Carp is about 10 km north of exit 144 of Highway 417 West from Ottawa. The trip takes about 40 minutes.
The small Ottawa/Carp airfield (YRP IATA) is a popular general aviation facility just south of Carp.
There is no public transportation in the town of Carp, although due to the to town's size, walking or biking will allow you to see much of what the town has to offer.
- 1 Diefenbunker (Canada's Cold War Museum), 3911 Carp Road (Next to the town library. From ON-417, take exit 144 for Carp Road, drive 8–10 minutes through village of Carp and look for "Diefenbunker" billboard.), ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mar-Dec: Daily 11AM–4PM. Jan-Feb: Tue–Sun 11AM–4PM, Mon closed. Built at the height of the Cold War (1959-1961) as the Central Emergency Government Headquarters, this giant four-story underground bunker reinforced to stand a 5-megaton nuclear blast was designed as the site where Canada's leadership could ride out a nuclear holocaust. The name is a play on the name of the Prime Minister at the time, John Diefenbaker. Decommissioned in 1994, the site is now run by a dedicated group of volunteers working to preserve and restore it to its glory days in that paranoid era, complete with period maps showing what parts of Canada (and the US) would have faced nuclear doom in the event of World War III. Self-guided tours with audio narration. Or, 90–120 minute English tours at 11AM and 2PM daily all year around, French tours Weds, Sat, Sun 2pm, more on weekends and in the summer. Probably wise to book in advance. Bring a sweater. $14+tax.
- Attend the Carp Fair in late September
- Carp Farmers' Market, 3790 Carp Road. Saturdays 8AM-1PM. The largest farmers' market in Eastern Ontario.
- Indulge in the delicacies at the main bakery on Donald B. Munro Dr.
"Downtown" Carp amounts to a handful of local spots. You've got your ice cream stand named "Twisty Cream", owned by local entrepreneur Helen Hood, Carp Pizza, a Chinese take-out, and a chicken and potatoes shop. There are some dining out options but your best bet is probably:
- The Swan, 108 Falldown Rd, ☎ . In 2004, two Cordon-Bleu trained chefs turned new owners brought to this traditionally styled pub a menu with international fare. An impressive drink selection awaits. Try also, one of their homemade desserts. $12-25 (not including drinks, tax, or tip).
- JD's Dining Lounge, 111 Walgreen, ☎ .
- Main Street Pub, 1408 Main St, ☎ .
- 1 Alice's Village Café, 3773 Carp Road, ☎ , e-mail: Alice@alicesvillagecafe.com. Mon–Wed 6AM–9PM, Thu–Fri 6AM–10PM, Sat 7AM–10PM, Sun 7AM–9PM. Alice's straddles the line between a coffee-house and a burger grill. The have lattes of every description and pastries, but also tasty cuisine-burgers and salads. A few vegetarian choices, including a juice portobello-burger. In warm weather the sidewalk tables, under the awning that lines the red-brick building, are pleasant. Entrees $10-14, Kids entrees $7.
An LCBO is located on the main strip.
- Cheshire Cat, 2193 Richardson Side Rd, ☎ . Traditional English pub
- Windsong Manor Bed & Breakfast, 1342 Corkery Road, Carp, ☎ .