Named after the Carp River which flows near this tranquil community, Carp was established as a post village in 1866 and is located just 10 minutes north of Kanata and 40 minutes from downtown Ottawa. Today, this quiet enclave on the outskirts of the city is home to approximately 2,000 residents and several businesses including basic amenities like grocery stores and other shops, as well as a winery and brewery.

Many Ottawa families decide to settle in Carp to be close to breathtaking natural surroundings including the rushing river, lush forests, sweeping hills, and pastoral valleys. As this community is just minutes from the Kanata North Business Park, it’s increasingly become a top choice for professionals looking to be close to work and the city while enjoying the peacefulness of a small town. 

Carp residents can immerse themselves in nature at the Carp Hills Nature Preserve or enjoy activities for the entire family at the curling clubs, splash pad, Carp Tennis Club, West Carleton W Erskine Johnston Arena or West Carleton Amateur Sports Club. 

The demand for homes in Carp is responsible for a rise in new construction properties and is contributing to the growth of the community. Homes in this area reflect the surrounding beauty with unique architectural features that set each one apart. Most houses in Carp are single-family homes on large lots that have maintained the distinct character of the village.

Carp is also a popular tourist destination for those who enjoy history and culture. Thousands of people make their way to this quaint village each year to experience the Diefenbunker Museum, enjoy the annual fair, indulge at the farmers market, and taste the creations at the local vineyard and brew house.

Why we love Carp

Ideal for those who want to experience a slower-paced lifestyle while still being able to access the conveniences of the city, Carp is the perfect place to plant roots and grow. You can experience the best of both worlds in this idyllic village surrounded by nature as it’s only a short drive from the City of Ottawa. You can also enjoy the outdoors year-round with summer water activities on the Carp River and invigorating winter activities like snowmobiling or snowshoeing. The Carp Fair which has been running since 1863 hosts live music and is filled with local produce and fare from baked goods, honey, syrups, and more.

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