Things to See and Do
Get Moving - Whether you are walking, biking or cross country skiing we have trails for that. Check out one of our many local trails and get your blood pumping. Looking for some scenery to boot? We've got river walks and trails through the countryside so you can get some exercise and see some wildlife too. Try one or try them all.
Get Wet - We've got beaches, boating, fishing and so much more on Mississippi Lake. Enjoy some time with your rod and reel at one of our public docks and see what you can catch or go swimming at Riverside Park and frolic in the splash pad. Launch your canoe, kayak or boat and discover the shoreline of lake in all its glory.
Consider planning a visit for one of our many festivals and events. There are many annual festivals that Carleton Place is well known for including: Free Comic Book Day which takes place every spring. Wine'd Around Downtown, a wine and food tasting afternoon in the downtown. Lamb's Down Park Festival, an event which celebrates Carleton Place's historical role in the distribution of lamb's wool across Canada. The Bridge Street Bazaar is held during the long weekend in August and features an entire main street's worth of vendors, entertainment and kid's activities. September brings the Dragon Boat Festival at Riverside Park. And we have an amazing night time Santa Claus Parade in late November.
The events listed above is only a small sample of events taking place throughout the year. For a more extensive listing check out the Event Calendar for a monthly listing of what is going on!
We're 'sheer-ious" when we tell you we've got a lot of wool here. Visit the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited and find out why Carleton Place receives almost 3 million pounds of wool a year. Go back in time at the mini museum and then stock up on Canadian-made wool products.
In the same building Choo Choo Choose to explore train history. Carleton Place has a long history related to transportation and industry: first with the mighty Mississippi River and then the iron highway. The tracks are gone and converted to trails now but the town's romance with rails continues. Check out the train museum located in the Wool Growers building and the rail history expressed at various locations in town including impressive murals.
Spread Your Wings - Check out the Roy Brown Museum (170 Bridge Street) and find out more about one of Canada's greatest war aces. Made famous for shooting down the Red Baron at the end of WWI, this flying ace was born in Carleton Place. Find out more about his life and his family and take a walking tour highlighting a day in his life. There are some intriguing stories to be heard!