Your Neighbourhood Guide to Stittsville, Ottawa

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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In my opinion, Stittsville is the best of both worlds: set up as a suburban bedroom community, but easily within reach of amenities in Kanata and downtown Ottawa.

Here’s everything you need to know about this suburban paradise.

About Stittsville

I take a lot of my buyers to check out Stittsville listings because - and I’m not exaggerating - there really is something for everyone.

Stittsville has been around for a long time: as such there is a healthy mix of older homes and new builds. This neighbourhood has undergone a lot of recent development while still trying to preserve its small-town feel, making it perfect for homeowners looking for something turnkey, modern, and charming.

There’s also every kind of home available: townhomes, stacked condos, and single family homes.

This is a great selling feature for homeowners who will need to change homes as their family grows or their lifestyle changes, but don’t want to uproot their lives. I can show them a lovely townhome for a start, and 10 years later a great single family home in the same neighbourhood.

If you’re a first-time home buyer with a fairly strict budget, Stittsville isn’t my first choice for you. This market needs some flexibility, and can be a challenge since it’s one of the most popular neighbourhoods in the city.

But if you’ve got that flexibility and are looking for a great place to call home, Stittsville is it. Everyone there loves the proximity to the rest of the city and the suburban structure.

Schools in Stittsville

Stittsville is home to multiple schools. While most of them are for elementary-age students, there are 2 secondary schools in the immediate area, and more only a few kilometres away.

Please note: I’ve included a Fraser’s Institute Ranking where available. This is not the only way to determine school quality. Parents looking for possible schools for their children should contact the schools directly.

St. Stephen Catholic Elementary School

  • Grades: K-6
  • Fraser Ranking: 6.6/10
  • This school has a learning commons accessible to all students.
  • Board: Ottawa Catholic School Board

Stittsville Public School

  • Grades: JK-6
  • Fraser Ranking: 6.1/10
  • This school offers French immersion, and has multiple resources for student education - including an outdoor classroom.
  • Board: Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

École élémentaire catholique Jean-Paul II

  • Grades: 1- 6
  • Fraser Ranking: 6.7/10
  • This school opened in 2006 and was built as a way to serve a continuously growing francophone community.
  • Board: Conseil Des École Catholiques Du Centre-Est

Holy Spirit Elementary School

  • Grades: JK-6
  • Fraser Ranking: 7.6/10
  • This school host several community events, and focuses on dynamic learning.
  • Board: Ottawa Catholic School Board


A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School

  • Grades: JK-8
  • Fraser Ranking: 7/10
  • 59% of students in this school are enrolled in the French immersion program, and they offer a variety of academic paths.
  • Board: Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Guardian Angels Elementary School

  • Grades: JK-6
  • Fraser Ranking: 8.3/10
  • This school offers a variety of activities and clubs, including chess, choir, sports, and the PAL program.
  • Board: Ottawa Catholic School Board

Westwind Public School

  • Grades: JK-6
  • Fraser Ranking: 6.1/10
  • Only open since 2011, this school is a leader in creativity and collaborative education.
  • Board: Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Frederick Banting Alternative High School

  • Grades: secondary
  • Fraser Ranking: N/A
  • This is an alternative secondary school that offers different ways to earn a secondary diploma. This is perfect for anyone looking for more flexible scheduling, a change from traditional education models, or looking to complete credits.
  • Board: Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Sacred Heart High School

  • Grades: 7 - 12
  • Fraser Ranking: 7.7/10
  • This school features several areas of study, including business and contemporary studies, and is home to a collaborative and well-equipped learning commons.
  • Board: Ottawa Catholic School Board

Green Space in Stittsville

While homes and schools are in plentiful supply, natural habitats are not as common as community development has progressed. Luckily, a Sustainable Stittsville initiative by environmental planners aims to increase green space that will be good for the local habitat and for the people who live there.

That doesn’t mean that it’s a concrete jungle: there are great parks to enjoy that are child and pet-friendly.

Village Square Park

  • Convenient for bikers on the Trans-Canada Trail
  • Home to many local events
  • Location of the Stittsville Station and a lovely old barn - perfect for photos!
  • Play equipment

Alexander Grove Park

  • Sports fields and tennis courts
  • Hockey rink
  • Play structure
  • Walking trails
  • Public washrooms

Stittsville Dog Park

  • Off leash
  • Picnic tables
  • Walking trails
  • Plenty of cute, friendly dogs

Kittiwake Park

  • Sports fields
  • Play structure
  • Paths connecting you to local shopping centres

Ralph Street Park

  • Ice rink
  • Play structure
  • Sports field

Wyldewood Park

  • Play structure
  • Accessibility features

Fringewood Park

  • Wide outdoor space - perfect for dogs
  • Play structure

Coyote Run Park

  • Covered structure for shade
  • Sports fields
  • Play structure

Bryanston Gate Park

  • Ice rink
  • Sports fields
  • Play structure

Bandmaster Park

  • Splash pad
  • Picnic area
  • Ice rink
  • Play structure
  • Farmer’s market (seasonal)
  • Wide green space for running

Maestro Park

  • Play structure
  • Small but centrally located

Mary Durling Park

  • Play structure
  • Sports fields

Paul Lindsay Park

  • Beautiful pond
  • Play structure
  • Great for walks

Pioneer Plains Park

  • Splash pad
  • Play structure
  • Sports fields

Brigatine Park

  • Quaint bridge
  • Play structure
  • Covered picnic table

Trustee M. Curry Park

  • Play structures
  • Open space for running
  • Sports equipment

Public Transportation

I’m talking about all the things that make Stittsville great: but there is a downside. You really need a car to live there conveniently. On a good traffic day, it can take approximately 30 minutes to reach downtown Ottawa from downtown Stittsville.

