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Small Town Snapshot: Life in Carleton Place

Carleton Place is a thriving town on the Mississippi River in Lanark County, just 45 minutes from Ottawa. The town’s proud military and industrious industry, closeness to nature, and small-town charm, make it a great place to call home. If you want the perfect balance between city and country living, Carleton Place has everything you need to raise a family, build a career, or settle down. If you're thinking of moving to Carleton Place, or just want to take a weekend visit, here are some of the must see and do sights, shops, and restaurants in the area:

The Sights

Original Post Office

This historic building was constructed in 1892-97 by the federal government and housed the village post office and customs office. The architect was Thomas Fuller, the architect of the parliament buildings in Ottawa. Take a walk down Bridge Street to see this and several other Carleton Place landmarks, including the Carleton Place Town Hall, Moore House, and the Grand Hotel.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Learn more about the history of Carleton Place at the Beckwith Heritage Museum. The building served as the town hall for 90 years until 1969 and now features permanent exhibits with over 10,000 artifacts telling the story of settlement in the area and chronicling the town's history. This year the museum is celebrating its 40th anniversary! When you visit, don't forget to take a walk through the outdoor grass labyrinth.

The Murals of Carleton Place

Take a walk through Carleton Place to see 16 murals depicting the town's history. See artistic depictions of iconic figures and motifs representing Carleton Place, from vintage advertisements to famous battles and local industries.

The Shops

Carleton Place Farmers Market

Every Saturday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, you can explore the Carleton Place Farmers Market. The market is full of local vendors offering everything from homemade jams, fresh produce, baked goods, and animal products. The market opened in 1991 with only a few farmers and has since grown into a thriving community marketplace and gathering hub.

Little Love's Co.                                                                                               

Indulge your creative side at this local shop filled with handmade goods. Stop here for one of a kind clothing, home décor, furniture, gifts, and more!

Et Cetera Home

Looking to redecorate? Pick up something new for your home from this local shop. They specialize in reinvented antique and vintage items. As they say, "these aren't your family's hand-me-downs!" If you're looking for décor with flair and personality, don't miss visiting Et Cetera Home.

Stop by this gourmet grocer for a selection of locally and regionally sourced fine foods. More than just a grocery store, this is a place where those who love food can gather to share stories and recipes in a warm environment.

The Restaurants

The Good Food Company

You can't miss the striking purple exterior of this historic pharmacy building, now the Good Food Company coffee shop. This local favourite uses locally grown ingredients and a revolving menu to highlight seasonal treats. If you're planning a visit, phone reservations are highly recommended!

Stalwart Brewing Company

This brewing company has a wide range of beer options with an equally wide variety of inspiration behind the names. When you visit, don't forget to ask for the stories behind some of their most popular selections.

Get in touch with us and we can help you make Carleton Place home. Rent a new home in Jackson Ridge and enjoy small town life just 45 minutes from Ottawa.

The new subdivision is surrounded by established streets in the southwest area of Carleton Place. These townhouses are just minutes away from the Mississippi River where you have access to a public boat launch and beach.

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