Which Town is More Tourist Friendly? A Photo Quiz

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Which town would Abe the Tourist visit?

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Perth? With a downtown board showing all information that a tourist or even a local citizen might need?

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Carleton Place? Where a sign has been discussed– but, since no one can agree on the shape of the sign for the last 6 months there won’t be anything going up soon.

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Perth –Where walking tours are run 7 days a week– both locals and tourists support their local Museum and pay $15 for each tour.

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Carleton Place– Where it seems only the dogs don’t ask why you are charging for the Museum walking tours or send emails. Next walking tour “Smoke on the Water” with garlic bread and bacon jam treats from Ballygiblins at the end of our tour.

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Perth- developed their waterfront

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Carleton Place- could be a goldmine attraction if developed.

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Perth –with their friendly signs

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Carleton Place Signs—

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“What do you do for fun around here?” When visitors come to your town, replies to this question can make or break their impression of your community. If you want visitors to come back again — and say nice things about your town to others who might come, too — you need to have some good answers at the ready.

With a broad perspective of community, start counting the things in your area that will appeal to visitors, including:

  • Beautiful or intriguing scenes in nature, including geology and wildlife;
  • Fun things to do outdoors;
  • Places to get to know local history and culture;
  • Chances to see and interact with local art and artists;
  • Festivals and events that celebrate local history, culture, harvest time, foods, music, or celebrities;
  • Built attractions, such as monuments, amusement parks, zoos, or theme parks
  • Local businesses and retail stores where visitors can shop or be pampered.
  • “You really need to put yourself in your visitors’ shoes—“Why would they want to come to your community? What would be appealing or interesting enough to get them to travel your way? And what would make them stay awhile longer?”

After going to Perth today to packed streets and shopping people– Carleton Place really needs to do something about their outlook on tourism. 

Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

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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  1. Perth is a very nice town and definitely better prepared for visitors, BUT, I believe that Carleton Place can be every bit as nice and is in many ways. Our market is as good as anywhere that I’ve seen, the down town is very nice, but certainly could use some improvement. Remember that Taxes might be higher in Perth?? don’t know.

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