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What did you Buy at The Dairy?

Angie BallantyneMy grandparents Naomi Loton and Gordon Langtry used to run that dairy and lived upstairs. I have an old milk bottle! 😊

The question was: Go back in time.. What are you going to buy at the Dairy today on Bridge Street?

Kevin St JeanI believe paul dulmages dog shopped there

Jo-Anne Drader NelsonWas the dog a black lab ? I remember seeing him all over town when I was young. He just went wherever he wanted. Very nice dog.

Terry LathamCould have been Duke he used to wander all over town. Stop in for a visit at some places. All I had to do is stop and ask if he wanted a drive home and he would jump in my truck if he did. Or just walk away if not.

Cathy DulmageHe stopped there every day for a treat from Mr Veenstra. Also he stopped at the bottom of Argyle St to drink from the stream every day and many other places

Paul HodginsI remember Duke in the water going after orange balls that sank but he would dive down and get them every time Amazing dog Duke was ❤🐕

Gail Sheen-MacDonaldMilkshake for my bother, sister and me, an ice cream cone for my mom and a quart of buttermilk (uggh!) for my dad.

Brian Giffin5 cent ice cream cone after church

Sandy HudsonIce cream

Leslie Garagan.25 would get me a big bag of mixed candies.

Bj LayComic books, video games, !!! Thanks Fred!!!

Janine McDonald AzzouzCandy on route to the movie at the Town Hall.

Lorraine NephinMilkshake.

Kathy DevlinA bag of penny candy or maybe be a popsicle

Mark Pyegrade 7 Carambeck,walk down and buy sweet tarts…

Linda; from Gord CrossMore Memories of the Maple Leaf Dairy–Ray Paquette2 hours
A lot of your younger followers would probably be unable to identify the people pictured on the steps, I can only name three: Ray Morrell, Isobel (Nesbit) Bryce and Joann (Waugh) Cullen….

Jo-Anne Drader NelsonIn line on a Friday night to buy a bag of mixed candy. Fred must of had a lot of patience. Every kid picking out each candy. 4 mojos ,2 blue whales etc …. Lol

Ruth Anne SchnuppDefinately an ice cream cone !

Toby RandellGrowing up, as soon as you walked in on the right was a wall of penny candies. That was the go to, but a close second would have been an ice cream cone.

Toby RandellTotally forgot the giant freezies.

Bill ConallThree-scoop ice cream cone. Fifteen cents

Shannon ToshIce cream cones

Norma JacksonTiger tail ice cream

Sonya SpurwayIce cream !!!!

Sandi Shaw

Ted HurdisPenny candy and ice cream

Donna Griersonmilkshake

Brianna Ryan1 cent candies😍

Kate HurdisCandy, marbles and pogs

Cathy PatersonPop candy ice cream

Amanda WaterfieldRenting videos games is what I remember doing

Mel StanzelI had a milkshake after finshing my paper route . milk shake made by the eldest Nesbitt girl

Tom MontreuilOrange sherbet cone and milk shake cups for drinking whiskey

nna LeMaistreChocolate milkshake 25 cents

Phil HallahanThose maple toffee cones

Jane ChurchillPenny candy and chocolate milkshakes; picking up smokes and Coca Cola for my mom when I was only about 5 or six years old 🙂

Karen Frances RintoulJane Churchill I remember going and getting Velveeta mac & cheese and the popcorn you shake on top of the stove and then going to your place. I don’t even know how old I was.

Kimberly Townend-WillettsI loved the smell, I can still remember it even though I was 2 years old.

Heather DormanFuzzy peaches from the 5cent candies because I’m a high roller 😂I once tried to buy candies with my moms silver dollar and he called my mom 😅

Yvonne RobillardOmg, moved here 1983 but visited from 1980,didn’t recognize the dairy, but did get ice cream there from fred veenstra!

Phyllis BensonIce cream cone

Joanna LucianoPre-scoop tools; remember the cylindrical shaped ice cream portion set in the cone??

Jeff RobertsonVideo games. Bigfoot candies and always shooting the shit with the owners!

Bonnie AdamsI could always get a Saturday Citizen there on Sunday

Angela BigrasIce cream

Sandra DakersYou’d be surprised what a big bag of candy you could get for 10 cents

Beth NolanMy grandparents lived o Heriotte Street..my grandfather and I went to the Dairy after supper and got ice cream cones for each of us, for my grandmother and Uncle Allan….I use to run down to buy milk if my grandmother needed some…..then I’d go to Millers stable on the back street to see the horses

Carly DrummondWe used to rent Super Nintendo games from here & get their cheap candies!

