Rideau Rally Tour

Discover the
Merchants, Growers,
Crafters & Artists
North Gower & 
Rideau Township

A tour of sites and attractions in rural Rideau Township.


Saturday & Sunday
September 16 & 17, 2000
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
artwork © Véronique Stéfanica-Stackhouse

Welcome to the Fourth 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.

General Information

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.

    (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. Trillium Cooking School
    Since 1983 Pam Collacott has taught cooking class in this 160 year old home, lovingly renovated by husband Read. Visit the kitchen where Pam cooks on CJOH-TV news, and on CBC's "The Great Canadian Food Show" and where recipes are tested for Canadian Living, The Citizen and Homemaker's. Sample goodies from Pam's new cookbook. Peruse the Trillium Cooking school 
    photo albums, pick up a current class schedule or purchase cookbooks (signed and personalized) and other culinary tidbits and tools.
    3228 Klondike Road
    North Gower

  5. Birdworks
    Ken and Diane have a large selection of houses, feeders, toad and butterfly houses. They also have kits for the "do-it-yourselfer"! Crafted on the premises. They have their own special wild birdseed and new indoor budgie seed, at great prices. Cardigans and T-shirts available. Ken will add your personal touch to your purchase. Special orders accepted. 
    (613) 489-3075 

  6. From the Farm
    Jennifer Donaldson's farm is a new stop on the Rideau Rally tour. She has converted an old barn into a workshop where she creates many unique things. Old barn board, pine and cedar are used in her woodworking. She produces planter boxes, birdhouses, folk art and more with rustic appeal. Wreaths, dried flowers, fresh herbs and even homemade dog biscuits are also available.
    (613) 258-6433

  7. 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

  8. Sailing Yacht Canada Resoration
    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

  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. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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
  13. 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

  14. 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
  15. PLACES TO EAT during the Rideau Rally Tour:
A) North Gower Farmer's Market
Welcome to our 6th season! We are open June 12 - October 9, Saturday mornings 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Rain or Shine! Start your Rideau Rally Tour morning off with our fund raising pancake breakfast (8:30-11:00) and enjoy lunch a bit later (11:00-12:30). At the Market you will find fresh local farm produce, delicious home baking, crafts, woodwork, fine art, childrens activities and more. In addition, there are special event days, lots of free parking and free weekly draws-all in a warm, friendly atmosphere. We're just 200 meters west of the village on Regional Road 6.
Contact Andrew at (613) 489-2219 for further information.
**Pancake Breakfast**
**Rideau Rally Tour Lunch**

B) Bide-a-Wee Restaurant
Full Meals - Specializing in breakfast / Take out / Licensed
Saturday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
6594 Main Street, North Gower
(613) 489-2278

C) Driscoll's Pizza and Submarines
Non smoking - Licensed
Saturday: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
1622 Rogers Stevens Drive (Reg. Rd 6), Kars
(613) 489-3183

D) North Gower Pizzeria
Pizza - Italian dishes- Salads - Donair - Finger foods- Hot sandwiches- Cold subs
Saturday: 11:30 am - Midnight
Sunday: Noon - 10:00 pm
2333 Church Street, North Gower
(613) 489-3365 or 489-3366

E) Pepper's Bar & Grill
15 % Off during Rideau Rally Tour
Finger Foods - Salads - Sandwich Platters - Burgers, Dogs & more - Pasta
Saturday: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Exceptionally open on Sunday for the Rideau Rally Tour from 11am to 8:00 pm 
6624 Main Street, North Gower (613) 489-1560

F) Rideau Restaurant
Family Restaurant
Saturday: 7:00 am -11:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
County Rd 44 at Old Highway 16, near Kemptville
(613) 258-1456

G) Strathmore
Come to Strathmore and enjoy tours of an historic site, lite lunch and snacks, gift shop and tourist information center open 11:00 am to 2:00 pm 
Group Tour packages available.
1980 Phelan Road, North Gower
(613) 489-2409  1-800-495-6649

For more information about the Rideau Rally Tour, please call Sandi Winter at (613) 489-0396

Pour l'information en français, télèphonez a Véronique Stéfanica-Stackhouse a (613) 489-3795


Rideau Rally Tour
Saturday & Sunday
September 16 & 17, 2000
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
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