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Carleton Place (population 10,000) is a town in the eastern portion of Eastern Ontariomarker, Canadamarker, in Lanark County, about west of downtown Ottawamarker on the Central Ontario (Highway 7) route of the Trans-Canada Highway. It is located at the crossroads of Highway 15 and Highway 7, midway between the town of Perthmarker and the nation's capital, Ottawamarker.

History

Carleton Place, originally known as Morphy's Falls, was chosen as a mill site by Edmond Morphy in 1819. It is located on the Mississippi River, a tributary of the Ottawa River. It became a village in 1870, and a town in 1890. The name later given to the settlement was after the street in Glasgowmarker, but the spelling was altered in 1829.

Both textile and lumber mills flourished here, but none are still operating. The Findlay Foundry operated in Carleton Place from the 1860s to 1974, making cast iron cookware and woodstove. 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.

Recent developments

As a result of the population growth in Carleton Place and area, Highway 7 has been in the process of expanding the number of lanes from 2 to 4 as it will allow better traffic flow from the country into the city during rush hour periods. The expansion of Highway 7 will start from 417 Highway and will end once it reaches Carleton Place and is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.

In addition to the Highway expansion, there has been a rapid expansion of retail stores in Carleton place, mainly concentrated on McNeely Ave between Hwy 7 and Franktown Road since early 2007. Many new stores have opened up and several existing ones have relocated to a larger, newly constructed building in this time, including Broadway Bar and Grill, Home Depot, Staples, a Wal-Martmarker Supercentre, Giant Tiger(relocated) Shopper's Drug Mart, Rona(relocated), Canadian Tire(relocated) EB games, Dollarama and Mark's Work Wearhouse with several more under construction, as of July 2008 including a new LCBO and a Starbuck's coffee shop. In addition to these retail locations, house and condominium construction is also in the works. Carleton Place seems fated to become an exurb of Ottawamarker. Carleton Place is a Sister City to Franklin, Tennessee, USA.

Local attractions

Some of the attractions of Carleton Place and surrounding area include Riverside Jam, Carleton Place Dragon Boat Festival, Morphy's Falls Heritage Festival, Carleton Place Canoe Club, Victoria School Museum, Canada Veteran's Hall of Valour, and of course the Mississippi River.

Famous residents

Famous Carleton Place residents include:

Demographics

According to the 2006 Statistics Canada Census:
  • Population: 9,453
  • % Change (2001-2006): 4.1
  • Dwellings: 3,832
  • Area:
  • Density (persons per kmĀ².): 1,070


Schools

  • 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 - http://ndchs.com
  • St. Mary's Catholic School
  • St. Gregory's Catholic School
  • T R Leger Alternative


See also

Town Hall and Mississippi River in Carleton Place


Sources



References

  1. http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/pubs/shp2007/expansion.html


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