Adam DowdallI would buy marbles there

Keith DrummondI grew up living a block away from the Dairy since I was 2 (1965). I don’t recall seeing all of you there 😃 but Fred was the only owner I knew of. Twenty five cents did go a long way back then.

Keith Drummond hey neighbour, I saw you there and at my house many times!! 😉Jane Churchill

Dave WhiteIce Cream

Danielle TreffA banana and chocolate popsicle, and an N64 game for the weekend

Larry DelargeIce cream

Wesley ParsonsFlavored toothpicks and 10cent chocolate popsicles

Rebecca ChampagneAs a child I would go here countless amount of times. I remember buying Garbage Pail Kids cards. They all came with a stick of gum. I would also rent Nintendo games there as well.

Pam McCauleyCandy

Elizabeth SmithGiant licorices. One time, my friends and I convinced Fred to sell us a full bag of the penny candy. 800 gummy bears

Kaylea White100 sweetish berries

Thelma SavardIce cream you would go with a bowl and it would be filled up for supper dessert can you imagine now going with a bowl?

Marjorie GawThelma Savard awesome

Megan KerryCandy on the way to swim practice

Alana FlintMaple Walnut Ice Cream and Salt ‘n Vinegar Chips for dipping in the ice cream!

Cody Smithson$1.00 pepperoni stick and a $1.00 can of pizza pringles. Fred never charged me tax and would always have a fresh news paper for me to take back to my grandfather.

Lyann LockhartAny candies that were 2 for 1cent and 3 for 1 cent. Mojos , green leaves , gum balls and caramels but they were 2 cents.

Allison VaughanDidn’t go there often but recall getting candies there

Laurie Stearns-SmithA little brown bag filled with as many candies as a quarter would get me. It was surprising how much you could buy.

Bill LemayMy dad smoked Buckingham cigarette s choke a horse

Amanda KatFill a paper bag with 5 cent candies 

Bill BrownHot summer days as a kid – ice cream – candy

Andrea McCoyGood stuff. 15 cents bought enough

So what has happened to the Dairy?

Zoe Whitney-HandI used to buy .25 cent candies and milk for my parents, it was recently renovated into two newer apartments on the bottom where the store was and the original two up top

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The Summer of 1956- Larry Clark

The Summer of 1956- Larry Clark

Spring/summer 1956 school is over for most of us and those of us that were still around still did the patrol, again, starting at Brundage’s-fuelling up just prior to closing. As we pulled out Cecil would come to the door and admonish; “no spinning tires” which sound would be partially drowned out by noise of the tires leaving a streak on the pavement.

Up and down, over and across, killing time until one o’clock in the morning, when Cecil would be long at home and we could safely park on his lot, facing up Bridge St. Tune the radio to WWVA, Wheeling West Virginia and listen for Johnny Cash to sing “I Walk the Line” We never got bored of it, listened night after night. That is until the boys disappeared one by one,  two by one and soon it was my turn.

NK & RW joined the RCMP, but not before NK sold me his Chev Fleetwood (he had had a small accident and the driver’s door was wired shut, which was a small problem-now a one door) but all I had to do to possess it was to take over the payments (wowser). GG went off to Labrador and later joined the airforce. The rest scattered as well-I had enlisted and was soon off to London/Centralia and beyond, not returning –only briefly for 8 years. 

1956 - Lina Bo Bardi Together Lina Bo Bardi Together

1956 Carleton Place

On January 26, 2019 we had the Carleton Place Winter Carnival and in January of 1956 the Ottawa Citizen reported that the ‘glamourous’ Miss Carole Mcintyre  daughter of G. E. McIntyre of Lake Ave West won Miss Eastern Ontario at the Perth Winter Carnival. Some were worried there might be shenanigans afoot as yet another Carleton Place gal Joan Hendry was crowned Miss Eastern Ontario the next year in 1957. In 1960 the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce, assisted by the Ladies Auxiliary, agreed to sponsor and select the town’s representative for the Eastern Ontario Snow Queen contest to be held in Perth on February 20,1960.  It was noted that a Carleton Place girl did not win that year.

The Chamber of Commerce’s Amazing Race

In July 28 of 2019 we had the first Carleton Place Amazing Race held at the Market Square and in the same month in 1956 the Carleton Place Canoe Club had the first annual 7 mile race from Almonte to the Carleton Place Town Hall. The only notable person from Carleton Place to ever come near the top every year during those races was Dave Findlay. In 1959 the Chamber of Commerce took over and in 1963– the Annual Seven-Mile Road Race ran under the sponsorship of the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce. That year, three additional events were added. The top award given out was the Queens Hotel Trophy which was allegedly filled with beer.

Adventures at Dalhousie Lake at the Duncan’s Cottages — Noreen Tyers

Adventures at Dalhousie Lake at the Duncan’s Cottages — Noreen Tyers

Oh sweet childhood, with just so many memories, one wonders if anyone else out there has them.

