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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Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News


About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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