Carp has a unique offering of country living minutes from Kanata in West Ottawa. It is close to shopping, theatres, restaurants and the new National Defence building on Moodie Drive. Carp sits on the edge of the Carp Ridge, a geological fault and conversation area. The Carp Hills and the Carp River create the backdrop for the Village of Carp and they add to the beauty and landscape of the surrounding area. The Village of Carp has played a key role in the history of this region.
The Carp Farmers market is the largest producer-based Farmers market in Eastern Ontario. Every weekend from April to October the Carp Farmers Market becomes a popular spot for locals to frequent and to get seasonal fresh produce, prepared foods, arts & crafts, flowers and plants. For over 25 years the Carp Farmers market has been providing the agricultural community and the residents of Carp many kinds of social and economic benefits.
The Village has a rich history in agricultural activities. The Carp Fair is an event that is not to be missed and in 2013 it celebrated its 150th year. It is held every September and it is one of the post popular fairs in all of Ontario and features musical acts, agricultural exhibits, midway, antique showcases and fun for the whole family. It creates a buzz in the village and the community comes together and celebrates the region and all it has to offer.
The Diefenbunker is a local attraction and the source for many activities. The four-story, 300 room, 100,000 sq. ft. underground bunker, was built between 1959-1961 in secret for key members of the Federal Government in the event of a nuclear attack. It now serves as a museum, art gallery, event location, and offers programs and workshops for kids and adults. There is always something going on at the Diefenbunker for people of all ages and has become a part of the community.
If you enjoy being active or you love the outdoors, the Carp Ridge is a where you want to be. Located moments from the Village, it offers rolling hills, beautiful ponds, 600 species of plants and animals, mature trees, streams and wetlands. The underground aquifer supports the supply of the water to the village of Carp and the wells of the residents.
According to the Friends of Carp River “The vision for the Carp Ridge is to ensure that the beauty of its trails and ponds can be enjoyed by the City’s residents while maintaining the natural landscape and healthy biodiversity.”
The Ridge is used by local cross country skiers, snow mobilers, runners, hikers, mountain bikers, dog walkers and people who enjoy being in the beauty of nature.
Skating season begins on outdoor rinks: Thousands of volunteers are preparing the City’s outdoor rinks and, weather permitting, many rinks are open for skating. The City operates more than 250 outdoor rinks citywide, with 8 outdoor rinks in Ward 5:
- Carroll Homestead, 3447 Old Almonte Rd. (www.corkerycommunity.ca)
- Huntley, 108 Juanita Ave. (www.hca-carp.ca)
- March Rural, 1030 Riddell Dr. (www.marchrural.ca)
- Dunrobin, 1151 Thomas Dolan Pkwy (www.dunrobincommunity.com)
- Constance Bay, 262 Len Purcell Dr. (www.cbbca.ca)
- Fitzroy, 100 Clifford Campbell St. (www.fitzroyharbour.com)
- Galetta, 119 Darwin St. (www.galettaca.org)
- Kinburn, 3045 Kinburn Side Rd. (www.kinburn.ca)
This is a video of skijoring of Andy Oswald and his dog Buddy enjoying one of the many trails available on the Carp Ridge.
Pictures of the Village of Carp