Photo —Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum “the Canoe Club (shown here with the Rustic Inn in the late 1950’s”
Llew Loyd saw this recent picture of the old old canoe club from the museum which showed a building called The Rustic Inn beside it . He questioned the date on it so he forwarded it to a friend of his for his comments. Here’s his reply:
“It’s not the late 50’s, maybe the late 40’s or early 50’s. I started paddling out of the white building in 1956, and the Inn was not there then. But, the inn was at one time if you remember the white concrete posts that used to define parking area, they were the supports for the Inn itself.
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. Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
The new club house, (now the old one) was probably almost on the site of the old one, it was a planing mill I believe, at one time, and had very steep ramps getting down to and up from the water, made for slippery going on some days”.
Dale Costello– I paddled for the CPCC back in the 50’s and well remember the beautiful Rustic Inn next door. There was a hot dog and ice cream stand nearby.
When I met Lyle Dillabough’s mother she told me all about The Rustic Inn and the great hamburgers they had there.
So I am looking for a date it existed and memories. Leave it in the comment section or drop me a line at email@example.com with stories.
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