Adventures at Dalhousie Lake at the Duncan’s Cottages

From Left to Right Back Row, Brothers Brian and Jack, Patsy Noreen Regan, children in front Row Kenneth and Janet Lahey

You have followed me on some of my little happenings at Richard’s Castle in Snow Road, but did you know I had another spot that held so many fun memories. The place was close to Snow Road, just down the road, or come to think of it maybe up the road. We also spent holidays at Dalhousie Lake, and the Duncan’s Cottages.

Noreen Tyers—Grandparents in front of Richards Castle, in Snow Road
around the 1940’s John and Charlotte (Mavis) Lahey Summer holidays at the Stone House.

As with Snow Road, it seems to me our extended family was never very far away, just next door or down the path at another cottage. I am sure in some ways it was more of a holiday for the grown ups as there were always load of kids to chum with. This left our parents, aunts, uncles, and of course the matriarch of the family Grandma and Grandpa, time to do as they please without so many children underfoot. Oh they must have been tired with all the questions, as we were city kids, and here we were at the cottage and a stones throw to a real live working farm, cows and all.

Mr and Mrs. Lindsay Duncan were just wonderful people, and like my own grandparents always there to show you how something worked. In a way they must have been overwhelmed with our questions. Our parents did not seem to worry when we went to the farm as they knew someone would keep an eye on us, and give us direction should we need it good or bad. While at the Lake not only did we have the opportunity to swim and fish but there were just so many more things going on. During the day you could watch the eggs being gathered or the cattle being milked. As children we were shown and had the opportunity to experience these tasks. I can say that my best times were on the hay wagons, the Duncan boys would be throwing the bales of hay from the ground onto the wagon. Yes this girl did try and I do not think the bale was even pulled out of place, Most of the time I was a dreamer thinking I could pick it up and then put it on the wagon. We were allowed on the wagon but you were directed where to stand. Now when the Wagon was empty, we were allowed to jump into the pile of hay from the second floor of the Barn. Poor Mr. Duncan by the time we would go back to the cottage I am sure he would be worn out. Just think of it a bunch of scrawny little city kids thinking they could keep up with Farm Chores.

I am sure he would have a headache from the questions and keeping an eye on us to keep us safe. The first time we went to get the milk, and cream my mother took us, from then on if you were at the farm you would bring it home with you. If it was too early you would come back and Mrs. Duncan would give you what you needed and back to the cottage you would go. Sometimes we would go gather up some wild berries and we would be treated to some berries and whipped cream.

This was a treat as Mom would make sure she packed her hand whipper to whip up the cream. That was my Mom always thinking what would make our life enjoyable. I don’t know if you know how small wild strawberries are, but it sure took some hunting and picking to get a small cup. That was fine for it was just the experience of doing it that mattered and it kept us busy.

Vintage Photograph of Dalhousie Lake, Lanark County.

On most evenings there would be a baseball game. There would be two teams, City kids against the farm kids. I do not think I need to tell you who won most of the games. I am sure any game we would win was not skill but a matter of being let win, to keep us interested. The men folk did enjoy their fishing expeditions, and everyone enjoyed the meal after. I do believe that there was more freedom for our parents as the cottages were well maintained and looked after and should a problem arise there was always someone to fix it, grandpa didn’t have to.

I feel as a child I was so fortunate to have family that felt it was important to make memories. I can now bring back some of them and hopefully members of our younger generations will also be able to enjoy these lines I have penned. I do them just for YOU! This time it’s the Duncan’s I thank for helping create another Memory and just so much Fun From the Pen of Noreen July 22,2018


Sending Thoughts of Winter to You, from my Wee Dog Ruffy Noreen Tyers

A Trip in the Carrying Case– Noreen Tyers

Just Me Growing Up in the Early 1940’s Noreen Tyers

Grandma and the Cute Little Mice– From the Pen of Noreen Tyers

Another Broken Bed Incident — Stories from Richards Castle — Noreen Tyers

Lets Play Elevator- Charles Ogilvy Store — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers

At Church on Sunday Morning From the Pen of Noreen Tyers

Jack’s in Charge-Scary Stories — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers

Adventures at Dalhousie Lake at the Duncan’s Cottages —- From the Pen of Noreen Tyers

I am Afraid of Snakes- From the Pen of Noreen Tyers

Hitching a Ride Cross Town — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers

My Old Orange Hat –From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

Out of the Old Photo Album — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers

Snow Road Ramblings from Richards Castle — From the Pen Of Noreen Tyers

Summer Holidays at Snow Road Cleaning Fish — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

Snow Road Adventures- Hikes in the Old Cave — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

