- This page offers some well-deserved praise to some of our
See separate listings
for recreation facilities.
- The North Gower Cheese Factory opened in 1995. It is
already well-known in the area for its cheddar and curds.
The cheeses and yogurt are made from farm fresh milk. The
North Gower Cheese Factory is located on the Bollinger
Farm, 2515 Pollock Road, telephone (613)489-3805.
can reach Pollock Road from either 4th Line Road (which
is Main Street in the village of North Gower), or
McCordick Road (which runs south from Eagleson, through
the heart of Rideau Township).
While you are at the Bollinger Farm, take a moment to
admire their beautiful Brown Swiss cattle and the
handsome Belgian draft horses.
Fresh curd is available from noon on Fridays until
Fresh Swiss bread is available on weekends.
The North Gower Cheese Factory is open 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. all days except Mondays. Summer hours are 10:00 to
6:00 daily. Closed Mondays. Open holiday Mondays.
New winter hours: starting in November, open Saturday
and Sunday only, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- The Antique Shoppe, located on Main Street in North
Gower, features an excellent collection of heritage
furniture and collectibles. Visit the Antique Shoppe on
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the new expanded
location at the previous site of the Royal Bank. It's
easy to spot -- look for the outdoor displays (weather
permitting) of excellent furniture and other interesting
items. They have antique glassware, lighting, and even
reproductions of farm tractors that we have our eye on.
We can't list all of what there is there; you'll have to
explore on your own.
information, contact the proprietors at 489-0451
(Business) or 226-3571 (Residence).
- Strathmere House is one of the Ottawa Valley's
finest historic homes, with circular staircase,
carriage house, living and dining room
facilities, and thirteen comfortable guest rooms.
The house can accommodate up to 70 guests.
- Strathmere Annex is a turn of the century
schoolhouse. It can accommodate 17 people, single
occupancy, and 22, double occupancy.
- Strathmere Lodge, built in 1875, has two large
lofts overlooking the 200 acre estate, a spacious
dining room with a beautiful 8-foot stone
fireplace, a 1000 square foot sunroom, a full
kitchen, and an attractive outdoor garden that
has been used for many wedding photos. The lodge
can accommodate up to 210 guests, with separate
meeting rooms for smaller groups.
- Strathmere House has been operating as a country retreat
since 1979. They offer
- facilities for meetings, workshops, conferences
and special events
- Strathmere Management Centre, offering management
- Speakers' Bureau, policy and management issues
- Fully catered facilities for weddings and special
Strathmere House is located just north of North Gower
on Regional Road 73.
For information: Strathmere, R.R. 3,
North Gower K0A 2T0, phone: (613) 489-2409; fax (613)
only a few years, the North Gower Farmers' Market has
become a feature of the North Gower community on Saturday
mornings from June to October.
Visit the Farmers' market every Saturday morning in
the summer and early autumn for fresh local produce,
craft items, activities and a visit with your neighbours
in a friendly local atmosphere. In addition there are
special event days, free parking, free weekly draws and
The North Gower Farmers' Market is open from
June 10 to October 7, 2000. New vendors are always welcome-daily and
seasonal space is available. For more information contact Helen at
489-3572 or Joanna at 489-3049 or email at email@example.com
The Farmers' Market is located at the Seabrook farm on Roger Stevens
Drive, just east of the Main Street intersection in North Gower.
- Not the right season, but wait until summer: look for the
Shar-Way Berry Farm on your approach to North Gower from
the north on Regional Road 73. It's hard to miss,
especially in berry season when there is so much
activity. Shar-Way has fresh strawberries and raspberries
in season, and pumpkins in the fall. You can buy the
berries pre-picked, but it's more fun to pick your own,
and it's surprisingly fast.
- The Marlborough Forest is located a few
kilometers west of North Gower along Roger Stevens Drive. It is the
largest piece of protected property in the Regional Municipality of
Ottawa-Carleton. It is a vast resource, consisting of 7,226 hectares
owned by the Region, and 469 acres of Crown land. Over 2,000 hectares
is wetland, including areas drained by Stevens Creek and Brassils
- The Rideau Trail extends from Kingston to Ottawa. It is the second longest trail of its kind in Ontario, stretching 300 kilometers. (Second to the Bruce Trail, that is.) Most of the land covered by the trail is either Crown property or road allowance
s. Only a small percentage passes through private property.