Really? Really? How Well Do You Know Your Town?





I saw this question and comments on a very popular internet site and thought I would share– I didn’t make any of this up. Is this the best we have to share with people coming to town?

Please note: I did not edit any of the answers, as I was too busy shaking my head.

The Question

So, what can we expect when we move to Carleton Place in the next few weeks? Who should be our internet provider? Good place to pick up a meal on the way home when we don’t feel like cooking? What about a place or two for date night? Best local beer? Is there some sort of board gaming club in the area? Go / no go areas of town? Where do you do your groceries (besides Costco in Kanata)?

The Answers:

Answer 1

National Capital Freenet for internet, The shawarma place on bridge street is good for I don’t wanna cook nights, we also have most of the other chain restaurants.

For date night there is car show at the farmers market every Wednesday night in the summer and a few at the beach. The best restaurant in town is St. James Gate.

Everyone just goes to the moose for beer there are a few other bars and they all have various events and such. There are 3 grocery stores, Wal-mart, price choppers and fresh-co so take your pick. That’s about all I can help you with, good luck I hope you didn’t buy one of those houses they built on a swamp.

Answer 2

We don’t have a price choppers, but we have Walmart, Fresh-Co and Independent for groceries, as I’m sure you’ve noticed driving by on the highway. There are 100 Chinese places, they all taste relatively similar. We also have 100 pizza places, Milano and Dominoes are my favourites. There isn’t much downtown, but I’m sure you’ve noticed. Great place to live if you have a boat though.

Answer 3

A couple of options: Low key; St James Gate on Bridge Street is an awesome Irish pub. Upscale-ish I’ve heard that Ballygiblins is now a fancy place but haven’t been. If you’re looking for more food than you can eat at a cheap price and good food hit up the gourmet on the highway. It’s an old school small town/truck stop restaurant. Good food. Great prices and you’ll be taking some home.

Best local beer: Ever since they stopped brewing Hart beer in Carleton Place I don’t know of any local beers. Sorry.

Author’s Note-By this point my screams can be heard all over town, and I am screaming,”Stalwarts, Stalwarts!” and silently throwing in: “the new restaurant’s name is Chesswood!” I scroll down and find inner peace when I read the next answer.

Answer 4-

Stalwart Beer is really good.



Places you can find out information

The town of Carleton Place

Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce

Downtown BIA

Welcome Wagon

OR —you can email me and I would be thrilled to give you any information, or put you in touch with the right people.


Related reading:

Related Armchair Reading in Carleton Place

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

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

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place–I Threw Away my Candy at The Ginger Cafe Part 3

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 4–Stepping Back in Time

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 5–Fly Me to the Moon

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place– Wooly Bully!!!! Part 6


Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place- What are Baseball Bats Used for in Movies? Part 7

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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