Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 2–A Snack and a View


Today is Part 2 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 and our beautiful locations 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.


Today, let’s bring our family, friends and tourists to Riverside Park



On your way to Riverside Park at the end of Lake Ave West drop into The Old Towne Bakery at 73 Lake Ave West to buy freshly made sandwiches, and big cookies.  Or choose from one of their  many special sweet treats, or buy some fresh bread to make sandwiches.



You can hear the call of the wild already from Cathy on your way to Riverside Park.




Once upon a time Riverside Park at the end of Lake Ave West was an iconic Carleton Place waterfront location that was once the home to the Caldwell Sawmill and then horse shows that people from all over  Lanark County came to participate in. It once housed a grandstand for the visiting circuses and it was THE place to be.

Did you know the old Willis Settler Burial ground is there too?




Now the Riverside Park is a tranquil place where the air is cooler, and the beams of sunlight peak through the trees. On the weekends you can hear the laughter of small children running about on the play structures, the bark of a dog in the distance,  and the scraping sound of a jogger’s sneakers. There young and older couples and families are having a picnic under a shady tree, and it is great park to spend time with the family near the rivers edge.

Wouldn’t be nice to have an amphitheatre there? Just saying…..:)





Did you know you can “dock & walk” in Downtown Carleton Place?

You can travel by water to Carleton Place’s downtown from the public boat launch at the west end of Lake Avenue, public docking at Riverside Park OR across from the Town Hall on Bridge Street.—-Downtown Carleton Place BIA

Find out more about the walkability of the Downtown on our website.



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

Lorne Hart– The Old Towne Bakery — A Recipe is Just a Recipe


RELATED READING about Riverside Park

Is Carleton Place Really Meeting People on the Mississippi?

Whatcha’ Talkin Bout Willis? — This Old House in Carleton Place

Let’s Build Cabins at Riverside Park!

Just Beat It! Carnival Riot in Carleton Place at Riverside Park

The Horses of Carleton Place– Wonder if they ever had a Merlin?

So What Did You Do in Riverside Park?

When the Circus came to Carleton Place

Tug of War 1970’s Riverside and Centennial Park Carleton Place

Only Two Gaps to Jump! Only Two Gaps!




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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