Beautiful Carleton Place is full of history, architecture, and culture. The Seven Wonders of Carleton Place will help you find out more about our charming community and learn a little in the process! Bring your camera and walking shoes to explore every inch of historic Carleton Place and capture some memories while you’re here! Add your own wonders below!
The 7 Wonders of Carleton Place
1 – Carleton Junction
Address: 142 Franktown Road (behind the CCWG)
Carleton Junction is the newest multi-use community gathering space in our Carleton Place and a recreational hub, offering something for everyone. This park is located at the edge of downtown Carleton Place and connects to the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail. The park boasts a train-themed play structure, world-class skateboard park, and a pump track along with pavilion and washrooms. In the winter if features an outdoor skating rink. The original frame train station for Carleton Place was located at this site and it will continue to be a community hub for many years to come!
2 – Carleton Place Town Hall
Address: 175 Bridge Street
Carleton Place Town Hall is a true gem in our community. This beautiful building is situated in the heart of downtown beside the Mississippi River, a must-see destination when visiting the town. Built-in 1897, by architect George W. King, this landmark is interesting both historically and architecturally and features a fine example of the Richardsonian Romanesque style architecture. The town hall was completed in 1897 at a cost of $26,000. Today the town hall houses the local government and the town staff.
3 – Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Address: 267 Edmund Street
The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum was built in 1872 as the town hall and then later converted into the Victoria School. The building is a designated stone heritage building. The murals on the building tell its story as a town hall, the local jail, and school. During a visit, you can learn about the history of Township of Beckwith, the Town of Carleton Place, and the Mississippi River. The lumber industry, textile mills, and strong military connections are just some of the displays within the museum. Before you leave be sure to visit the beautiful flower gardens and walk the Labyrinth, located behind the Museum.
4 – Hackberry Park
Address: 91 Mill Street
Located on historic Mill Street along the Mississippi River, you’ll find Hackberry Park. The park is home to the largest grouping of Hackberry trees in eastern Ontario. They are not native to the area and are thought to have been brought here by the indigenous peoples for their medicinal qualities. We encourage you to enjoy some quiet time in the park with a blanket and picnic lunch and enjoy the view of the dam.
5 – St James Anglican Church
Address: 225 Edmund St
St James Anglican Church is a local heritage landmark built-in 1881. Featuring a steep roofline, bell tower, and stone walls, the inside of the church features a century-old pipe organ, stained-glass windows, and beamed ceilings. This oldest church in Carleton Place is still full every Sunday with worshipers.
6 – The Moore House
Address: 170 Bridge Street
Built-in the 1870’s, this building is one of the oldest log homes in all of Carleton Place. Originally it sat at the end of Moore Street (hence the name) and was moved to its present location in the spring of 2007. For many years it was home to the local general store, but now “The Moore House” is the home to the Carleton Place Chamber and the local tourism office. Come by and check out the beauty of the building, learn more about Carleton Place and enjoy the Roy Brown exhibit, a profile of our own WW1 Flying Ace!
7 – The Mississippi River
There are many vantage points in Carleton Place to enjoy the Mississippi River. The jewel of our community, the Mississippi feeds from Mackavoy Lake, north of Bon Echo Park, and runs through to the Ottawa River near Fitzroy Harbour. In Carleton Place, you can enjoy the river from viewing points on the main bridge as well as the overpass on the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail. Public parks and beaches are located on both sides of the river at Centennial and Riverside Park and a boat launch is situated at the end of Lake Avenue West. The Mississippi is well known as a mecca for anglers of every inclination, and pan-fish aplenty abide in these waters from bluegills, pike, and crappies to rock bass and large and small-mouth bass.