North Gower

North Gower (/ɡɔːr/) is a small village in eastern Ontario, originally part of North Gower Township, now part of the city of Ottawa. Surrounding communities include Richmond, Kemptville, Kars and Manotick. Public high school students in this area go to South Carleton High School in Richmond.

The village took its name from Admiral John Leveson-Gower, Lord of the Admiralty from 1783 to 1789.[1]

North Gower
North Gower is located in Ottawa
North Gower
North Gower
Location in Ottawa
Coordinates: 45°8′0″N 75°43′0″W / 45.13333°N 75.71667°W
Incorporated1905 (Police Village of North Gower)
Amalgamation1974 (Township of Rideau)
2001 (City of Ottawa)
 • MayorJim Watson (I)
 • MPsPierre Poilievre (C)
 • MPPsGoldie Ghamari (PC)
 • CouncillorsScott Moffatt (I)
90 m (300 ft)
 • Total2,181
 Canada 2006 Census
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
North Gower Ontario
Stevens Creek running through North Gower.


By 1866, North Gower was a post village of the township of North Gower 6 miles from Osgoode Station, on the Ottawa and Prescott Railway, and 22 miles from Ottawa. It was situated on Stevens Creek. The village contained four general stores, two wagon shops, five boot and shoe shops, and other mechanical trades. There were three churches, the Church of England, Rev. Mr. Merritt, rector; the Wesleyan Methodist, Rev. W m. M. Pattyson, minister; and the Canada Presbyterian Church, Rev. Wm: Lochead minister. There was a school, with an average attendance of forty eight pupils. The 5th Division Courts were held here.[2]

In 2001, North Gower was amalgamated into Ottawa along with the remainder of Carleton County.

Historical buildings

  • City of Ottawa Archives, Rideau Branch (1876) - 6581 Fourth Line Road. The former North Gower Township town hall was restored in 1980s and opened as the Rideau Township Archive in 1990. The one-storey, brick-faced building features fine proportions, careful detailing, and a cupola. The archives photo displays highlight the postal history of Rideau and the stories of home children in the area. The archives was included amongst other architecturally interesting and historically significant buildings in Doors Open Ottawa, held June 2 and 3, 2012.[3]
  • Former Marlborough Township Hall (1855) - 3048 Pierce Rd, Pierces Corners. Constructed by Robert Mackey as a community centre, the one-story frame building was moved to its present site in 1934. The framing uses a series of posts and trusses that allows a clear ceiling.
  • Holy Trinity Anglican Church (1879) - 2372 Church St. A single story stone church supported by heavy stone buttresses and fronted with an imposing bell tower, it sites on land originally deeded to the Synod of the Diocese of Ontario in 1867. Tall stained glass windows dominate the Sanctuary while commemorative ones are displayed throughout the church. The Church also has its own Churchyard Cemetery - a beautiful example of a rural churchyard cemetery, still with lots available to the parishioners and the general community.
  • North Gower United Church (1870) - 2332 Church Street. A traditional white-painted wood frame church, North Gower United Church was originally built in 1870 as the North Gower Presbyterian Church. When the United Church of Canada was formed in 1925 from elements of the Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational Union faiths, it became North Gower United Church. It's steeple makes it the tallest occupied building in North Gower (ie, excluding farm structures such as silos).
  • St. John the Baptist Anglican Church (1892) - 3027 Pierce Rd., Pierces Corners. This solid timber frame church designed by Amaldi and Caldeson, Architects, has stone foundation and central bell tower. All original pews and stained glass windows. Church stable, once used for the congregation's horses, still stands. This church was decommissioned in 2008 (approximately).
  • Perkins Lumber - 2338 Roger Stevens Dr. An independently owned lumber yard founded in 1936, will stand as part of the area's heritage. in 2011 Perkins Lumber joined the Home Hardware Group.
  • The Old Co-op.

Notable Residents

From 1905 to 1909, Robert Borden served as the federal MP for the riding that North Gower is in, Carleton. During his term, he served as the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Borden was not the only federal party leader to reside in North Gower, however, as John A. Macdonald and George A. Drew both owned land and resided in North Gower during their terms as MPs, respectively.

External links


  1. ^ Turcotte, Bobbi (May 29, 1985). "North Gower". Ottawa Citizen. pp. B8. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  2. ^ Ottawa City and counties of Carleton and Russell Directory, 1866-7
  3. ^ Doors Open Ottawa

Coordinates: 45°8′N 75°43′W / 45.133°N 75.717°W

Carleton County, Ontario

Carleton County is the name of a historic county in Ontario, Canada. In 1969, it was superseded by the Regional Municipality of Ottawa–Carleton. In 2001, the Regional Municipality and its eleven local municipalities (including Ottawa) were replaced by the current City of Ottawa.

