It’s hard to believe what fantastic experiences can be found only a short drive from the Nation’s Capital, the city of Ottawa. Visit Carleton Place and explore the best of both worlds, small town and big city all rolled into one fabulous community. With inspiring architecture, quality local eateries, fun attractions and a charming, small-town feel, you’ll feel like one of the locals in no time!
To help you decide what to see and do – and in what order – we’ve created a 48-hour itinerary just for you. Enjoy your visit in Carleton Place, we’re happy you came!
If you’re coming from Ottawa, take the Trans Canada Highway 7 straight into Carleton Place, a short 25-minute drive. Begin your visit in relaxed style, with a sedate stroll down Riverside Trail to Riverside Park, a scenic waterfront parkland, complete with century-old trees, picnic tables, a splash pad, park and public beach – the perfect spot to warm up to the community.
While you’re in Riverside Park you can stop in to the Carleton Place Canoe Club, the oldest continually operating club in Canada. Rent a Stand-up Paddle Board (SUP) right in the park and explore the region from an on-the-water perspective. You can make your exploration of Carleton Place a bi-pedal one, or rent a bike from the Information Centre and explore on two wheels!
It’s almost lunchtime, but don’t quit yet! Enjoy some retail therapy in downtown Carleton Place, and explore our downtown boutiques before settling in at one of our local eateries. Downtown you’ll find a number of styles of cuisine for you to try, some of which are available in restaurants with patios, or even waterfront locations.
Eat your fill during lunch but save some room for your next stop, tours of Carleton Place’s two breweries. Make your first stop at Stalwart Brewing Company, on High Street, before heading to Braumeister Brewing Co., on Bridge Street. Sample some of the Bavarian and German-inspired dishes available at Braumeister, and you’ll feel like a true German soul!
Now that you have a full belly, it’s time to wind down for some educational activities. Visit the Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum, on Edmund Street, and learn more about the history of the settling of Carleton Place, and the historical events that have shaped our community. While you’re there, pick up a self-guided walking tour brochure and embark on an exploration of our town from a historical perspective.
At the end of your day, plan to stop at The Grand Hotel on Bridge Street for a refreshing drink and a pub-style meal. Smith and Barrel is the restaurant located inside The Grand Hotel, and is a study in the beauty of architecture, and shouldn’t be missed. Inside you’ll find local brews on tap, delicious pub-inspired fare, and a friendly atmosphere that’s so much of what’s to love about Carleton Place.
It’s your second day in Carleton Place and there’s still so much to see and so much to do! Experience the tranquillity and meditative qualities of the Community Labyrinth, located behind the Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum.
This grass and paving stone seven-circuit labyrinth is a spiritual tool that dates back 4,000 years, and offers a place for people to come together to celebrate, to enjoy a meditative walk or to take time out of a busy day. What a way to unwind!
Next, visit the Roy Brown Museum & Information Centre and learn more about the famous Captain A. Roy Brown, and how he became one of Carleton Place’s historical legends. While you’re there, rent a fishing rod and spend some time at the docks behind the Information Centre, where you can cast your line and see what the catch of the day will be!
Take a break for lunch at one of the local eateries and fulfill your cravings, whatever they may be! Then head for the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers (CCWG), to find out more about the importance of wool to the community in Carleton Place, and the history of the Canadian Pacific Roundhouse there. An on-site museum is another must to fully explore Carleton Place’s woolly past.
Before you leave, check out the new park area, Carleton Junction, located behind the CCWG building for a chance to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. Next, you can choose between some additional time shopping, or you can also unwind at one of our many local spas.
If you’re in need of some pampering, then look no further. From reflexology to detox treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures, Carleton Place is home to some world-class spas that can take care of your every need.
Thank you for taking the time to explore Carleton Place! We hope you’ve enjoyed your visit and will be back again soon to build on your experiences in the past 48 hours. Safe travels!