One of the 7 Wonders in Carleton Place


“Just what makes that little ole ant 

Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant? 

Anyone knows an ant can’t 

Move a rubber tree plant.” 


Enjoying a discussion the other day at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum, I found out something I had never known about Carleton Place. Local icon Blaine Cornell, told me about one the  “7 Wonders of Carleton Place”. Apparently, just around the bend on High Street towards Highway 7 there was a local attraction called “The Rubber Tree”.

It wasn’t a real rubber tree, but more of a tree full of bicycle inner tubes people tossed on the branches. As I stood on High Street taking pictures this week, I tried to imagine what it looked like. Even Google Image had nothing I would consider close.

Does anyone remember it, and are there still pictures around?

I have something in my backyard that is kind of a wonder. Last year while cleaning up debris, we uncovered a tree that had eaten a bicycle. That’s right, it is now part of the tree growth, and it can only be removed by a saw.  In Europe they charge big bucks to come visit a similar bicycle, but I am just going to leave it there, so it can become the 8th Wonder of Carleton Place:)


Carleton Place- The Happiest Damn Town in Lanark County

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Tilting the Kilt, Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place by Linda Seccaspina is available at Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street, the Carleton Place Beckwith Museum in Carleton Place, Ontario and The Mississippi Valley Textile Mill in Almonte.  available on all Amazon sites (Canada, US, Europe) and Barnes and Noble

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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