Edward Kidd

Edward Kidd (September 9, 1849 – September 16, 1912) was an Ontario farmer and political figure. He represented Carleton in the House of Commons of Canada from 1900 to 1905 and 1909 to 1912 as a Conservative member.

He was born in Oxford Township, Canada West, the son of William Kidd, and was educated in Burritt's Rapids. Kidd served on the council for North Gower Township and for Carleton County. He owned a number of cheese factories in Carleton County. He resigned his seat in 1905 to allow Robert Borden, the party leader, to sit in the house. Kidd died in office in 1912.

His cousin George Nelson Kidd represented Carleton in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario during the same time period and a nephew Thomas Ashmore Kidd later served as speaker for the Ontario legislature.

In North Gower, the road Edward Kidd Crescent is a residential road named after him.

Fourth Line Road

Fourth Line Road (Ottawa Road #5) is a designated arterial road in the rural portion of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The street follows one of the meridian lines first laid out when Carleton County was surveyed. It begins southeast of Richmond, Ontario at Brophy Drive, and runs southeast until it hits the Rideau River, where it turns into Donnelly Drive near Rideau River Provincial Park. Fourth Line Road passes through the heart of North Gower, Ontario, and when in that town is known as "Main Street." The road runs just to the west of Highway 416, which is the more important north-south route.

George Lemuel Dickinson

George Lemuel Dickinson (July 4, 1848 – November 7, 1930) was a manufacturer and political figure in Ontario, Canada. He represented Carleton in the House of Commons of Canada from 1888 to 1891 as a Conservative member.

He was born in Toronto, the son of Moss Kent Dickinson and Elizabeth Mary Trigge. Dickinson was educated in Ottawa and Poughkeepsie, New York. He served as deputy reeve for North Gower in 1877 and 1878. He was first elected to the House of Commons in an 1888 by-election held after Sir John A. Macdonald chose to sit for the Kingston riding. Dickinson was unsuccessful when he ran for reelection in 1891.

Gower Street, London

Gower Street is a street in Bloomsbury, central London, running from Montague Place in the south to Euston Road at the north. The street continues as North Gower Street north of the Euston Road. To the south it becomes Bloomsbury Street.

University College London (UCL) and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art are located along Gower Street as is part of University College Hospital. UCL maintains two student residences along the street: the Arthur Tattersall and John Tovell Houses. Of the many UCL buildings along Gower Street, the Cruciform Building is especially notable, both for its striking red exterior and its obvious form, even when viewed from the road. Old boys of University College School are known as "Old Gowers" after the street where it founded and co-located with UCL.

Euston Square Underground station is located at the north end of Gower Street, at the corner of Euston Road.


Grenville–Carleton was a federal electoral district represented in the House of Commons of Canada from 1968 to 1979. It was located in the province of Ontario. This riding was created in 1966 from parts of Caleton and Grenville—Dundas ridings.

It consisted of:

the part of the City of Ottawa lying south of Base Line Road and west of Fisher Avenue;

the Townships of Goulbourn, Marlborough, Nepean, North Gower and Osgoode, and Long Island (in the Township of Gloucester) in the County of Carleton;

the County of Grenville, including the Village of Merrickville, and

the Townships of Matilda and Mountain in the County of Dundas.The electoral district was abolished in 1976 when it was redistributed between Leeds—Grenville, Nepean—Carleton, Ottawa Centre, Ottawa West-Nepean and Stormont—Dundas ridings.

Lincoln Fields station

Lincoln Fields is a station on Ottawa's transitway located at Carling Avenue and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. It is adjacent but not connected to nearby Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre. It is the main western hub of the transitway system and has a ticket sales and information office as well as a small convenience store. Many express services serving the eastern end of the city use this station as its western terminus, particularly when the next run of that bus starts in the west end. Like Hurdman Station in the east, the transitway routes branch off in two directions: westward to Kanata and Stittsville, and southward to Barrhaven. The western branch of the transitway from this point is currently incomplete, forcing westbound routes to use existing streets such as Carling Avenue and the Queensway.

The station has two distinct platform areas. One platform area serves main transitway route 94, route 95 and route 91 to Baseline station and Barrhaven, and routes 61, 62, 63, 64, to Bayshore station, and Kanata, along with numerous Connexion and peak period routes to the western and southwestern suburbs. A second platform serves routes that either branch off to Carling Avenue, such as route 16, route 85 (eastbound only) and route 97, or travel south on the Transitway (routes 82, 84 and 152). Elevated walkways connect the two platforms and provide street level access from Carling Avenue.

Shopper's bus route 301 (serving Richmond on Mondays), route 303 (serving Carp and Dunrobin on Wednesdays), and route 305 (serving Manotick, Kars, and North Gower on Fridays) travel via Carling Avenue to/from Carlingwood Mall (the terminus for routes 301, 303, and 305).

