The Village of Fitzroy Harbour was established in the early 1800s by the pioneering Sheriff Family. Fitzroy Harbour was a different place then. Situated on the busy Ottawa River “highway” at the foot of Chats Falls, folks travelling north would stay overnight in one of several Fitzroy Harbour hotels. After taking in the atmosphere at one of the many saloons, they would engage a stagecoach ride to Arnprior where they would board another boat on the way north.
In the early 1930’s Hydro began building the Fitzroy Power Station (also known as Chats Falls Power Station) and this brought hydro workers to the village that spurred new growth.
Fitzroy Harbour Now — A Modern Village
Today, Fitzroy Harbour is a family-oriented community of approximately 650 people, comprised of a mix of professionals, tradesmen and artisans. There is a general store, school and several stone churches (United, Anglican and Catholic).
Other Fitzroy Harbour Features
Community centre, banquet hall, lighted baseball diamonds, soccer fields, outdoor rink, basketball courts, and an active community organization.
St Michael’s Catholic School (Grade 1-8)
Harbour General Store, includes Canada Post Office and LCBO
Fitzroy Harbour City of Ottawa Fire Station
Public Boat Launch — Boat for over 30 km on the Ottawa River
Fitzroy Provincial Park offers overnight camping, shower services, concerts in the park, sandy beaches, and more. Local Villagers enjoy their own walking access at the end of Kedey St.
12 mins to Arnprior for shopping, restaurants and hospital
12 mins to Carp
25 mins to Kanata North Technology Park and Morgan’s Grant