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Carleton Place
Town of Carleton Place
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Carleton Place is located in Southern Ontario
Carleton Place
Carleton Place
Location in Southern Ontario
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Lanark
Incorporated 1870 (village)
Incorporated 1890 (town)
 • Land 9.05 km2 (3.49 sq mi)
 • Town (lower-tier) 11,901
 • Density 1,176.2/km2 (3,046/sq mi)
 • Metro
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal Code FSA
Area code(s) 613

Carleton Place is a town in Eastern Ontario, Canada, in Lanark County, about 46 kilometres (29 mi) west of downtown Ottawa. 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. Carleton Place was first settled when British authorities prompted immigration to Lanark County in the early 19th century. 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 waterfall. He built a mill there and was the first of many such textile and lumber industries to reside 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. The river led to the development of the Ottawa Valley Canoe Association in 1893, which still exists today as the Carleton Place Canoe Club. The town received further recognition when a World War One fighter pilot, and town resident, Captain Arthur Roy Brown, made history by shooting down the Red Baron.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1991 7,432 —    
1996 8,450 +13.7%
2001 9,083 +7.5%
2006 9,453 +4.1%
2011 9,809 +3.8%
2016 10,644 +8.5%
2021 12,517 +17.6%

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. With a land area of 9.94 km2 (3.84 sq mi), it had a population density of 1,259.3/km2 (3,262/sq mi) in 2021.

Canada census – Carleton Place community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 10,644 (+8.5% from 2011) 9,809 (+3.8% from 2006) 9,453 (+4.1% from 2001)
Land area: 9.05 km2 (3.49 sq mi) 8.83 km2 (3.41 sq mi) 8.83 km2 (3.41 sq mi)
Population density: 1,176.2/km2 (3,046/sq mi) 1,110.3/km2 (2,876/sq mi) 1,070.0/km2 (2,771/sq mi)
Median age: 42.3 (M: 40.3, F: 44.2) 39.1 (M: 37.5, F: 40.5)
Total private dwellings: 4,403 4,246 3,832
Median household income: $71,481 $55,077
References: 2016 2011 2006 earlier

Sister cities

Carleton Place is an active participant in the Sister Cities program and has a relationships with the following municipalities:

Notable residents

  • D'Alton Corry Coleman, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway
  • David Cooney, Juno Award-winning folk-rock musician, a founding member of the band Waltons
  • Ryan Cuthbert, sprint kayaker, 2 time Olympian (2004 Sydney Olympics(k-4 1000m), 2008 Beijing Olympics(k-2 1000m))
  • Shean Donovan, professional ice hockey player (retired), who last played for the Ottawa Senators.
  • John Edwards, sprint canoer, Olympian (1976 Montreal Olympics)
  • Jill Heinerth, cave diver and explorer
  • Eddie MacCabe, sports editor of the Ottawa Journal and the Ottawa Citizen
  • Leslie McFarlane, wrote many of the original Hardy Boys books under the pen name Franklin W. Dixon
  • Jordan McIntosh, pop-country musician, 2014 Country Music Association of Ontario Rising Star Award Recipient and 2015 Canadian Country Music Association Rising Star Award Nominee
  • Bat Phillips, professional ice hockey player for the Montreal Maroons
  • Andrew Willows, sprint kayaker, 2 time Olympian, (2004 Sydney Olympics(k-4 1000m), 2008 Beijing Olympics(k-2 500m))
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