Connexion routes from Barrhaven, Bells Corners, Stittsville, and Kanata only allow passengers to get off at this station in the morning upon request, but skip it altogether in the afternoon with the exception of route 282 which provides service during the AM peak as well as during the PM peak. This includes route 283 that allows passengers to get off at this station upon request during the AM peak, but returns into full service during the PM peak towards Stittsville/Ottawa–Richmond.

List of neighbourhoods in Ottawa

This is a list of neighbourhoods and outlying communities within the City of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

In 2001, the old city of Ottawa was amalgamated with the suburbs of Nepean, Kanata, Gloucester, Rockcliffe Park, Vanier and Cumberland, and the rural townships of West Carleton, Osgoode, Rideau and Goulbourn, along with the systems and infrastructure of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton, to become one municipality. The city is now organized into 23 wards.

List of schools of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Schools of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

List of villages in Gower

The Gower Peninsula (Welsh: Gŵyr) in the City and County of Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It contains over twenty villages and communities.

Marlborough Township, Ontario

Marlborough Township is a historical township in eastern Ontario, Canada.

Marlborough was located in the southern part of Carleton County. It was bounded to the south by Oxford Township, to the southwest by Montague Township, to the northwest by Goulbourn Township and to the northeast by North Gower Township. The Rideau River runs along the border with Oxford Township.

It was established in 1791. In 1800, it became part of Carleton County and was incorporated as a township in 1850. The first family to settle in this area was that of Stephen Burritt, a United Empire Loyalist, in 1793. The township merged with North Gower Township in 1974 to become Rideau Township. Rideau, in turn, became part of the amalgamated city of Ottawa in 2001.

Marlborough Township took its name from John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.

According to the Canada 2016 Census, the Township had a population of 2,204.

North Gower Township, Ontario

North Gower Township is a historical township in eastern Ontario, Canada.

North Gower (pronounced "North Gor") was located in the southern part of Carleton County, bordered to the northwest by Goulbourn Township, to the north by Nepean, to the east by Osgoode and to the south by South Gower Township. It is separated from North Grenville and Osgoode by the Rideau River.

Originally known as Township C, it was established in 1792. In 1800, it became part of Carleton County and was incorporated as a township in 1850. The first settlers in the township were United Empire Loyalists. The township was first settled by Stephen Blanchard in 1820. The village of North Gower was first settled in 1846 and was originally known as Stephensville. The township merged with Marlborough Township in 1974 to become Rideau Township. Rideau, in turn, became part of the amalgamated city of Ottawa in 2001.

North Gower Township took its name from Admiral John Leveson-Gower, Lord of the Admiralty from 1783 to 1789. At one time, there was also a South Gower Township.



THIS township received its name in consequence

of being a triangular piece of land (gore), hence


If South Gower's name came from "gore", an irregularly bounded piece of land then it's very likely that North Gower's name came from "gore".

According to the Canada 2011 Census, the former township had a population of 10,828 (former boundaries).

Prince of Wales Drive

Prince of Wales Drive (Ottawa Road #73) is a road serving Ottawa, Ontario, named after the eponymous road in Battersea, London, U.K. The northern section is a low-speed street running along the west bank of the Rideau River, while southern portions of the road were formerly Highway 16 (downgraded after the construction of Highway 416).

Prince of Wales Drive is the continuation of Queen Elizabeth Drive beyond Preston Street. It runs around Dow's Lake and through the Central Experimental Farm before reaching a roundabout. The speed limit is 50 km/h (31 mph) down to Fisher Avenue, at which point it increases to 60 km/h (37 mph). There is a major intersection with Hunt Club Road, where several commuters from south Nepean use the bridge to cross the Rideau River.

Prince of Wales Drive follows the Rideau River past Barrhaven and Manotick. South of the intersection with Jockvale Road, the road diverts from the river and heads in a southwesterly direction toward North Gower, where it terminates at 4th Line Road.

Prior to the construction of Highway 416, the stretch of Highway 16 that included Prince of Wales continued south to the Canada–US border into Saint Lawrence County, New York

In May 2007, the City approved the start of an environmental assessment study in regards of the future widening of the road from Fisher Avenue to Woodroffe Avenue from two to four lanes in accommodation to future expansion in Barrhaven, Manotick and Riverside South.[1]

Regional Municipality of Ottawa–Carleton

The Regional Municipality of Ottawa–Carleton was a regional government area and census division in Ontario, Canada, which existed from 1969 until 2001. It was created in 1969 from the former Carleton County plus Cumberland Township, previously part of Russell County.

Rideau-Goulbourn Ward

Rideau-Goulbourn Ward is a city ward located in Ottawa, Ontario. Situated in the rural south end of the city, the ward includes rural areas west of the Rideau River and the communities of Manotick, Richmond, North Gower, Munster, Kars, Fallowfield, Ashton and Burritts Rapids as well as Goulbourn Township south and west of Stittsville.

