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We encourage you to come downtown and enjoy the sights and sounds of our vibrant main street! Take a stroll, do some shopping or hit the trails. The possibilities are endless…

Check out the beautiful Mississippi River in one of our downtown parks. At Town Hall Square you can play a game of life sized chess and enjoy the waterfalls, or on the north side of the river, check out the statue of World War One Flying Ace A. Roy Brown and learn about just one of our local heroes. Our main street bridge offers an amazing vantage point for views of the river in both directions and is a great place to take some photos. The Mississippi River is truly one of the wonders of our community!

Take a tour of the Canadian Cooperative Woolgrowers train display at their facilities in the south side of downtown and learn about the train history of Carleton Junction. Enjoy some quiet time at the Junction or bring the kids for play on the pump track and train themed play structure. The Carleton Place Friendship Oven is also located at Carleton Junction and will soon be available for use!

Spend a day together partaking in a little retail therapy at one of our many unique specialty and clothing shops. Browse the windows, or book an appointment for some one on one retail time. Explore the storefronts, find the murals and learn about some of the heritage downtown architecture while you are here!

Meet up at one of our local craft breweries, swing by a cozy café for a fresh cup of coffee, or go gourmet at one of our award winning local restaurants. We’ve got lots of amazing patios too, make a list and try them all!

Travel along the 61 km stretch of the old rail bed that runs through Lanark County on the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail. The trail runs through the east side of our downtown and provides easy access to the Market Square, (home of our Saturday Farmer’s Market), Carleton Junction, and lots of retail shops and services

Stop by the Information Centre at 170 Bridge Street to pick up a copy of the Shopping and Dining Guide!