Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 1–Bud’s Taxi




Today is Part 1 in a new series called Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place. We have a great town and we need to explore it. What if somebody comes from out of town and asks you what they can do in Carleton Place? We as a collective group of Citizens need to keep on top of this and spread the history about the folks in our town that keep the wheels going round.

 If you have anything to add, or places that should be in this series, then please tell me so we can write about it.




Bud’s Taxi

When I was a small child, a very very very long time ago, my grandfather used to take us everywhere in a taxi cab as he stopped driving after an accident. Granted things were way cheaper years ago,  but we saw a great part of the countryside we had never seen before via a taxi cab.  

I can remember my grandfather taking the whole family, and introducing the cousins from England to the great state  of Vermont one long weekend in July in a taxi cab. I know things like that don’t really happen today, especially crossing the border in such a vehicle, but I feel that I should give a big shout-out to Bud’s taxi service for all they do shuttling people  around our great town.

If there is anyone who knows anything about the town of Carleton Place that would be Bud’s.  Last winter my friend Marsha came to visit me from Florida. It was bitterly cold out and she had a hard time dealing with the temperature. One of the few times I could get her out was to see a Mudd’s performance, and after that she vowed she wasn’t going out of the house until she went back to the airport.


Upon her return to Orlando she told me a funny story about the kindness that came from Bud’s Taxi Service when she was on her way back to the airport. Marsha told the driver she had been cold ever since she had stepped off the plane from Florida. Immediately  the driver raised the heat and she said by the time they got to Ottawa he was sweating buckets.  Concerned, she told him to lower the heat. Caring about her comfort he declined, and that is just the type of people who work for Bud’s.


We don’t have any tour buses in Carleton Place, and Bud’s is the closest thing we have to being transport ambassadors in our town. That particular driver left a lasting impression with Marsha about the kind of folks that live in our town, and that is what we want for Carleton Place.

It’s the gift that keeps on giving– to make it the place we want it to be to show off proudly to everyone.



About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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