Before 2006, the ward was known as Rideau Ward and was increased in coverage as the new ward of Stittsville was created from parts of the former Kanata and Goulbourn Wards due to population growth in Stittsville as well as new developments in the west portions of the former city of Kanata. Portions of Goulbourn Township was added to Rideau Ward. In 2014, the new Blackstone subdivision was transferred from Rideau-Goulbourn Ward to Stittsville Ward.

Prior to being amalgamated into Ottawa, this areas was represented on Regional council by Western Townships Ward.

Rideau Township, Ontario

Rideau is an historic township in eastern Ontario, Canada. It is located in the rural parts of the City of Ottawa, in the extreme south. Its eastern boundary is the Rideau River, its namesake.

The township was created in 1974 after the amalgamation of two other townships: Marlborough, and North Gower. In 2001 it was amalgamated into the City of Ottawa.

Communities include Manotick, North Gower, Kars and Burritts Rapids

According to the Canada 2001 Census:

Population: 12,695

% Change (1996-2001): 2.0

Dwellings: 4,414

Area (km²): 408.75

Density (persons per km²): 31.1By the 2006 census, Rideau's population had increased to 12,960.

Scott Moffatt (politician)

Scott Moffatt (born c. 1981 in Rideau Township, Ontario) is the Ottawa city councillor of Rideau-Goulbourn Ward. He won the ward in the Ottawa municipal election, 2010, defeating the incumbent Glenn Brooks.

Moffatt was born and raised on a farm in Rideau Township, now part of rural Ottawa. He attended Kars Public School (which has since become Kars on the Rideau Public School), South Carleton High School and received a General B.A. from Carleton University. He currently lives in North Gower, Ontario. Prior to being elected, he served as a retail and golf course manager.

Moffatt has volunteered for the Conservative Party of Canada in the past and served on its board of directors. He ran unsuccessfully in the Rideau-Goulbourn Ward in the Ottawa municipal election, 2006.

South Carleton High School

South Carleton High School is a high school situated in the southwestern sector of the city of Ottawa, in the town of Richmond, Ontario. The school is under the jurisdiction of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. The SCHS attendance boundaries cover a major section of the southern part of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Students come from all over the southwestern sector of the city but mainly from the communities of Stittsville, Manotick, Richmond, Riverside South, North Gower, Munster, Kars, Fallowfield, Ashton, Burritts Rapids and the area connecting these communities. SCHS feeder schools include Goulbourn Middle School, Kars on the Rideau Public School, and A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School.

The school opened its doors in 1952 to 263 students and 13 teachers under the leadership of its first principal, W.W. Powell.

South Carleton's 60th anniversary was celebrated in 2012.

William Cowan (politician)

William Cowan (October 25, 1825 – January 7, 1899) was a farmer and reeve of North Gower Township, Ontario.

He was born in County Leitrim, Ireland in 1825, the son of Patrick Cowan, and was educated there, earning a teaching certificate. He emigrated to North America and arrived in Bytown around 1845. He taught school in North Gower for five years. In 1850, he married Caroline McCrea; he also purchased a farm in the township around that time. Cowan was reeve for the township from 1865 to 1869. In 1866, he served as warden for Carleton County. Cowan also served as justice of the peace, was clerk in the division court for 21 years and became a captain in the local militia. In 1870, he was named secretary for the county and, in 1873, was named county treasurer. With these postings, Cowan sold his farm and moved to Ottawa, where he served on the board of Water Commissioners.Obituary


On Saturday morning, at 8:30, Co. Treasurer Wm. Cowan and Son, Holmes Cowan,

proprietor of the Gilpin House, were being driven to Ottawa East to attend the

funeral of the late Chas. O'Gara, when their spirited horses took fright and ran away.

The Parry Sound train was just rounding the curve at the head of the deep cut, and into

this the horses dashed, striking between the tender and the baggage car .............

Mr. Cowan and his son met death instantly. .............. Mr. Cowan made his last will on

Friday. Owing to the approaching marriage of his daughter Miss Maggie Cowan, he found it

necessary to add a codicil .......... Wm. Cowan was born in the county Leitrim, Ireland,

December 17, 1825. He came to Bytown in 1845. He taught school for five years in North

Gower and then settled upon a farm which he had purchased. He married in 1850, Caroline,

daughter of Capt. Thomas McCrea of Montague, a veteran of the war of 1812. About the same time

he was appointed clerk of the Division Court, including North Gower and Marlboro. He held

that position for 21 years. He was township councillor for eight years and reeve for five

years. In 1870 he was appointed county clerk and in 1873 county treasurer, a position he

held till his death.

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