, the tracks were removed, and CP Rail donated the land to become part of the Trans-Canada Trail.
Since the extension of the Queensway/417 in the 1970s made travel to/from Ottawa convenient, Stittsville began transforming from a 500-resident farming to a bedroom community of 20,000, in just over 25 years. Stittsville is popular with those employed in Ottawa's / Kanata's high-tech industry or the federal government.
The community has two industrial parks, providing local employment: the Ottawa Goulbourn Industrial Park east of town, and the West Carleton Stittsville Industrial Park north of the community, alongside the junction of the Queensway/417 and the #7 (the Trans-Canada Highway, southern route)
Stittsville neighborhoods include: Old Stittsville centered around Hazeldean Rd & Carp Rd, Amberwood Village, built around the Amberwood Country Club, between Hazeldean Rd and Abbott Street E, Fringewood is east of Sweetname Dr and adjoining the Ottawa Goulbourn Industrial Park, and >Stittsville South which is south of Abbot Street toward Fernbank Rd. Developers have also named some of their projects Amberlakes, Amberwood Village, Crossing Bridge Estates, Echo Woods, Elm Park Village, Granite Ridge, Jackson Trails, Johnwoods Area, Red Pine Estates, Stittsville North, Stittsville South, Timbermere, Upcountry, West Ridge, West Wind Farms, and Wyldewood.
Stittsville is a relatively new community, with only 6% of homes pre-dating 1960, 12% were built between 1961 and 1980, 30% built between 1981 and 1990, 36% built 1991 - 2000, and 14% built after 2001.
Of Stittsville's 5,200 dwellings, 77% are single family, 4% are semi-detached, 17% are row houses, and 2% are low-rise apartments (under 5 stories). The great majority (96%) of homes are owned, while 4% of residents rent their homes.
Further growth is expected in the near future with the development of neighborhoods such as Jackson Trails and Kanata West to the north-east, Fernbank to its east and south and West Ridge to its west. Over 10 to 20 years, Stittsville's population is expected to exceed 30,000.
Stittsville has two public elementary schools, a Catholic elementary school, and a Catholic French elementary, a Waldorf school, and a middle school. The community is home to Sacred Heart Catholic High School in the Catholic system, and public high school students in this area go to South Carleton High School in Richmond. There is also the Frederick Banting Secondary Alternative School in Stittsville, and a public library.
The community is self-sufficient, with lots of stores and service and Stittsville Main Street, south of Hazeldean.
The community is home to the Goulbourn Historical Society and Museum, the Stittsville and District Community Centre, the Goulbourn Recreation Complex, and the Amberwood Golf and Country Club. Other recreational facilities in Stittsville include a four-lane indoor swimming pool, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a summer youth centre, and two ice arenas.