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

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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