Putting Brian on the Bus– Stories from my Childhood Noreen Tyers

My Childhood Memory of Richard’s Castle –From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

Grandpa’s Dandelion Wine — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

My Wedding Tiara — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

The Art of Learning How to Butter Your Toast the Right Way — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

Smocked Dresses–From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

The Kitchen Stool — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

The Flying Teeth in Church — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

The Writings of Noreen Tyers of Perth

Memories of Grandpa’s Workshop — Noreen Tyers

Cleaning out Grandmas’ Fridge — Noreen Tyers Summer Vacation at Richard’s Castle

My Flower Seeds — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

My Barbra Ann Scott Doll –Noreen Tyers

Greetings From Ruffy on Groundhog Day Noreen Tyers

That Smell Of The Lanark County SAP Being Processed — Noreen Tyers

Dalhousie Lake in Photos –Caldwell Family Summer Vacations Villa Jeanette

Dalhousie Lake in Photos –Caldwell Family Summer Vacations Villa Jeanette



Dalhousie Lake Caldwell Cottage- Circa 1910-1920- All photos–-LCGS acquisition from Chris Allen

Read more about the family here: The Alexander Clyde Caldwell Family Part 1















Author’s Note.. I put this photo below from the same area from a postcard from the 40s


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The family at Dalhousie Lake- Photo-LCGS acquisition from Chris Allen




Dalhousie Lake –Photo-LCGS acquisition from Chris Allen-“First Camp” 1890

Attendees: (in no particular order) Mrs. Wallace, AC Caldwell. Miss Robertson, Miss M. Wallace, N. Young, Ed Cooper, Miss N. Robertson, R. Robertson, Miss L. Drysdale, Lloyd Robertson, Miss Barrie, Mrs. R. Drysdale, Dr. Lyle


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

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The Alexander Clyde Caldwell Family Part 1

The Carleton Place Beanery at Dalhousie Lake

Canadian Girls in Training

Knitted Mittens for the Dionne Quintuplets–Mary McIntyre

“They were Set Down in Dalhousie Township”– Effie Park Salkeld

The Steads of Dalhousie Lake

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
04 Aug 1909, Wed  •  Page 1

It Raineth Every Day in Lanark County–Social Notes–July 30, 1897

It Raineth Every Day in Lanark County–Social Notes–July 30, 1897


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A trio of young men from Almonte attracted by the bright illumination’
in the sky on Tuesday evening, the night the car shops were burned in
Carleton Place, drove over to watch the fire, but when they got there the
fire was all out and the streets deserted. They felt greatly disappointed,
and were going to interview the mayor about it had they not been assured that it was altogether an oversight on the part of the C.P .R. officials in not notifying them in time.


On Tuesday last a severe thunderstorm passed over a portion of Darling
township. Mr. D. Barr was busy in the hay field coiling up hay when the storm came, and two or three minutes after he left the field and at the last coil he put up was struck with lightning and burned.




A number of Almonte’s young men have established a camp on the shore of the Mississippi below “Wylie’s Dam,” where they will spend the hot season. They are said to be great entertainers, and are showing hospitality to numerous visitors from town.


With fine weather on Saturday Almonte will show its sympathy with the plan to give telephone connection with Clayton by sending out a crowd for the “ telephone picnic.” An interesting feature will be a baseball match between the Almonte and Lanark nines.

A few local nimrods made an expedition up the river last week to try their luck among the finnies, and many and lengthy are the stories now told. One party, after being on the river a short while, suddenly remembered that they had no bait. They rowed back and dropped their anchor—a 16-pounder—and proceeded to catch minnows. When they had caught sufficient for their trip the strongest man of the party was put at the oars so that they might catch up with the rest of the crowd. He pulled a good stroke and did not spare himself any, but progress was very slow, and it was not until they reached Gleason’s Bay that they noticed they had forgotten to pull in the anchor!



Word comes that Mr. Thomas Haley’s buildings, near Ferguson’s Falls, were struck by the great storm of Tuesday and consumed. The Hawthorne Factory in Carleton Place was nipped at the roof.


Burglars last Sunday night entered the residence of Mr. J. H. Spencer,  stole $33 from his pant’s pockets in his bedroom, and set fire to his woodshed.



Perth Remembered

Watson’s Corner’s News

The Ladies’ Aid of St. James will hold a social on July 5th.
Miss Ray Scott, of Fallbrook, spent Saturday and Sunday at home.

Mr. James Fair is shipping a few loads of sheep and pigs this week.
Miss M. Reid, of McDonald’s Corners, spent Saturday and Sunday at

Rev. J. A. and Mrs. Leitch have gone to Renfrew for a couple of

Miss A. Fife, of McDonald’s Corners, spent a few days with friends in
our village.

Mr. Henry Barrie has gone to Lanark to undergo an operation on one
of his eyes.

Mr. and Mrs. C. Donaldson paid a visit to Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Craig on
Saturday last.

The weather is warm though the nights continue cool. Quite a refreshing
shower fell on Thursday forenoon last.

Mrs. J. Borrowman and her sister, Miss A. Dick, of Drummond, paid a
visit to their sister, Mrs. Wm. McChesney, last week.

The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was dispensed in St. James church on
Sabbath last. The church was crowded. Rev. J. A. Leitch preached an
impressive sermon from 1 Peter 4:13.

A baptismal service was held at the home of Mr. Stephen Park on Friday
afternoon last, when Rev. J. A, Leitch baptized 21 children and
adults. Elders Barr and Paul were present, besides a number of the parents
and others, there being between forty and fifty at the service.

A school children’s picnic will be held at Dalhousie Lake on Wednesday
of this week. By the way, the lake is getting to be a popular resort,
and deservedly so. Its beautiful scenery cannot easily be surpassed.
Take a day or more and go to Dalhousie Lake to admire the beauties of
nature and be lifted nearer to nature’s God.



Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)




Appleton Social Notes 1908 –Names Names Names

Christmas Social Notes from Pakenham 1933

Social Notes from Watson’s Corners

Smiles of Content and Social Notes in Clydesville

Social Note Shenanigans from the Almonte Gazette June 1899

Watson’s Corners And Vicinity 1891–Shetland Ponies and Cheese

It’s the Watson’s Corners News 1895!


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It’s So Hot That….




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It’s so hot that I went to Beckers and the Mr. Freeze became Mr. Damp in seconds.  I also bought some Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups and they turned quickly into Reece’s Peanut Butter shooters. We were supposed to get some rain today, but the weather man told us the clouds went to the hospital for dehydration.

Many years ago I used to hang out at a grocery store that was across the street from where I lived on Bronson Ave in Ottawa. They not only had the best fresh feta cheese, but it was the coolest place to be when the temperature rose to hot and steamy. Usually there were no disagreements in their grocery store over the regular issues, but when the temperature rose, so did people’s personalities and their behaviour.



Photo by Linda Seccaspina- Brick Street Carleton Place-2013


Regulars would come in after work and buy steaks, baking potatoes, fresh bread and cheese. Or, there were some that would look at the fruit on sale and their heated minds would ask if there was more elsewhere, and my friend would dryly say,

“No, actually we keep all the good stuff  all in the back” and roll her eyes.

The store fans would whir constantly as the regulars would drop in seeking relief from the outside temperatures. One man who came in every single day would suddenly refuse to buy anything with bar codes on it during heatwaves as he said the government would know where he was. A small timid bespectacled man who was a regular lotto player said he was playing extra numbers during the heatwave because Jesus told him he was going to win.
Sometimes I wondered why people did not wear extra deodorant on steamy days, and I wanted to tell the old Italian lady next door that the Chanel perfume she seemed to pour on herself did not come in the  garlic scent she appeared to be wearing.

There was also the woman who constantly wore tube tops and daisy dukes and fancied herself a Marilyn Monroe look-alike. She said she kept cool by storing her underwear like Monroe did, in the freezer next to her frozen french-fries. Her waiting beau would always sit in his truck outside, which had a small fan whirring above his rear-view mirror, and I used to joke that his name was either Jim-Bob or Skeeter.

I hate heat, and heat hates me–and as Steven Wright once asked,


“If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?






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


Today is Part 2 in a new series called Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place. We have a great town and we need to explore it. What if somebody comes from out of town and asks you what they can do in Carleton Place? We, as a collective group of Citizens, need to keep on top of this and spread the history about the folks and our beautiful locations in our town that keep the wheels going round.

If you have anything to add, or places that should be in this series, then please tell me so we can write about it.


Today, let’s bring our family, friends and tourists to Riverside Park



On your way to Riverside Park at the end of Lake Ave West drop into The Old Towne Bakery at 73 Lake Ave West to buy freshly made sandwiches, and big cookies.  Or choose from one of their  many special sweet treats, or buy some fresh bread to make sandwiches.



You can hear the call of the wild already from Cathy on your way to Riverside Park.




Once upon a time Riverside Park at the end of Lake Ave West was an iconic Carleton Place waterfront location that was once the home to the Caldwell Sawmill and then horse shows that people from all over  Lanark County came to participate in. It once housed a grandstand for the visiting circuses and it was THE place to be.

Did you know the old Willis Settler Burial ground is there too?




Now the Riverside Park is a tranquil place where the air is cooler, and the beams of sunlight peak through the trees. On the weekends you can hear the laughter of small children running about on the play structures, the bark of a dog in the distance,  and the scraping sound of a jogger’s sneakers. There young and older couples and families are having a picnic under a shady tree, and it is great park to spend time with the family near the rivers edge.

Wouldn’t be nice to have an amphitheatre there? Just saying…..:)





Did you know you can “dock & walk” in Downtown Carleton Place?

You can travel by water to Carleton Place’s downtown from the public boat launch at the west end of Lake Avenue, public docking at Riverside Park OR across from the Town Hall on Bridge Street.—-Downtown Carleton Place BIA

Find out more about the walkability of the Downtown on our website.http://downtowncarletonplace.com/walkability/



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

Lorne Hart– The Old Towne Bakery — A Recipe is Just a Recipe


RELATED READING about Riverside Park

Is Carleton Place Really Meeting People on the Mississippi?

Whatcha’ Talkin Bout Willis? — This Old House in Carleton Place

Let’s Build Cabins at Riverside Park!

Just Beat It! Carnival Riot in Carleton Place at Riverside Park

The Horses of Carleton Place– Wonder if they ever had a Merlin?

So What Did You Do in Riverside Park?

When the Circus came to Carleton Place

Tug of War 1970’s Riverside and Centennial Park Carleton Place

Only Two Gaps to Jump! Only Two Gaps!




Summer Memories — There are Places I Remember


As I sat in the car waiting to be driven home I watched family after family exit the local Walmart. Laden with school supplies and aggravated faces I remembered this time of year as a child. The books from the bookmobile had been read and the church summer camps were over. The suntanned arms and remnants of summer injuries were still there, but the thought of losing my freedom to school made me frown. I loved getting up late and watching television shows such as Lassie and Fury without being reminded about school work that had to be done.

Every single day I worshiped the 3 Musketeers sing-along commercial on the Howdy Doody Show. Gentle hands would pick up the candy bar and snap it carefully in half with dark chocolate on the outside and wonderful soft nougat on the inside. It was marketed as the candy bar that was so big it could be enjoyed by two friends. In my mind there would be no sharing and come the weekend that candy bar (not available in Canada) would be mine, as we were taking a day-trip to Richford, Vermont to buy school supplies.
Saturday finally came and I was told to put on a brand new pink dress my mother had worked on all week. Clutching my ten sweaty American pennies we headed across the border and my heart did a flip flop when I told the American customs agent what I was going to buy. That Saturday it was a hot summer day my friends and it was the kind of heat that would allow your body to stick to your grandmother’s couch covered in clear plastic.

I sat at the Rexall Drugstore counter with my father and slowly sipped an icy root beer float while my mother went to the A & P across the street. My Dad, like his daughter was obsessive about food and needed his fix of *A& P Spice Bars at least once a month. The Spice Bar was an oblong cake made of “the most delicate spices from the Orient” and covered in a buttercream frosting. For my father, 29 cents would buy him a piece of heaven.

My mother suddenly waved her hands and that was my signal to run to the candy counter and purchase the 3 Musketeers bar as my father yelled at her to hurry up before the Spice Bars melted. As my Mum and Dad loaded up the trunk I wasted not one second getting into the back of the car.

As I got in I continued the summer ritual of fanning the hot vinyl seats quickly so I wouldn’t burn my legs and as soon as the seat was bearable I ripped the wrapper off the candy bar like a maniac. One does not need to tell you what that thing looked like after sitting on the Rexall shelves for a few days in the heat.
A huge puddle of liquid chocolate with a nougat filling proceeded to run down the dress that my mother had spent days hand smocking. As I attempted to stop the chocolate river with my hands it only seemed to get worse, so I quickly shoved what was left of it into my mouth.
The trunk slam shut, the car doors opened and a huge scream came out of my mother’s mouth as she looked at me. There I was sitting in the back seat with a huge chocolate face smile, and the cherished pink dress was now covered with brown hand prints and I was singing:
“1-2-3  big big big
1-2-3 big big big
It’s the candy treat that can’t be beat
Let’s give three big cheers
For the 3 big Musketeers!”

My parents never said another word on the way home, nor did the Canadian customs agent as he looked at me in shock while my father handed him an A & P Spice Bar. Today, I realize that my father hoped that “the delicate spices of the Orient” would forever banish whatever story the custom agent was going to tell his colleagues after we left.

Forced back to reality I sighed as I remembered.  The innocence of childhood was such a short season, but there always seems to be a moment, even in the Walmart parking lot, where we let it back in.

*Cathy said that is was also available in Steinbergs and more likely a buttercream frosting then.



