Carp River

The Carp River is an important watercourse in Ottawa

Carp River (Ottawa)

The Carp River is located in the northwest portion of the City of Ottawa (in the former municipalities of West Carleton, Kanata, and Goulbourn).

The Carp River:

  • Is 42km long and drains an area of approximately 306 km²
  • Flows entirely within the City of Ottawa
  • Has its headwaters in the Glen Cairn area of Kanata just south of the Canadian Tire Centre
  • Flows north into the Ottawa River at Fitzroy Harbour
  • Is one source of the City of Ottawa’s drinking water


The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority has been working on a number of significant projects that will enhance the Carp River and its watershed, based on recommendations from the Carp River Watershed/Subwatershed Study December 2004 and involve community partners such as the Friends of the Carp River, the City of Ottawa, and local community members.


Call us for more information on MVCA initiatives to improve watershed health around the Carp River.

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