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The Roundhouse Lambs Down and The Man Cave at Beckwith Park by air





Photos by the Sky Pilots of Carleton Place- Bill and Carole Flint

Lambs Down last weekend.. at the Woolgrowers Roundhouse

A roundhouse is a building used by railroads for servicing locomotives. Roundhouses are large, circular or semicircular structures that were traditionally located surrounding or adjacent to turntables. The defining feature of the traditional roundhouse was the turntable, which facilitates access when the building is used for repair facilities or for storage of steam locomotives.

Early steam locomotives normally travelled forwards only; although reverse operations capabilities were soon built into locomotive mechanisms, the controls were normally optimized for forward travel, and the locomotives often could not operate as well in reverse. Some passenger cars, such as observation cars, were also designed as late as the 1960s for operations in a particular direction. A turntable allowed a locomotive or other rolling stock to be turned around for the return journey.



Canadian Co-Operative Wool Growers (Old CPR Roundhouse and Shop)

Built in: 1872    Architect: unknown

The railway constructed a large stone roundhouse and machine shop at Carleton Place in 1872, and continued to use this location until 1939. Since 1940, the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers have occupied the old roundhouse. Come and enjoy railway memorabilia, the Real Wool Shop Boutique and the tack/western clothing equestrian centre--Heritage Carleton Place




The Man Cave Show at Beckwith Park


The Man Cave Show at Beckwith Park

Related reading:

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now Carleton Place- We’ve Got the Groove!

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place– Wooly Bully!!!! Part 6


Sky Pilots stories


Did You Know? An Island was Once Not an Island

The Whistle Stop at the end of Lake Ave East

Glen Isle and Appleton by Air-The Sky Pilots of Carleton Place

Saturday in Carleton Place Photographed by our Sky Pilots Bill and Carole Flint

Aerial Shots of Carleton Place Cares -Carole and Bill Flint – Sky Pilots of Carleton Place

Tales from Arklan Island–Odds and Ends

Tales From Arklan Island –The Midnight Heist

So What Happened Down at the Power Plant One Dark and Stormy Night?

Aerial Images of the Old Cold War Barracks Fire-Carole and Bill Flint

Today We Need Your Help!— Come Hungry!



Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place– Wooly Bully!!!! Part 6



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Photo- the gals and a gent on the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce tour of Carleton Place– come along with us today to see the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers 





Photo Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



Have you ever visited the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers company in Carlton Place?  It is an amazing place located in the old Canadian Pacific Railway workshop and roundhouse, which was used  by the railway from 1890 till 1939. The WoolGrowers Co-operative moved into the building in 1940. They process over three million pounds of wool every year and we should be proud that we as the town of Carleton Place are the only people that process wool in Canada. That’s right-all the wool come here!




For more than 70 years, 142 Franktown Road in Carleton Place has been the go-to place for wool! In 1940 the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited purchased a large, limestone building from the Canadian Pacific Railway.












The quality check man. He is the lone wolf for quality control. Can you imagine examining raw wool all day long?



Right next door is the The Real Wool Shop

Real Wool Shop supplies the discerning consumer with wool related products for men and women of all ages, from wool underwear to sheepskin slippers to coats. Seasonal fashion clothing is also available year round. The yarn department is a treat for all knitters from beginners to experienced.






The Real Wool Shop Facebook page

Wool Shop Contact

Contact Information

Phone: 613-257-2714
Email: woolshop @ wool.ca
Location: 142 Franktown Rd, Carleton Place, ON K7C 3P3

Store Hours

Weekdays: 9:30 to 6:00
Saturday: 9:30 to 5:00
Sunday: 11:00 to 5:00


Today’s photo is of workers taking a break at the CPR Engine Repair Shops. Built in 1890 as a round house and repair shop for the Canadian Pacific Railway, it employed about 200 workers. After operations were moved to Smiths Falls, the building was purchased by the Canadian Cooperative Woolgrowers. Iron tracks from the turntable in the roundhouse were sold as scrap to help the war effort in 1940. Can you help us identify any of these men?–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 1–Bud’s Taxi

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 2–A Snack and a View

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place–I Threw Away my Candy at The Ginger Cafe Part 3

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 4–Stepping Back in Time

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 5–Fly Me to the Moon


Related Wool Reading

So How Much Time Do You Get for Stealing Wool?

Before The Carleton Place Mews?

Carleton Place Wins Prizes for their Wool!

“Wear Your Woolens Ladies” — says The Carleton Place Canadian


Jennifer Fenwick Irwin–second photo
This photo shows the water tower located near the corner of the engine repair shops (now the Woolgrowers building). Photo from the collection of The Museum of Science and Technolog

Are You a Busker? Lambs Down is Looking for You!




What is a busker?

Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places–though “busking” is particularly associated with singing or playing music. Are you a busker? 

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Lambs Down is calling your name if you are!! Call Cathie today 

Address: 136 Bridge Street, Carleton Place, ON K7C 2V8



Where’s Doug Black? Lambs Down Carleton Place


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“So, have you seen Doug Black lately Linda? What’s he up to?”

“No idea, but I should check- who knows where he’s at,” said Lindadoug4

Why is it any time I write about something in this god forsaken county I have to maneuver some sort of trail?


These Carleton Place equestrians were on the lookout too! They were going to head him off at the pass!


Local artist Jade Armstrong had not seen him either.


Nobaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaady’s seen him Sparkle the sheep said.


I am lost for words said the tarot card reader as she threw her hands up into the air.


The Canadian Gazette reporters had not seen him either.


Allie Winter from the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market was dishing out her frosty fresh treats– but Doug had not been by.


Ken Strangway from the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market was flipping his delicious food, but Doug had not been by to sample yet.


I think he bought a ticket for the quilt raffle said Jennifer Fenwick irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. Have you bought yours? You can buy them at the Museum!


I finally caught up to him and the rumour is that– no one can recognize him these days as he has been working out.

Hi Doug!

Author’s note—I have seen Doug many times but I do not recognize him. People that know me know that I have an issue with names and faces etc. after the stroke I had. That is just the way it is.That is one of the reason why I write-I am afraid to forget. Saturday Doug said,”Why don’t you ever say hello to me?” I explained why. So now after doing this blog I won’t look like such a putz LOL– or maybe it is because he has been working out.LOL

Know your Carleton Place councilman.

Doug is a long time resident of council who previously served two terms of council from 1980 to 1982 and 1982 to 1985 under Mayor Melba Barker. Doug is now retired after spending 30 years in the both the telecommunications industry and IT consulting industry to the federal government in Ottawa.

Spending time at his cabin located on Snow Road at the headwaters of the beautiful Mississippi River.

Community Vision:
Doug has assumed an active role as Chairman of Planning and Protection Committee, member of Police Services Board, River Corridor Committee and MVCA. Doug is also engaged in the Economic Development Committee.
Doug is pursuing a well balanced community for all residents with an objective to improve everyones quality of life. Doug is cognitive of the impact to our tax rate particularly as it affects those on fixed incomes.

Related reading on those who run our town of Carleton Place

Was Jerry Flynn the Real Easter Bunny? The Carleton Place Bunny Run 2015