Town of Carleton Place

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Winning tastes of Carleton Place

Life really IS better on the river. Whet your Olympic appetite in the paddling culture of Canada’s Mississippi River, a waterway that has made Carleton Place a natural draw for decades, and home to the oldest continuously operating Canoe Club in Canada.

Early settlers chose this site for the waterfall, where mills were built attracting textile and lumber industries. When the post office was constructed in 1829, the area was named Carleton Place after a square in Glasgow, Scotland. The community grew to great success once the railway arrived later in the century. 

Make a Memory

  • Bask in an edible and architectural experience with the top-rated Bites on Bridge Street food tour, highlighting historic gems such as the Wool Growers’ round house, the magnificent Grand Hotel, and the original Post Office designed by celebrated architect, Thomas Fuller
  • Learn the stories of world famous legends such as Captain Roy Brown, Stompin’ Tom, the Ballygiblin Riots and the Findlay Foundry through 16 hand-painted murals
  • Try a prized craft beer by Stalwart Brewing Company or Braumeister Brewing Company
  • Tickle your taste buds at the Farm to Fork dinner, at the seasonal farmers’ market, or visit Carleton Junction where the “friendship oven” can deliver stone-baked goodness
  • Treat a bride, and shop where good taste shines at Sinders Bridal House or Renewed with Love Bridal Boutique
  • Feast your eyes on the scenery along the Mississippi Riverwalk Trail, Riverside Park, or Roy Brown Park
  • Indulge your inner child at Carleton Junction, or at Kidsworld indoor trampoline park
  • Experience the annualLambs Down Park Festival or spend an afternoon visiting the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum to find out more about Carleton Place’s rich (and woolly) history
  • Capture Carleton Place’s photo worthy landmarks

 Did you know? More than 3 million pounds of raw wool is graded each year in Carleton Place.

Throughout its history, the Mississippi River has made Carleton Place an attractive place to settle, and it continues to draw people here today for its beauty, commerce & way of life.

Life really IS better on the river. Launch your boat or canoe and take in the scenery. Take a stand up paddle board lesson. Cast a line and catch a bass, walleye or pike. The Mississippi Riverwalk nature trail is the perfect place for a bike ride or a walk with your dog.

Enjoy a meal and a local craft beer on one of the many outdoor patios. Many restaurants and cafes have menu items that use Lanark County maple syrup. Local breweries offer tastings and a can shop so you can take your favourite home with you.

It is perhaps the ideal place to find your wedding dress, as Carleton Place is home to three of Ontario’s top bridal shops. Fulfill your Pinterest rustic, country dream wedding board at one of our boutique wedding venues.

Experience “Wine’d around downtown”, the annual Lambs Down Festival or spend an afternoon visiting the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum to find out more about the rich history of Carleton Place.

Museum:  Spend an afternoon visiting the Carleton Place and BeckwithCP Beckwith Museum Heritage Museum to find out more about the rich history of Carleton Place. Built in 1872 as the original town hall, the building was home to the community offices, an upstairs meeting hall and a jail. Within six years there was a shortage of school space in town and after much heated debate the building was converted to the Victoria School. It remained in operation until 1969.

Signature Event: Lambs Down Park Festival

Suggested itinerary: 48 Hours in Carleton Place

Places to see: 11 Photo Worthy Landmarks

Links to relevant sites:
Carleton Place Farmers Market
Carleton Place BIA
Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce

Town of Carleton Place
175 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, ON, K7C2V8
Tel: 613-257-6200