Our River, Our Heritage, Our Well-Being
The Friends of the Carp River are exploring the development of a pedestrian trail along the river below the Diefenbunker in the village of Carp. Called the Carp Riverwalk, the one kilometer loop would have all-season use for people to enjoy walking, jogging, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing along the Carp River.
The concept for the trail dates back many years. In the 2012 Carp Community Design Plan, it shows up as a possible future pathway that runs from Craig’s Side Road to Donald B. Munro Drive. Our project focuses only on the part of the trail that is located on City-owned land along the river beside the Diefenbunker Museum grounds. It may also include the area between Carp Road and the museum grounds for pedestrian access to the Mess Hall to create a larger loop. Extending the trail to the village core is dependent on future development.
The trail would serve recreation, health/well-being, heritage, and environment purposes. It is both a link to physical activity and a connection to village heritage and the natural world.
People would access the trail from the parking lot at Craig’s Side Road, from the Mess Hall, or from the museum parking lot. Walking the loop surrounded by nature – trees, grass, and water – is good for the body, mind, and spirit.
Interpretive signs would provide information about the Carp River and about the former CFS Carp. Views from the trail provide unique vantage points for bunker structures. A portion of the land was used as the septic lagoon during CFS operation, the outline of which can still be seen in satellite photos. Historical use of the Carp River in the village can also be profiled.
There are opportunities for remediation of runoff from the site into the Carp River and for landscaping with native species that support pollinators and enhance the riparian buffer.
Much remains to be determined before the project can become a reality: what the trail will look like, where exactly will it go, how it will be maintained, how much the project will cost, and what partners we will need to help us make it a success.
The land is administered by the Huntley Community Association (HCA) under its agreement with the City of Ottawa. We are working with the HCA and the Diefenbunker Museum, and will be involving the community and other village organizations as plans progress.
If you’d like to become involved in this project, please contact us.
Read the West Carleton Online article: Winter Carnival Samples Carp Riverwalk, 5 March 2020.
Read the West Carleton – Your Community Voice article, go to page 15: Group Testing the Water for Carp Riverwalk (PDF), 5 March 2020.