Carleton Place

Coordinates: 45°08′N 76°08′W / 45.133°N 76.133°W / 45.133; -76.133
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Carleton Place
Town of Carleton Place
Bridge Street
Bridge Street
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; -76.133
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Incorporated1870 (village)
Incorporated1890 (town)
 • MayorToby Randell
 • MPScott Reid (Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston, CPC)
 • MPPJohn Jordan (Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston, Prog. Cons.)
 • Land9.05 km2 (3.49 sq mi)
 • Town (lower-tier)11,901
 • 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, 343, 753

Carleton Place is a town in Eastern Ontario, Canada, in Lanark County, about 46 kilometres (29 mi) west of downtown Ottawa.[3] 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. Canada's 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.[4] Carleton Place was first settled by Europeans when British authorities prompted immigration to Lanark County in the early 19th century.[5] 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's waterfall. He built a mill there and was the first of many such textile and lumber industries to locate 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.[6]

Moore House[edit]

170 Bridge Street Constructed in the mid-19th century, Moore House originally sat at the north end of Moore street, opposite Lansdowne Avenue. In 2007 the building was moved to its current location, 170 Bridge St. Today, the Moore house is home to the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce and Visitor and Information Center. Moore House served as a home to multiple generations of the Moore family, including Ida Moore, who lived there with her parents and her four siblings.

The Hauntings of the Moore House In 1900, at age 21, Ida died from tuberculosis in the home, and many believe her spirit has haunted the building ever since. Some of Ida's antics allegedly include moving objects, opening and closing windows, turning radios off and on, and staring out windows. A paranormal investigation was conducted at Moore House in July 2017, by Ottawa Paranormal Research and Investigations and released in the web series, Into the Haunting.


The logging industry stimulated economic development in the 19th century, with white pine logs exported to Europe.[7] Local forests were depleted of hemlock to provide bark for the leather tanning industry.[8] Both textile and lumber mills flourished,[6] but none still operates. "The Findlay Foundry", founded by David Findlay in 1862,[9] 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.[10]


Historical populations

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Carleton Place had a population of 12,517 living in 5,210 of its 5,341 total private dwellings, a change of 17.6% from its 2016 population of 10,644. Statistics Canada cited Carleton Place as the fastest growing municipality in Canada in 2021. With a land area of 9.94 km2 (3.84 sq mi), it had a population density of 1,259.3/km2 (3,261.5/sq mi) in 2021.[13]

Canada census – Carleton Place community profile
Population12,517 (+17.6% from 2016)10,644 (+8.5% from 2011)9,809 (+3.8% from 2006)
Land area9.94 km2 (3.84 sq mi)9.05 km2 (3.49 sq mi)8.83 km2 (3.41 sq mi)
Population density1,259.4/km2 (3,262/sq mi)1,176.2/km2 (3,046/sq mi)1,110.3/km2 (2,876/sq mi)
Median age41.6 (M: 40.0, F: 43.2)42.3 (M: 40.3, F: 44.2)
Private dwellings5,341 (total)  5,210 (occupied)4,403 (total)  4,246 (total) 
Median household income$89,000$71,481
References: 2021[14] 2016[15] 2011[16] earlier[17][18]

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. Schools in the Carleton Place area include:

Sister cities[edit]

Carleton Place is an active participant in the Sister Cities program and has a relationship with the following municipalities:[22]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c "Census Profile, 2020 Census: Carleton Place, Town". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  3. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Carleton Place" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  4. ^ Keddy, P.A. 2008. Earth, Water, Fire: An Ecological Profile of Lanark County. General Store Publishing House, Arnprior.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Keddy, C.J. 1993. Forest History of Eastern Ontario. Prepared for the Eastern Ontario Model Forest Group, Kemptville.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ IEEE Canada – The Crash Position Indicator. Retrieved on 2011-05-13.
  11. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  12. ^ "Carleton census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Archived from the original on 2016-11-24. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  13. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, census divisions and census subdivisions (municipalities), Ontario". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved March 30, 2022.
  14. ^ "2021 Community Profiles". 2021 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 4, 2022. Retrieved 2023-10-19.
  15. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 12, 2021. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  16. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 21, 2019. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  17. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 20, 2019.
  18. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 18, 2021.
  19. ^ "Former President of CPR D. C. Coleman Dies at 77". Winnipeg Tribune. Winnipeg, Manitoba. October 17, 1956. p. 3.icon of an open green padlock
  20. ^ Brown, Dave (May 23, 1998). "Eddie MacCabe: A local legend lost". Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Ontario. p. 27.icon of an open green padlock; Brown, Dave (May 23, 1998). "MacCabe did it well or didn't bother with it at all". Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Ontario. p. 28.icon of an open green padlock
  21. ^ Edwards, Trent (May 26, 1998). "Eddie MacCabe's admirers gather to mourn a great storyteller". Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Ontario. p. 40.icon of an open green padlock
  22. ^ "Sister Cities".

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