Did You Know we had a %^&* Creek in Carleton Place?





Last night we had a real round table discussion about Happy Valley on The Tales of Carleton Place. But, as I keep telling everyone, we will not get down to the bottom of things until we keep dishing around the pickle barrel.

Peter Redden thought  the Neelin Street area was called Happy Valley, and boy everyone was set straight pretty quickly, and that is what I like. Happy Valley will always be off Townline, but  now we have the new facts that the Neelin Street area was once called Treasure Valley as Wendy LeBlanc told us:

Wendy LeBlancLinda, When I was a kid in the 50s to mid-60s, the area know as Happy Valley was the area along Carleton and Lanark Streets north of the Town Line. Many hard-working families lived there – the Dugdales, Percys, Gilbaults, Bairds, Omearas; Thompsons, Flynns – and I remember going to Victoria and Prince of Wales Schools with kids from all of those families. My father – who grew up on Campbell Street – referred to the area that is now in the arena property as Treasure Valley; I recall walking the area that was not covered by the town dump (currently the ball fields in front of the arena) with Dad and particularly remember a pear tree growing there.

We have to also love my gal Joann Voyce and her remarks that that particular area was called SH1T CREEK as the sewage plant drained around there. I don’t think I will ever ever forget that one.

Peter Redden added his thoughts and especially noted were the veterans of Carleton Place:

“The memories of a child, 50 years later.  I remember both places now: Happy and Treasure, when I lived there.  I suspect the gobsmack is about our vets. and I truly remember them as left behind and then seeing them on Remembrance Day with their blazers and medals.  I was heart broken as an 8 year old.  But that was a reality of everywhere.”


If you have other memories, please add them



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.

4 responses »

  1. While growing up in Carleton Place we did know the area east of Neelin Street as Happy Valley. We were also aware of a section off the Town Line that was similarly known but as kids we knew where the real Happy Valley was!!!


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