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Glory Days in Carleton Place -Wesley Parsons


collagebikers.jpgPhotos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage MuseumExplore Ontario by Bike- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum –these postcards below are also available for sale on the Delcampe Auction site.


Author’s Note–I read this wonderful essay on Facebook today by Wesley Parsons and he has graciously allowed me to share this with you. I also found some great postcards of Carleton Place also on an auction site that I posted along with the essay. Thank you Wesley!


Canada Day in CP is always a hustle bustle kind of day. When the sun is shining and the weather is right, there are thousands down at the park. This year was no exception, the rains slowed it down a bit here and there, but overall, a great day. My son is 12 now and has recently claimed all of Carleton Place as his biking home turf. He’ll leave from our place over near Notre Dame High School and head to Arklan or to friends on Mississippi or Crampton, or wherever. He’ll explore the town with his friends and come home with tales of discoveries.



Explore Ontario by Bike- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


“Did you know there’s a museum in town?”

“We found a path that was dirt and went for miles and it came out, and we were still in town.”



When I was young, that’s how the town was, all of it was home, not just our street, or our neighborhood but the whole town. Heck, at least once a summer we’d bike the back roads to Almonte for an Ice cream at Peterson’s. Folks say it was ‘safer’ back then and ‘smaller’ and a ‘different time’, but now I’m not so sure.



My boy was supposed to check in after being gone for 3 hours on Canada Day and at the agreed on time, I drove down to the park to find him. After 40 minutes of hunting around, getting madder by he minute, I gave up and came home. I decided he could peddle his butt home. (the fact that he was home when I got here did not improve my mood but hey, at least he was home).


Arvilla Moore at Lake Park in 1920’s.


At first my wife was concerned, and we had a big talk with him about checking in on time and safety. After awhile I got to thinking about it–even though I spent 40 minutes searching for him around that park and never found him–I did find 8 people that knew who he was, what he looked like and had seen him several times already in the past couple hours, and at least that many who said they’d let him know i was looking for him when they saw him next.



My point is this, our town is getting bigger, our numbers are getting bigger, but if you stay connected and just be friendly to people, it’ll always have that small town feel, that ‘home turf’ safety feeling that we grew up with. Thanks CP!


Author’s Note–Keep smiling Carleton Place and come and smile July 9th at the Carleton Place Farmers Market. You might win a prize! As Wesley said- let’s stay connected and just be friendly with people.




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Related Reading:

Glory Days of Carleton Place-The Olde Barracks– Sharon Holtz– Part 2 

Glory Days of Carleton Place-The Olde Barracks-Canada’s Forgotten “Little Bunkers”-Leigh Gibson

Glory Days in Carleton Place-Sherri Iona (Lashley)


Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum-Frank McDiarmid on McArthur Street in 19teens.

Related stories about bikes:

Explore Ontario by Bike- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Broken Bicycles and Love– Go Conrad Go!


Biking the Ottawa-Carleton Trailway to Carleton Place —Should we Call Reece Witherspoon?

I Can’t Afford a Carriage


The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum has recently been recognized as a “bicycle friendly tourist attraction” by Ontario By Bike!

 It’s the first day of spring! Alex Taylor was ready for a springtime bike ride in 1882. He must have been proud of this bicycle, to have his portrait taken with it at Peden’s Art Studio!


Perth Courier 1899–Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Pink, after a pleasant six weeks visit with his brother(?) brothers(?) in London and Sarnia returned home on Wednesday.  The visited most of the places of interest in that district and used their bicycles for nearly all traveling from place to place.

Perth Courier, May 26, 1899

Last week Miss Jean Drummond, daughter of R.J. Drummond, manager, Bank of Montreal in this town, accompanied by her aunt Miss Drummond, of Ottawa, left on a trip to Great Britain, sailing on the steamship Lake Superior.  They took their bicycles along and intend spending at least three months on the grip a good portion of which will be spent meandering through the beautiful parts of Great Britain on their wheels.  They may also make a brief visit to the continent.

Perth Courier, 1899

Christie’s Lake:  Well, Mr. Editor, with your permission I will enter my sanctum and give you a rough account of what is going on at the lake.  R.W. and Joe Marks, May A. BellMrs. R. W. Marks and Master Georgie of Marks’ Brothers Co., #2, are enjoying a three month vacation at the lake.  They are reorganizing their company in September, either at Perth or Ogdensburg, N.Y. and will tour the western states next season, playing the large towns and cities.  Rev. Father O’Brien’s picnic at Elliott on Saturday was well patronized.  They report a good time.  His Reverence must have ordered the day as it was nice.  Mack, Ernie and Joe Marks took in the picnic at Joe Davis’ grove, Oso, given by Rev. Mr. Smith (Anglican), Sharbot Lake. Ho, for a bicycle!! What can compare to a bicycle rum from Perth to Christie’s Lake on a fine day and then cool off with a stroll over the green hills or a stretch under a nice, shady tree; or better still, a pull on the lake.  But oh! What an appetite!  Won’t you relish one of Mrs. Anderson’s wholesome dinners.



Photo by Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



Photo by Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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Tandem Quadracycle Photo-North Lanark Regional Museum
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c. 1930

This photo depicts a woman (Miss. Bellamine) with an unnamed young man on what appears to be an early bicycle at first glance. However, upon inspection this is actually a Coventry Rotary Quadracycle from 1885. When bicycles were just starting to take off, stability was a very big issue. In response to this, tricycles and quadracycles (4 wheels) gained momentum quickly in North America. This model is of note as it was one of the earliest quadracycles to incorporate bicycle-like foot pedals instead of foot levers.

Although it is not visible from this angle, there is a fourth wheel extending behind the machine, providing added stability. As bicycles became more stable, the quadracycle largely fell to disuse, however this photo from 1930 shows that if not as practical as they once were, quadracycles were still fun!


Ontario’s Version of the Marks Bros-Tales of the Queen’s Hotel