So Where Was the Ice Palace?



This week I found some great social notes about the Almonte Ice Palace. No one really seems to know much about it even though it was the place to go a very long time ago. Michael Rickley-Lancaster, curator of The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, thought that it was on *’Coleman’s  island’ in Almonte. So I searched and searched and today I found out he was absolutely right.

In the history of the Almonte Curling Club it said:

1905-A new two-sheet structure was built onto the end of the old hockey rink on Coleman’s Island. This building was condemned around 1941. Did you also know that the Almonte Curling Club played on various locations on the Mississippi River, the main one being near the fairgrounds on Water Street?


January 6, 1911– Almonte Gazette


5ea24c6b3e9c8bac9f2f1e52d0910851.jpg     The electric lights at the skating rink have been placed on the commercial line, with the result that the lights are right up to the mark in every respect, and both skaters and hockeyists are extremely pleased.

5ea24c6b3e9c8bac9f2f1e52d0910851.jpg    While skating at the rink last Thursday evening Mr. H. B. Lumsden, teller in the Bank of Montreal here, fell on the ice, fracturing some of the small bones in his left wrist. The injury necessitated a week’ s enforced  holidays for Mr. Lumsden at his home in Ottawa.

5ea24c6b3e9c8bac9f2f1e52d0910851.jpg    The Almonte Rink Company have time to induce others to keep a tab on what young people want, and this historic old town has decided that the skaters must have music and are now negotiating with a Montreal firm for the instillation of an electrically driven organ which will render the latest dreamy waltzes at a moments notice.


Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

5ea24c6b3e9c8bac9f2f1e52d0910851    Notwithstanding the fact that Carleton Place has a skating rink– a large number from the junction town attend the Almonte Ice Palace. The drive over is no doubt some inducement, but some say that the walking to Almonte is good too.


5ea24c6b3e9c8bac9f2f1e52d0910851   The innovation introduced by the Messrs. Gemmill at the Davis House (Almonte House) of furnishing light lunch, sandwiches, hot tea and coffee seems to be meeting with the favour of the public. Farmers and their wives, or families driving to town find it convenient to drop in and have a lunch in a comfortable room.

Many sleighing parties to and from from Carleton Place find it a nice place for a light supper. After-rink parties from the Almonte Ice Palace are finding it all right for a cup of tea or coffee or hot Bovril before going home.  The idea is a good one, and should be encouraged, as it is filling a want created with the advent of local option.






The old Almonte arena in the photo above stood where the new one now stands. Linda Nilson- Rogers believes the old roof caved in so they built a new one.  She said that the best thing was Fred Larose running the Canteen! He was a nice man and he would let the kids take extra creamers for your hot chocolate.

They also had these long heaters by the stands that roasted you in front while your butt froze!



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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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