Carp is a vibrant small, rural community on the Northwest Side of Ottawa. Named after the Carp River, which was itself named after the French name for its large population of suckerfish, there is a lot more to this region than its pleasant river views. The Carp Farmer’s Market is a popular destination for locals and visitors from urban Ottawa, with local vendors selling fresh and prepared foods, garden plants, pottery, and other decorations. The market is open from 8 am to 1 pm on Saturdays from May to October, and also hosts festivals and events to enjoy. Carp’s rural location makes it a great location for sports too, and several golf clubs and an archery range give you options for where you want to practice your game. Another place worth visiting in Carp is the Diefenbunker, a Cold War era nuclear bunker which was designed to protect Canada’s government. The facility is now a Cold War museum, and is well worth visiting to learn about things that are not often discussed in the classroom. Whether visiting the market, the Diefenbunker, or just spending a summer afternoon by the scenic Carp River, you will likely get hungry. Fortunately, Carp more than provides with a number of great restaurants, from the charming Alice’s Village Café, to the historic Cheshire Cat Pub (located in an authentic historical schoolhouse, which has been repaired after a recent fire). If you’re looking for something lighter, you could always just stop for ice cream at the Carp Custom Creamery, which is always guaranteed to have something yummy.