Carleton Place is a town with a population of approximately 10,000 roughly 46 KM west of downtown Ottawa. It is located right along the highway 7 corridor and right between Perth and Ottawa.
Carleton Place was chosen as a mill site by Edmond Morphy in 1819 as it is located right on the Mississippi River which then became a village in 1870 and later a town in 1890.
The town used to be known for textile and lumber mills however none are still in operation today.
As a result of the growing population in Carleton Place which has become a bedroom community for those who commute into the city daily Highway 7 is undergoing a massive overhaul which will see it transformed from 2 lanes into 4 lanes allowing for an easier flow of traffic during the rush hour times. This project is to be completed by 2011.
Many stores have come to Carleton place since the expansion as well as many existing which have upgraded to larger locations including Home Depot, WalMart, Staples, Broadway Bar and Grill, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rona, Canadian Tire, EB Games, Dollarama, and Marks Work Warehouse.
In addition to the retail development Carleton Place is seeing a huge expansion in homes and condominiums.
The following schools service 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)
- Carambeck Public School
- Carleton Place High School
- Ecole Catholique J.L. Couroux (French Catholic)
- Mississippi School (private school)
- Notre Dame Catholic High School
- St. Mary’s Catholic School
- St. Gregory’s Catholic School
- T R Leger Alternative
Local attractions include Riverside Jam, Carleton Place dragon boat festival, Morphy’s fall Heritage festival, the Carleton Place canoe club, Victoria School Museum, Canada Veterans Hall of Valour, and the Mississippi River.
Housing Prices can range from $110,000 for an older detached small bungalow right up to $850,000 for a new executive built home.