When Were Some of the Trees Planted in Riverside Park?


Canada Jubilee Twenty Five Dollar note 1935.JPG

The Silver Jubilee Celebrations of His Majesty King George V and Her Majesty Queen Mary was held from the 6th May to 12th May 1935 .

“Why should a country regard it as a cause for rejoicing that the same sovereign has reigned for twenty-five years?”

They replied that an uninterrupted reign usually indicates a period of stability unmarked by fierce upheavals, a period during which advances have been made and victories won in various fields of national activity.


According to the newspaper archives the Silver Jubilee was celebrated in a fitting manner along with various town organizations and citizens in Canada. In Carleton Place the townsfolk joined the Parks Commission in setting out an avenue of maple trees in Riverside Park.

So in looking at some of these.. I am wondering if the trees planted in 1935 were  the row of trees along the paved path from Lake Ave West to the water treatment plant? What say you?


I remember my dad telling me that when he was a kid in the 20’s and 30’s. The beach was further up river. Just as the area known as Riverside park probably was too. The area around the present beach was an old mill. Caldwell’s I think but I’m not sure when that became the canoe club. Anyway in the upper part of the park, near the Willis’s plot there are 3 tall maples in a row with one having been cut down recently. I am a very busy guy, ha ha, but I took the time to attempt to count the rings an I came up with about 85 to 100 which would place them in the right time frame. Dan Williams

Before Riverside park, there was Caldwell’s Saw Mill. Located approximately where the beach is now, this saw mill operated from 1869 to 1891. It was later run as the Cavers Sash and Door Mill. The town purchased the property in 1904 for use as a public park. This photo was taken that same year, perhaps shortly before the building was demolished. Look across the river… nothing or barely nothing.– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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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.

2 responses »

  1. Some of those old maples were huge and came down in a violent storm or microburst quite a few years ago. Pretty sure the trees that remain would be the Silver Jubilee trees.

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