What Justin Bieber is Missing by Not Coming to Carleton Place


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The Canadian pop singer cancelled Saturday’s scheduled Beachclub party, a week after reality TV star Kylie Jenner’s party at the same locale in Montreal.

Oh well, Justin won’t be flying over Carleton Place. But, where can you go to have a great picnic in Carleton Place? The sky is the limit– trust me— and Justin is missing out. Montreal over Carleton Place? No way!! The views in Carleton Place are always a picnic!

All you celebrities reading this out there just remember— Carleton Place is paparazzi free!!! Unless you count our beloved photographer Bob McDonald!



“The Secret Trail Walk” as I call it.– Choose a direction out of the two choices, and enjoy the beauty. Just a little over to the left in Centennial Park is where the old floating bridge of Carleton Place existed so the workers didn’t have to walk out of their way to work at the Hawthorne Mill. This park was once Abner Nicols Lumber yard and McRostie’s farm. Carleton Place built this park in 1967, to celebrate the 100th birthday of Canada becoming a country. On the North side of the Mississippi River, Centennial Park includes a place to swim, picnic, play ball or use the playground.










Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–Who knew? It’s the best kept secret when you just need to get out of the office and breathe in some fresh air.

The first project of the Carleton Place and District Horticultural Society when it formed in 1988 was the transformation of the hard-packed cinder playground into this lovely oasis on the north side of town. The Garden is designed, planted and maintained by the Horticultural society members who donate plants from their own gardens along with their time and gardening talents. Take a few moments to relax under the vine-covered trellis and view the original Carleton Place horse-watering trough, now a delightful planter. Then wander through the 20th Anniversary Celebration arbour and hedge to visit the Community Gardens Project.

Then everyone can wander the labyrinth in the back.  A labyrinth is a circular path, an ancient spiral symbol that has been used for over 4000 years. A labyrinth’s path guides a participant to its centre and back out again. Unlike a maze, the labyrinth holds no tricks or dead ends. The walker is free to focus on a thought, a prayer, or simply enjoy the walk itself. Walking a labyrinth has been used for centuries to support healing, meditation and personal growth.







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1950’s postcard captioned “Relaxing on the Mississippi River in the Heart of Carleton Place” (near the Findlay boat house) from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.

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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