North Gower Township, Ontario

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Stevens Creek running through North Gower.

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.[1] At one time, there was also a South Gower Township.

CHAPTER XXI. SOUTH GOWER. THIS township received its name in consequence of being a triangular piece of land (gore), hence Gower. [2] 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).[3]


  • 1850 Robert Craig
  • 1862 David Beggs
  • 1864 Robert Craig, Jr.
  • 1865 William Cowan
  • 1870 James Wallace
  • 1876 John Craig
  • 1894 William Bell
  • 1897 n/a
  • 1907 Nicholas Leach
  • 1919 W. Alexander Wallace
  • 1923 Howard Craig
  • 1953 Horace Seabrook
  • 1960 Howard Perkins
  • 1965 Ferguson Pratt

See also[edit]

  • List of townships in Ontario


  • Carleton Saga, Harry & Olive Walker (1968)
  1. ^ Turcotte, Bobbi (May 29, 1985). "North Gower". Ottawa Citizen. pp. B8. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  2. ^ History of Leeds and Grenville Ontario, : from 1749 to 1879, with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers THAD. W. H. LEAVITT
  3. ^ Population calculated by combining populations of two census tracts: 5050200.02 and 5050201.00

Coordinates: 45°09′N 75°41′W / 45.150°N 75.683°W / 45.150; -75.683

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