Rideau Rally Tour
A tour of sites and attractions in rural Rideau Township.

artwork © Véronique Stéfanica-Stackhouse
Saturday & Sunday
September 25 & 26, 1999
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Welcome to the Third Annual Rideau Rally Tour. Only a twenty minute drive south of Ottawa, Rideau Township is the setting for an autumn tour that lets you escape the "beaten track". Relax and explore the interesting byways of the tour while experiencing the rural charms that await you.

Follow the black and white signs and checkered flags. The numbers on the map indicate the sites on the tour. Stops may be visited in any order.

Rideau Township is just minutes from Ottawa, Nepean, and Kanata, with convenient access from Highway 416. The Rideau Rally features a number of country attractions, some in the village of North Gower, and others within easy driving distance, separated by pleasant rural scenery. Each of the sites is identified by a Rideau Rally Tour sign, featuring a checkered flag.

Rideau Rally Tour sites:

  1. The Colonial Inn Fruit Farm
    We grow apples, pears, plums, red and black currants, gooseberries, vegetables and herbs, in season. We have our own homemade jams, jellies, pickles, dried herbs; maple syrup and honey are usually available. All for sale on the premises, seven days a week.
    (613) 489-3836
  2. Joan Lindsay
    Browse through the gift shop and try quilting on the No-Baste Quick Tilt Quilt Frame manufactured by Joan's husband, Dale Lindsay.
    Demonstrations of basket weaving and rug hooking by guest artist Helen Toll from Kemptville will be on-going throughout the weekend.
    (613) 489-2159
  3. The North Gower Cheese Factory
    The North Gower Cheese Factory is a small milk processing plant located on the Bollinger Farm. Using their own Grade A Brown Swiss milk, the North Gower Cheese Factory makes fresh cheddar, Swiss style yogourt and fresh cheese curd. A variety of imported cheeses, country style jams, honey, bread, and more, are also available.
    (613) 489-3805
  4. The Antique Shoppe
    Ingrid and Ross Clarke's spacious shop carries an extensive selection of china, clocks, stained glass and treasures for the collector. They specialize in oak furniture but also carry a large variety of pine, mahogany and Victorian pieces. Open all year round, Friday to Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Delivery available.
    (613) 489-0451
  5. Primrose Path Studio & Garden
    "Primrose Path" offers the best of both worlds, a combination of art and gardening pleasures. From the studio comes a fanciful selection of Véronique Stéfanica-Stackhouse's original 'Naive' art works, reproductions and note-cards guaranteed to melt your heart. Surrounding the studio is half an acre of lush landscaped garden connected by a series of winding paths. Our resident gardener Charles Stackhouse will be on hand to answer your horticultural questions as well as provide people with an interesting selection of hardy primula for sale.
    (613) 489-3795
  6. Posh Practicals Inc.
    New kitchen products, crafts and supplies, and antiques are available year-round. Posh Practicals is a home business located at 6664 Carolin Court in North Gower village.
    (613) 489-3790
  7. Ann Gruchy
    The watercolor medium allows Ann to capture light and depth in her work while combining forms (still lifes, florals, landscapes, portraits and figures) with ambiguous, negative-space backgrounds. She also enjoys creating detailed graphite sketches, based on design and composition.
    (613) 489-3748
    Michèle LaRose will be a guest artist at Ann Gruchy's studio. Color and design are Michèle's main interests and she uses watercolor, pastel and oil paint to discover new ways of viewing the familiar. She lives and paints near Elgin, Ontario.
    (613) 359-5993
  8. Rideau Nursery Cut Flower Farm
    The Cut Flower Farm continues to grow with the addition this year of a flower barn, pond, gazebo, garden room and picnic areas. Sandi Winter invites you to choose from over 200 varieties of country flowers, roses, native plants, dried flowers and potted perennials for your home and garden. (613) 489-0396
  9. Margaret & Herman Rühland
    Margaret worked in textiles all her life and presently does quilted wall hangings in contemporary and Amish style. Herman designs and builds Japanese style and Canadian stone gardens. He also produces contemporary artwork in oil, tempera and acrylic, making collages, frescoes and found object-art.
  10. Willan Daylily Gardens
    Gail Brooks and John Peters grow over 200 different varieties of hybrid daylilies in a large range of colors and sizes ranging from miniatures with 2" blooms to large plants with 7" blooms. They also specialize in hostas, with over 100 varieties. Come and see the new mixed perennial border (15' X 80') and the landscaped ponds.
    (613) 489-0259
  11. Laughing Loon
    Peter Clement's shop is stocked with duck and loon carvings, unique stick furniture, pictures & frames, lamps, wreaths & much more. All carvings and handcrafts are fashioned on the premises.
    (613) 258-4555
  12. Ludlow Boatworks
    See the restoration of the historic century old wooden Sailing Yacht "CANADA". Explore other boats in the yard and talk to Doug Coupar of A.Y. Brokerage if you are interested in buying a vessel or selling your own craft. Browse through the boatshop, visit the new wood store and discover various types of wood and their uses, and maybe a few surprises. All welcome!
    (613) 258-6217 or 258-4270
  13. Country Quilts Workshop
    Gerry Egan opens his country workshop for you to experience the creation of pine reproduction furniture. You will find basic and functional designs warmed by charm and elegance. You will also notice distinctive character and workmanship in each design. Most of the production is "made to order" so please bring your designs and ideas for furniture in pine and we would be happy to discuss them with you.
    (613) 489-4220
  14. PLACES TO EAT during the Rideau Rally Tour: