Community Highlight: Carp

Welcome to Carp

The village of Carp is located in the most western ward of the City of Ottawa, approximately 10 minutes West of Kanata. Carp is the perfect location if you are looking for a small town feel and rural living, but don’t want to be far from the city. This agriculturally rooted town is still home to generations of families and with newly constructed communities, it is quickly becoming a welcoming place for newcomers that are looking for the perfect mix of country and city. Carp is home to many large properties with land that buyers are eager to purchase these days. The town also boasts many tight-knit communities with single or semi-detached homes and townhomes that are perfect for families, singles, or retiree’s. For workers with a commute, Carps neighbouring communities, Stittsville and Kanata offer many Park n Ride locations where transportation can be organized if travelling closer downtown or to the east end of Ottawa. This quiet, quaint community is the ideal place to live if you are looking to escape the busy city life and find something a little more country with amenities by the dozen as a place to call your new home.

Reasons to make Carp Home

The Village of Carp really has something for everyone. It is it’s own town with everything you need; food, restaurants, shops, banks, automobile shops and more. Anything else needed is a quick trip away to neighbouring communities such as Stittsville or Kanata. It is still close to the city of Ottawa for those who want the hustle and bustle, but also crave that small town feeling and the tranquility of country living. It’s wide range of housing can satisfy large families and singles and the many activities and events held by the community will provide you with opportunities to be involved, and the generous, friendly locals will have everyone feeling right at home in no time at all. 

Reasons to move to Carp

Career Opportunities in Carp

Being an agricultural town, Carp has a large variety of trade occupations. From farming to landscaping, construction and even aviation, Carp offers many differing career opportunities. Just off of Highway 417, Carp Road heading North into the town shows the amount of businesses that call this area home. Some larger companies that provide great hiring opportunities include Tomlinson Waste and Recovery Centre, Waste Management, KOTT Landscaping and Aecon (formerly Karson Group). Also along Carp Road is the town’s very own Airport. Although you won’t be able to catch international flights here, it offers aviation maintenance, training, licensing and rentals. 

Communities in Carp

Mattino – Diamondview Estates: A new area of townhomes and single homes with oversized lots just off of Wingover Private in Carp Ridge, just off of March Road and Highway 417. This location is set for occupancy late 2021-early 2022 and is selling fast. With homes ranging from 1,750 to 3,600 square feet, this development is ideal for families, singles and young professionals and retirees wanting to remain close to the city. 

Westwood: Located off of March road between Old Carp Road and Huntmar, this area offers areas with larger pieces of land and beautiful neighbourhoods. Most of these homes are landscaped for privacy and frequently have luxurious backyards with pools and large yards. 

Village of Carp: In the heart of the town, just off of Donald B. Munro and Carp Road, is where you will find the majority of Carps homes. This area is a series of single homes, townhouses and bungalows in great neighbourhoods where everyone knows their neighbours. These areas are ideal for families of every size, in every stage of life. In the community, there is Huntley Centennial Public School, W. Erskine Johnston Arena, Carp Tennis Club and Carp Agricultural Society (fairgrounds). It is a great area to raise a family with strong community involvement and values. 

Carp Commons Retirement Village: A newly built retirement village that offers luxury suites for Independent Seniors and with the option for additional services. There are amenities such as a salon/spa, fitness room, movie theatre/game room and bistro pub and bar. It is a beautiful retirement community that offers nursing staff, meal services and is close to medical centres, pharmacies and all small businesses/shops Carp has to offer.

Attractions in Carp

For having a small population of around 2,000 residents, Carp is full of attractions. It’s main street is jam packed with small and trendy businesses run by friendly locals. A night out at a fancy restaurant in the city will not be needed, as the village of Carp has everything you need at your own backdoor. Things to do include:

Alice’s Cafe: This restaurant is in the heart of downtown Carp. They offer great meals from breakfast through to dinner. They also serve amazing coffee and tea if you’re just in the mood for a quick drink. Their patio overlooking downtown is also a great place to spend a casual evening with the family, or a night out without the kids.

Ridge Rock Brewing Company: This brewery was created in 2018 by 4 locals who do an amazing job representing Carp history. The wood used to make their tables and bar top are made from local trees that were dried in a homemade solar kiln in one of the owner’s backyards, and the railroad track used underneath the bar top is original to the railway that used to pass through the town. This company also offers a large patio overlooking downtown, perfect for those looking to enjoy the warm summer nights.

Carp Custom Creamery: Who doesn’t love ice cream? This spot offers over 40 flavours of ice cream anyone would enjoy, with gluten free and vegan options also available! You can grab a cone to go or take home a 1L tub of their famous flavours. 

Kin Vineyards: This vineyard sits on 47 beautiful acres in Carp. They make their wine in house and host many events throughout the summer and fall. A night can be enjoyed here sitting outside with a charcuterie board and a glass of wine, or you can spend the day taking a tour and tasting.

The Diefenbunker Museum: Now a museum, this was first created in 1959 during the Cold War as protection for the Government and Military from possible nuclear attacks. Built on a former farm, this 75 foot bunker now offers tours and exhibitions. It is also a great option for something to do on a hot day as it is all underground.

Carp Farmers Market: This local market is one of the best parts of Carp. Every year from May until October, every Saturday morning is dedicated to the farmers market. It is the best place to get anything and everything local. They offer vegetables, preserves, wine, honey, crafts, candles and more. It was named the largest producer-based Farmers’ Market in Eastern Ontario and has the friendliest vendors and visitors you will meet.

Carp Airport: If you’re interested in flying in the passenger seat, Carp Airport now offers Ottawa Bi-Plane Rides Inc. every Saturday in July and August. It is a great way to see the city from a birds eye view. 

Full-Service Carp

While the population of Carp is minimal in comparison to other suburbs or Ottawa, the amenities within the city are here to serve. Carp is home to excellent local public elementary and nursery schools. Additionally, there is beautiful green space with an array of trees blanketing the area, and the Community Centre that hosts many recreational programs for people of all ages encourages the benefits of an active lifestyle.

Carp is also home to many different types of local businesses and specialty stores that cater to most of the needs of its residents and homeowners. Here you can find hairdressers and barber shops, medical clinics, massage therapy, restaurants, yoga, fitness centres, music schools, grocers, a hardware store, and much more. Provided all the excellent benefits of living in the city of Carp, most residents don’t mind venturing into the neighbouring Kanata community for needs that exceed what is provided here, if and when the need presents itself.

If you feel that Carp would be a perfect place to call home, Call the Agent DK Team and we can help get you settled there!