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Why You Should Move to Carleton Place

The town of Carleton Place has become increasingly more popular over the last few years due to its lower-priced real estate and convenient location. Carleton Place is a great town for anyone to live in. Featuring tons of retail space, awesome waterfront dining options, a charming downtown centre and all of this nestled just outside of cottage country and under an hour away from the city. The town is situated just off of Highway 7, southwest of Ottawa. Commuting to Kanata or Ottawa is a breeze when you live in this neighbourhood. With friendly people and that small-town feel, it’s no wonder why people want to live here! Read on for 8 great reasons why you should move to Carleton Place! 

The current population of Carleton Place sits at 10,000 people and is growing every day! 

2020 Average Sale Prices in Carleton Place​

*Based on 2020 MLS yearly average sale price statistics in Carleton Place






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Convenient Location

The town of is conveniently located southwest of Ottawa. You can be in Kanata in only 25 minutes, or downtown Ottawa in less than 40. This makes Carleton Place a great suburb to live in if you are commuting for work into Kanata or Stittsville. Carleton Place comes with all of the great amenities like a variety of grocery stores, a hospital, many restaurants, big box stores, spas, recreation centres and so much more! But, if you need to go into the city for Costco or Ikea, it’s only a short drive away. The town is also conveniently located along Highway 7 which makes travelling a breeze! 

Carleton Place Map
Carleton Place Map - Photo by: Google


If you are looking for some well-deserved retail therapy, this town will not disappoint! With an assortment of grocery stores including Independent Grocer, FreshCo, M&M Food Market and The Granary. As well as big box stores such as Wal Mart, Home Depot, Rona, Home Hardware, Staples, Dollarama, Canadian Tire and Giant Tiger. On top of these large retail spaces, there are also lots of smaller boutique shops downtown. There are also a few car dealerships including Ford, Kia, GMC and Big Country RV! If you are getting married, don’t forget to check out the renowned Sniders Bridal House to find that special dress! 

Carleton Place Retail
Carleton Place Retail - Photo by: SmartCentres


If you have children, you will have a choice between 4 different elementary schools along with 2 high schools. The elementary schools include Arklan Community Public School, St. Mary Catholic School, Caldwell Street Elementary School and École élémentaire catholique J.-L.-Couroux. The high schools in Carleton Place are Notre Dame Catholic High School and the aptly named Carleton Place High School. There is also a smaller Catholic school called St. Gregory Catholic School that teaches Junior Kindergarten to grade 3. The town also features a dance school, an adult learning centre, Julia’s School of Music, and a driving centre. If that’s not enough learning experience for you, check out the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum to learn some history about the town! 

Carleton Place High School
Carleton Place High School - Photo by: Carleton Place High School

Charming Downtown

The charming downtown area features tons of shops, restaurants and bars, cafes, barbershops and hair salons, pet care shops, nail salons, clothing stores and florists. A few notable shops include The Blossom Shop, Carousel, Et Cetera Home, Natural Pet Foods, The Real Wool Shop, Wisteria, The New Oak Tree, Amethyst and many more! On top of the great shopping and eating, you can enjoy a stroll down the sidewalk and check out all of the historic architecture that fills the town. One of our favourite buildings is the Carleton Place Town Hall. This large castle-like building overlooks the Mississippi River and serves as a beautiful landmark for the community. 

Charming Downtown
Charming Downtown - Photo by: Town of Carleton Place

Close to Cottage Country

The town features the picturesque Mississippi River winding right through the centre of it. The river is actually fed from Mississippi Lake just southwest of the town centre. This large lake stretches over 17kms and features an abundance of cottages along the shoreline. If you live in Carleton Place, you can take a very short drive down the road and be in cottage country within minutes! If you have a boat, you can launch it, go for a tour of the lake, or find a spot to enjoy a swim on a hot day. Living near cottage country has lots of great benefits such as fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking, camping, and just enjoying the outdoors in general! If you are living in town and don’t own a home on the water, check out these Mississippi Lake cottage rentals so you can enjoy cottage life as well! Looking to own your own slice of heaven on this part of the water? Contact us and we can make it happen! 

Mississippi Lake
Mississippi Lake - Photo by: Michael Kazda

Awesome Restaurants

Carleton Place has some delicious places to eat! Whether you are into fish and chips, pizza, vegan dishes, Indian cuisine, waterfront dining, or just a simple food truck, you are in for a real treat in Carleton Place! A few of our favourites include The Waterfront Gastro Pub, Boulton House, Freska Cafe & Eatery, Sagar Indian Cuisine, Eataria Unlimited, The Good Food Company, Thirsty Moose Pub & Eatery, Smith & Barrel and 1000 Flavours. There truly is something for everyone when it comes to restaurants in this neighbourhood. If you are just looking for a quick bite, there are also all of the regular fast food places such as McDonald’s, Tim Hortons, Wendys and Subway. 

The Waterfront Gastropub
The Waterfront Gastropub - Photo by: The Waterfront Gastropub

Affordable Real Estate

A great thing about this small town is that the real estate prices are still relatively affordable when compared to other hot spots in and around the city of Ottawa. Because of this, the town’s population is steadily growing, especially with this hot market we are currently in. Many Buyers are losing out on bidding wars in Ottawa and Kanata and moving out to Carleton Place instead. However, the real estate market in this neighbourhood is also quite hot and bidding wars are happening here too. The big difference is what you can get in Carleton Place for the price you are paying. If you are looking for a larger home with a bigger lot size for a cheaper price, Carleton Place might just be for you! Check out Carleton Place listings here

Affordable Real Estate
Affordable Real Estate - Photo by: Freepik

New Development

The other great thing about this small town is all of the new housing developments that are popping up all over the place! Currently, Carleton Place is offering six new developments with everything from single-detached homes to semi-detached and row townhouses. The following companies have developments in the area. Cardel Homes, Olympia Homes, Coleman Central, Longwood Homes, Jackson Homes, Lexart Homes and Park View Homes. These new developments will bring even more people to town which is great for the economy and for investing in real estate in Carleton Place! 

New Development
New Development - Photo by: Freepik

In conclusion, we think that Carleton Place is a great place to live! It doesn’t matter which age or stage of your life you are in, this neighbourhood is for everyone! If you are looking for a town with a bit of a slower pace with more affordable housing, you are going to love living here. The town has everything that you need and if you need more, you are just a quick drive down the highway into Kanata or Ottawa. Because of this, Carleton Place is the perfect place to live!

Looking to purchase your own home in this awesome town? Contact us and we will help you find your dream home!