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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?

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



I am a huge fan of the book and the film Wild that starred Reece Witherspoon. Each year when I would journey to Oakland I would visually follow some of  the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail through the window of the train. I imagined myself trekking on that treasured pathway through some of the most outstanding scenic terrain in the United States. Beginning in southern California at the Mexican border, the PCT travels a total distance of 2,650 miles through California, Oregon, and Washington until reaching the Canadian border. BUT-not everything is in the United States.

Did you know we have an Ottawa Carleton Trailway?


The Ottawa Carleton Trailway which is part of the Trans Canada Section is a 19.3 mile trail located near Ottawa, Ontario. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing & walking. They are well groomed and maintained trails, that offer a variety of difficulty levels.  Horses are also able to use this trail.


From Riding the Ottawa-Carleton Trailway— Michael McGoldrick —October, 2007.

From Stittsville, it is 23 kilometres to downtown Carleton Place, and you will be cycling on the Ottawa-Carleton Trailway. The ride is pleasant enough, but like many trails that have been converted from old railway lines, it is very straight, and variations in the scenery are somewhat limited. There is an open air interpretative centre on a wooden deck that overlooks a swamp not far from Stittsville, but there are few other points of any great interest.

For the first five or six kilometres after leaving Stittsville the trail passes through a wooded area that seems to be in the middle of nowhere. A little further, it runs next to land used for a firing range. It can be a little unnerving to see signs warning people about the firing range and the need to stay on the trail. (Gun shots can sometimes be heard in the distance.) We can only assume that the firing range is set up in such a way so that no one is shooting in the direction of the trail. Later on, the trail runs next to a golf club, which is nice, since golf balls are a lot less dangerous than bullets. Read more here…..

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” Tolkien

Take a walk on the wild side and hike or bike to Carleton Place


Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum..