Carleton Place

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Carleton Place
Town of Carleton Place
Bridge Street
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Carleton Place is located in Southern Ontario
Carleton Place
Carleton Place
Carleton Place in southern Ontario
Coordinates: 45°08′N 76°08′W / 45.133°N 76.133°W / 45.133; -76.133Coordinates: 45°08′N 76°08′W / 45.133°N 76.133°W / 45.133; -76.133
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Incorporated1870 (village)
Incorporated1890 (town)
 • MayorDouglas Black
 • MPScott Reid (Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington, CON)
 • MPPRandy Hillier (Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington, OPC)
 • Land8.83 km2 (3.41 sq mi)
 • Town (lower-tier)10,644
 • Density1,176.2/km2 (3,046/sq mi)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal Code FSA
Area code(s)613

Carleton Place is a town in Eastern Ontario, Canada, in Lanark County, about 46 kilometres (29 mi) west of downtown Ottawa.[2] It is located at the crossroads of Highway 15 and Highway 7, halfway between the towns of Perth, Almonte, Smiths Falls, and the nation's capital, Ottawa. The Mississippi River, a tributary of the Ottawa River flows through the town. Mississippi Lake is just upstream by boat, as well as by car.


Carleton Place in Lanark County

The town is situated on the edge of a large limestone plain, just south of the edge of the Canadian Shield in the deciduous forest ecoregion of North America.[3] Carleton Place was first settled by Europeans when British authorities prompted immigration to Lanark County in the early 19th century.[4] The Morphy and Moore families were among the first to arrive. Edmond Morphy chose the site in 1819 when he realized there was potential in the area waterfall. He built a mill there and was the first of many such textile and lumber industries to reside in the area. The settlement was then known as Morphy's Falls. In 1829, the area was renamed Carleton Place, after a street in Glasgow, Scotland, when a post office was constructed. It became a village in 1870, and a town in 1890. The community's economic growth was enabled by the construction of the Brockville and Ottawa Railway later in the century. The town was also renowned for its access to Mississippi Lake, and had steamship service to Innisville on the west end of Mississippi Lake between the 1860s and 1920s.[5] The river led to the development of the Ottawa Valley Canoe Association in 1893, which still exists as the Carleton Place Canoe Club. The town received further recognition when a World War I fighter pilot, and town resident, Captain Arthur Roy Brown, made history by shooting down the Red Baron.[citation needed]


The logging industry stimulated economic development in the 19th century, with white pine logs exported to Europe.[6] Local forests were depleted of hemlock to provide bark for the leather tanning industry.[7] Both textile and lumber mills flourished,[5] but none still operates. "The Findlay Foundry", founded by David Findlay in 1862,[8] operated until 1974, making cast iron cookware and woodstoves. Some of the designs created by this company are still being made by another company. Today, the remaining mill buildings house condominiums and high-tech industry. The "Crash Position Indicator" (CPI) was manufactured and marketed in Carleton Place by Leigh Instruments Ltd.[9]


Canada census – Carleton Place community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 10,644 (8.5% from 2011) 9809 (3.8% from 2006) 9453 (4.1% from 2001)
Land area: 8.83 km2 (3.41 sq mi) 8.83 km2 (3.41 sq mi)
Population density: 1,110.3/km2 (2,876/sq mi) 1,070.0/km2 (2,771/sq mi)
Median age: 39.1 (M: 37.5, F: 40.5)
Total private dwellings: 4,403 4246 3832
Median household income: $55,077
References: 2016[10] 2011[11] 2006[12] earlier[13]

Notable residents[edit]


The Upper Canada District School Board manages public education in Carleton Place and Lanark County, while the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario is in charge of schools teaching the Catholic curriculum. Following is a list of schools in the Carleton Place area:

  • Arklan Community Public School
  • Beckwith Public School (located in the Township of Beckwith)
  • Caldwell Street Public School
  • Calvary Christian Academy (located in the Township of Beckwith)
  • Carleton Place High School
  • École Catholique J.L. Couroux (French Catholic)
  • Mississippi School for the Arts (private high school)
  • Notre Dame Catholic High School
  • St. Mary's Catholic School
  • St. Gregory's Catholic School
  • T R Leger Alternative

Sister cities[edit]

Carleton Place is an active participant in the Sister Cities program and has a relationships with the following municipalities:[14]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Carleton census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  2. ^ Wikisource Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Carleton Place". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  3. ^ Keddy, P.A. 2008. Earth, Water, Fire: An Ecological Profile of Lanark County. General Store Publishing House, Arnprior.
  4. ^ Brown, Howard Morton, 1984. Lanark Legacy, Nineteenth Century Glimpses of on Ontario County. Corporation of the County of Lanark, Perth, Ontario and General Store Publishing House, Renfrew Ontario.
  5. ^ a b Brown, Howard Morton, 1984. Lanark Legacy, Nineteenth Century Glimpses of on Ontario County. Corporation of the County of Lanark, Perth, Ontario and General Store Publishing House, Renfrew, Ontario. p. 220-222.
  6. ^ Hughson, J.W. and C.C. J. Bond. 1965. Hurling Down the Pine. The Historical Society of the Gatineau, Old Chelsea, Quebec. First edition 1964, Revised second edition 1965.
  7. ^ Keddy, C.J. 1993. Forest History of Eastern Ontario. Prepared for the Eastern Ontario Model Forest Group, Kemptville.
  8. ^ Brown, Howard Morton, 1984. Lanark Legacy, Nineteenth Century Glimpses of on Ontario County. Corporation of the County of Lanark, Perth, Ontario and General Store Publishing House, Renfrew Ontario. p. 150.
  9. ^ IEEE Canada – The Crash Position Indicator. Retrieved on 2011-05-13.
  10. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". Canada 2016 Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  12. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  13. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  14. ^ "Sister Cities".

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