Welcome to the Fifth Annual North Gower Discovery Tour
Only a half-hour drive from downtown Ottawa, the North Gower area is the setting for an autumn tour that lets you escape the "beaten track". Relax and explore the interesting byways shown in this brochure while experiencing the rural charms that await you.
Follow the black and white signs and checkered flags.
The numbers on the map are for your convenience. Stops may be visited in any order.
Fill in a ballot at any one of the stops to win a door prize.
Rideau Rally Tour sites:
- Joan Lindsay
Quilt styles today are as varied as the fabrics used to make them and
Joan has chosen to follow the "back to basic" style of her
grandmother Alice. Come and visit her workshop and try your hand at English
Guest : Marta Wood - In the gift shop you will meet Mart and discover WoodHoodz
and SuitAbilities. Unique winter accessories designed to help
people with respiratory illness and poor circulation cope with cold
- 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
yogurt and fresh cheese curd. A variety of imported cheeses, country style jams, honey, bread, and more, are also available.
- Posh Practicals Inc.
New kitchen products, crafts and supplies, tole painting lessons, Christmas
decorations, hand blown glass including "cranberry", some used and antiques
furniture, and wood cut to your specifications for tole painting. Gift
certificates are available. Tole painting is easy to learn and adds your own
personal unique touch to your home. Open year-round by appointment.
- Primrose Path Studio & Garden
"Primrose Path" offers visitors a tantalizing combination of art and
gardening pleasures. Veronique Stefanica's new "Naive" paintings in
oil pastel and gouache, as well as reproductions and note-cards will be
available in the studio. At the same time, take a few minutes to relax and
enjoy our gardens in all its fall splendour.
At any other time, please call ahead for an appointment.
- Ann Gruchy
Watercolor and mixed-media works, mono prints and graphite drawings allow
Ann to express light and design. Her detailed forms are shown against the
depths ambiguous, negative-space backgrounds.
Guest : RiverLights Stained Glassworks specializes in original design
work assembled with the unique colours and textures of stained glass.
Guest : Norman Fraser - Oils, figures, landscapes in the Expressionist
Indian Trail Carvings
Keith and Linda Taylor invite you to their stable and workshop where they
hope you will experience the magic of the hand-carve carousel house. Keith
tries capture the spirit of the horse in many forms, including rocking horses,
counterbalanced toys, and many other horse related carvings. Come and share
our love of horses - both wooden and real.
- Rideau Nursery Cut Flower Farm
Rideau Nursery is a feat for the senses and a flower lover's dream. Stroll through
our display gardens, sit and enjoy a snack in the gazebo, pick your own
flowers from the rows in our cutting fields, or visit the Flower Barn for a
delightful selection of gardener's gifts amid the wonderful scents of hanging,
Guest : Shelley McCarthy of Herb Essence - Provides
all-natural line of hand-crafted, herbal products, grown locally without the
use of pesticides.
- 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.
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.
- From the Farm
The Donaldson's beautiful hobby farm is where Jennifer creates all her
unique work. Barn board, pine and cedar are used in her woodworking
which has an aged, rustic appeal. Bentwood trellises and arbours, folk art,
dried flowers and even fresh vegetables are available. For picnicking, BBQ and
drinks will also be for sale.
Guest : Lianne Zitzelsberger with her unique and creative cement
- 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.
- Log House Perennials
Shelly and Greer invite you to visit their daylily and hosta gardens. You
will find a great variety of colours, sizes and scents. Dig your own or choose
from those already potted. Garden ornaments are also available. Shelly, a
landscape horticulturists and designer, can give planting or landscaping
- 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 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 will be happy to discuss them with you.
- The Colonial Inn Fruit Farm
PLACES TO EAT during the Rideau Rally Tour:
We grow apples, pears, plums, red and black currants, gooseberries, vegetables and herbs, in season.
Maple syrup and our own homemade
jam, jellies, pickles and
dried herbs are available seven days a week.
Various handwork, including
cross-stitch, needle point and
knitting will be on display
and for sale on the Discovery
F) North Gower Farmer's Market
M) North Gower Pizzeria
Welcome to our 8th season! We are open June 9 - October 13, Saturday mornings 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Rain or Shine! Start your morning off with our fund raising pancake breakfast (8:30-11:00) and enjoy
a special lunch at the "Market Canteen" (11:00-12:30). Come and enjoy
the Market's warm, friendly atmosphere and leave with some fresh local produce,
home baking, preserves, and handcrafted items or a fine piece of artwork. The
Market is located 200 meters west of the village on Roger Stevens's drive.
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
B) 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
6624 Main Street, North Gower
C) Rideau Restaurant
Saturday: 7:00 am -11:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
County Rd 44 at Old Highway 16, near Kemptville
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
North Gower Discovery Tour
Saturday & Sunday
September 22 & 23, 2001
9:00 am to 5:00 pm