2 c flour
1-1/2 c sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice, ground
1/2 c vegetable oil
2 c applesauce
2 medium eggs…slightly beaten
1 c raisins…..plump them in warm water,drain and use. .(add these last, after everything else is mixed)
8 oz cream cheese …softened
4 Tbsp butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/2 c confections sugar
1/3 c milk

1 Tbsp lemon juice, fresh

walnuts are an option…your choice
1 Gather your spices and the other ingredients together.
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar and baking soda.
Then add the cocoa,cinnamon,salt,nutmeg and allspice.
Mix well.

2 Next add the vegetable oil,applesauce,and the beaten eggs.
When all of the above is mixed,
Add the plumped raisins.
Put in a greased and floured 9×13 cake pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30to35 minutes
In a pre-heated oven.

Mix the cream cheese,butter,vanilla,
confectioners sugar, milk and
lemon juice together.
Spread on the cake.
****YOUR OPTION: To make a layer cake, just like the original Spanish Bar Cake (see main foto) cut the cake into 2 pieces, then spread the frosting between the layers and on the top. Step back in time and enjoy this great cake

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The Amazing Carleton Place Gals of Summer


Check out the bonnets on these Carleton Place McDiarmid ladies!


Carleton Place early 1970’s


Carleton Place picnic gals!


1970’s Carleton Place Bridge Street shoppers


Miss Kristie and Miss Alley in front of the Carleton Place Town Hall 2013


Unknown Mississippi Lake ladies enjoying the summer- OR tanking one on??? That sure doesn’t look like lemonade:)


Files from the Carleton Place Canadian at the museum– photos.. all from The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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Lake Park Lodge – Queen’s Royal Hotel- Mississippi Lake Carleton Place Ontario


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Once upon a time the Carleton Place citizens of the 1890’s lined up on the Lake Park dock waiting to board the steamship “Carleton”. It ran regular trips between Lake Park Lodge on Mississippi Lake and the town docks located near the Hawthorne Mill at the end of Charles Street. Lake Park Lodge as we know it today was previously known as the Queen’s Royal Hotel, and visitors to the popular Mississippi Lake resort travelled by steamship.  The dining room could seat several hundred at a time.

“The little steamer Mississippi is now making regular trips between Carleton Place and Innisville, carrying freight and passengers.  Excursion parties desirous of seeing the lakes, or fishing, shooting ducks, gathering berries, etcetera, can have the use of the boat at reasonable charges.” Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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No finer food this side of new York City!


The popular Lake Park Hotel owned its own steam boat at the time which was called “Lillian B.” which was 40 feet in length.  At the time, there was also smaller privately owned  steamboats which were own by individuals and traveled up and down the Mississippi for pleasure and business.

Lake Park Lodge Postcard-Bytown or Bust

lake4The Lake Park Lodge now as it sits empty.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  11 Jul 1901, Thu,  Page 6


Lake Park Lodge dock that greeted many visitors at one time- Photo of Dock and Lake Park by Linda Seccaspina

Clipping from the Carleton Place Canadian by MARY COOK submitted by Leona Kidd to the Beckwith Heritage site.

A BACKWARDS GLANCE ‐ The golden years of Lake Park Lodge By Mary Cook

The original Queen’s Royal Hotel at Lake Park has a romantic and colorful history, and its story would take much more space than The Canadian editors allow me.  But the Larsen era, which is still within memory reach of many of us, can be noted as a period in time when the grand old lodge was revitalized and brought back to life. Lake Park Lodge as we know it today was previously known as the Queen’s Royal Hotel, and visitors to the popular Mississippi Lake resort travelled by steamship.

The resort even sported a race track, and some older historians remember when the horses were transported from Carleton Place via the grand old steamers of the day. Telling the story of the Hotel’s early days would take many trips to the Archives, and would evolve into a history of an era that many of us have only read about – the glorious mid‐1800’s when Carleton Place was a thriving mill town and places like the Queen’s Royal Hotel offered a welcomed respite for the elite of the community. But let us move on to another era … an era after the old original hotel ceased to operate and the property lay dormant and forgotten. Sven Larsen was a big man who lived in Toronto with his wife Ella and family.  He looked every inch the Danish gentleman.  He loved well‐creased beige flannels and navy blue blazers and three‐piece suits.  His wife once modelled hats in Denmark, and she carried that flair for fashion to her new country.  The bigger the hat the better…and they had to be adorned with beautiful flowers and decorations and worn at a rakish angle for impact.

