Carp River Conservation Area in Kanata: Trail Report

Carp River Conservation Area in Kanata: Trail Report

The trails within the city of Ottawa are diverse, interesting, beautiful, and in abundance. #whoknew So when Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority picked up Carp River as a new Conservation Area right in the heart of city life – it was exciting. Not only is it a a nice wide and relatively flat 4km trail, but it also makes for a stunning sunset backdrop.

Suggested Stops

It’s easy to recommend Carp for shops and stops if you’d like to make this a day trip. In Carp there’s the Crazy Horse trail, Alice’s Cafe, Ridge Rock Brewing Company, other shops and of course, the Deifenbunker museum. You can combine this hike with the Crazy Horse Trail, Sheila McKee Park, South Marsh Conservation Area, or Shirley’s Bay.

Important Insights

The Carp River CA is a great place to promote curiousity become a citizen scientist by using @inaturalistorg⁠ app or @team_ebird. These can be used to complete The Eco Activist Series challenge.⁠ “Consider this new conservation area as a gateway to nature; connecting the community to the pulsing vitality of riparian shorelines: wading birds, pollinators and wildflowers, basking turtles, river otters, and the seasonal rhythm of migrating birds.” – MVCA

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) people.⁠ It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from, if there are corrections please send to

Land Management

Trail Details

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Ecological Significance


Hiking, Birding


Permitted on-leash. Absolutely no off-leash permitted. See the Ultimate Guide to Hiking with Dogs in Ottawa and Region.

Trail Description

There is currently 2kms of the planned 4km trail open to the public. Making for a nice loop of the main area around the river and habitat pond. Eventually the trail leading down to Campeau will be completed. The trail itself is wide, mix of paved and small gravel sections, flat, and easy to walk. There is interpretive signs along the pathway. This area really allows to see the winding Carp River in all her beauty. The trail is accessible in that it is flat and wide. There is a habitat pond on the north west end. The trail also features a nice picturesque bridge along the looped section with high grass areas to promote wildlife.

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