The OC Transpo lines 61 and 62 can get you from Stittsville to downtown, but on average this trip takes about 1 hour. If you’re travelling during rush hour, this can be longer.

If you don’t mind commuting, you could make this work - but if you don’t work close to Stittsville, or don’t want to spend all that time on the road, I wouldn’t recommend looking in this neighbourhood.

Conveniently Close-By Amenities

Stittsville is predominantly suburban, so most amenities are a short drive away: but you can easily find the following amenities:

  • The Stittsville Medical centre and several family doctors.
  • Dentists.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Multiple grocery stores and an LCBO.
  • Local food shops.
  • Coffee shops like Quitters.
  • Fitness clubs for everything from yoga to martial arts.
  • The Fringewood Community Centre.

It’s easy to run all your day-to-day errands on Stittsville’s main street.

Good Food Isn’t Far Away

Stittsville Main Street and surrounding area is full of restaurants I dare you not to love. If you’ve got friends over, you’re guaranteed to find something they’ll like.

The following is just a taste of what’s available!

Pocopazzo

Self-described as a crazy little Italian eatery, the menu is stuffed full of classic dishes. While the space is small, it’s atmospheric, warm and friendly - perfect for everything from a date to friends getting together.

Napoli’s Cafe

This family-run Italian eatery has been in business since 1993, and specializes in authentic cuisine, including homemade pasta and fresh veal. The setting is described as upscale casual and the price point is mid-range, so it’s a good choice for a variety of events. 

NeXT

This is a newer restaurant, but it took Ottawa by storm! Named to Canada’s hottest new restaurants list in 2015, this establishment specializes in dishes with Canadian roots and Asian and European influences. The dishes are designed to be shared, perfect for people who always want to try a little of everything!

The Glen Scottish Restaurant & Pub

Since 1988, The Glen has been delighting residents with their traditional fare - they’re most famous for Uncle John’s famous fish and chips! Their menu features haggis, steak and ale pie, and other tasty dishes from across the ocean. Out of this establishment’s many reviews, a theme emerges: courteous staff, friendly atmosphere, and amazing fish and chips.

Pham Le Kitchen

This restaurant is only a couple years old, but is a great choice for fans of Vietnamese cuisine. Reviewers have described the food as some of the best Vietnamese food they’ve ever had, and the space itself is clean, comfy and cozy.

The Jack Ketch

This restaurant opened in 2017, but already people are in love. The food is rustic and expertly presented. The space and the food were created to be approachable and fun: a place where locals could always get a good meal.

Kungfu Bistro

This Asian cuisine bistro is contemporary in food and style, and caters to a wide variety of palates and diets. The restaurant is small - only 36 seats - but boosts a robust Thai, Chinese and sushi menu. Everything is prepared fresh and authentically. If you don’t feel like dining in, they also offer takeout!

What’s Going on in the Community?

Stittsville is a community that is full of local pride, and there are a lot of events that attract people from all over the city. StittsvilleCentral.ca is a great site to see all the latest news and events in the Stittsville area. If you keep an eye on this website, you won’t miss a thing.

In the meantime, here are some fun things to do all year round.

Check Out Stittsville’s Carp Road Flea Market

This establishment opened in 2005, and is a hotspot on the weekends for residents, treasure hunters, and more.

Visit Goulbourn Museum

This is a fun AND educational spot in Stittsville. This museum focuses on Ottawa’s oldest military settlement and the life of pioneers in the former Goulbourn Township. It also plays host to a variety of events throughout the year.

Have Fun at Valleyview Little Animal Farm

If you’ve got kids, they’ll love it here. You get to see a wide variety of animals, enjoy a creative playground, and even visit Bill’s Old Farm museum.

Relax at Mahogany Spa

If you’re in the mood to pamper yourself, Mahogany Spa can help. They offer a wide range of services, so there’s literally something for everyone.

Visit the Diefenbunker

Canada’s Cold War Museum is only a short drive away from Stittsville, and is a one-of-a-kind experience. They’re also jumping on the trend of escape rooms, creating a truly unique experience.

Catch a Sens Game at the Canadian Tire Centre

Stittsville is incredibly close to the Canadian Tire Centre, where the Ottawa Senators play and most concerts are held.

Is Stittsville My Future Home?

It’s a lot to think about when shopping for a new neighbourhood - but that’s what I’m here for. If I didn’t answer your question in this guide - or gave you even more questions - get in touch with me! I’ve helped many homeowners find their dream home in Stittsville. I hope to do the same for you.

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Josh Batley
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Josh has over 10 years of selling experience in the Ottawa area, consistently exceeding clients’ expectations when he sells their home. He’s sold every kind of home in every part of the city, giving him an excellent understanding of how to market a home to the perfect buyer. Learn more about Josh.

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