They were an imposing couple that day when they drove into Lake Park road and came upon the homestead farm of Mr. Hay, Sr. They wanted to move their family out of the city.  They longed for a piece of land where they could raise chickens and enjoy the tranquillity of country life.  Mr. Hay directed them to the abandoned lodge down the road.   There was little more than a lane leading to the old hotel.  The building was much in need of repair before it could even be considered liveable. Lil Robinson, a daughter, remembers it as a drafty, old barn of a place with no electricity or plumbing, and had no screens on the windows.  Mile high hay completely encircled the rambling building.  The year was 1937.  Sven had to hire a man with a scythe to cut the grass, and that first summer millions of mosquitoes almost sent the family back to Toronto. The hard‐working Larsens immediately went into the chicken business, and every member had to do his share.  In the meantime, Sven who was a born salesman continued to represent a casket company out of Toronto, and as well, peddled Books of Knowledge.  It is suspected now, so many years later, that the casket job was not kept on as a money‐making project, but rather as a topic of conversation which stopped many a person in his track.  “You travel a good deal, Mr. Larsen, what do you do?”  He’d cast a piercing eye in the direction of the questioner.  “I design and sell coffins”.  Usually the inquisitor moved quickly away.

But when it came to selling books of knowledge, Sven was right in his element.  He loved reading, and he felt the only road to success was through the pages of books.  He felt in his heart that every time he sold a set of the Books of Knowledge he was contributing to they buyer’s future.  During the Depression Mr. Larsen was to spend nine months on the year on the road.    Eric Larsen, or Sonny, as he was known to everyone in the Carleton Place area, was tall, slim, handsome and with a head of golden hair that sent most young girls’ hearts fluttering.  He was the youngest of the Larsen family.  In 1946, nine years after the family moved to the area, Eric talked his parents into letting him reopen the Lodge as a hotel and dance hall.   There was great excitement in the community.  The older people had visions of the revival of that grand old hotel, and the young people of the 40’s saw the Lodge as a wonderful fun place to go where the music of the day would be standard fare, and a walk to the beach not 500 yards away would guarantee a romantic interlude for the “going steadies”. It was everything everyone had hoped it would be.

From the day Lake Park Lodge reopened its doors, the young people of Carleton Place beat a path to the dance hall.  Many had no transportation, but that wasn’t a deterrent.  They walked out the dirt road there and back. And its reputation as a good overnight lodge grew too.  Tourists came form everywhere, for a weekend to two weeks at a time.  They came from all over the continent and Europe.  The meals were excellent.  Mrs. Larsen was an outstanding cook and hearty Danish dishes blended in with Canadian on the menu. The nickelodeon belted out the hits of the day and you danced to “In the Mood” and “Stardust” for a nickel.  Daughter Lil remembers the business as a family affair.  “I had to make all the desserts” she recalls. Mrs. Larsen was a friend to all the hundreds of young people who were frequent customers.  More than one Carleton Place man will remember arriving at the Lodge “a little worse for wear”.  Although the Lodge was dry, many young people arrived with their own supply, which Mrs. Larsen frowned on.  But she was also realistic.   She couldn’t stop the young men from bringing the booze out in their cars, but she could make sure they went home sober.  So she’d take them into the kitchen sink and put their heads under the cold water tap until they sobered up and then she sent them home to their unsuspecting parents.

The Lodge flourished as a popular spot for the community’s young people.  During the summer it was the place to go every night after working at the dime store, or at your summer job in the foundry.  You could rent a boat for a quarter and row down the river on a moonlit night.  The war was over and the soldiers were coming home. They too flocked to the popular night spot. And then the first of several tragedies struck the Larsen family.  Sonny, the affable good looking son died tragically in a car accident.  A son‐in‐law and grandchild drowned.  And in 1956 the building the Larsens so lovingly restored burned to the ground.  Son‐in‐law Cark Jorgenson said the wood structure went up like a tinder box.  There were no fire hydrants, and the volunteer brigade tried to feed their hoses through the ice for water, but all the family could do was stand outside and watch it go up in flames. Gone was the Larsens era!  It was rebuilt, but it was never the same.  The senior Larsens were getting older, and they hung on for awhile, but too much had changed. Son‐in‐law Carl built and rented cottages and the senior Larsens stayed on, but the romance of the Lodge went up in flames the day of the fire. Sven Larsen died in 1970, his wife in 1978. Both Carl and Lil said the older Larsens loved the place.  Their hearts and souls were in the business.   They did everything they could to bring a sense of glamour and fun to the Lodge….from Mrs. Larsen’s fortune‐ telling to dressing up in hilarious Hallowe’en costumes.


 - Queen's Royal Once Again Popular Tourist Centre...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  30 Jun 1948, Wed,  Page 8


 - , . ,: Carleton Place. Mat i The Lake Park...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  08 May 1893, Mon,  Page 6


 - LAKE PARK, CARLETON PLACE. OssSseos Plane, Jesy...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  08 Jul 1905, Sat,  Page 11


The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22 Jul 1899, Sat  •  Page 6