Late Autumn Weekends in Carp

Posted: September 10, 2012 in Local Community, Visitors Services
Tags: , ,

The first week of school is almost over, and it’s time to think of fall. Carp, as an agricultural community, is a busy place this time of year, especially on weekends. If you are coming out to visit us at the Diefenbunker, there are many things to do around here.

Saturdays, the Carp Market, from 8 AM-2 PM, is a bustling place full of enticing market stalls, food, and friendly folks, such as Joe from Pizza All’Antica. A mobile wood-burning pizza oven owned and operated by the whole family serves up authentic Neapolitan pizzas at the market.

Pizza in the Oven

Joe from Pizza All’Antica. Photo by Henriette Riegel (c) 2012

Carp Carrots

Carrots at the Carp Market. Photo by Henriette Riegel (c) 2012

Across the road is the new Alice’s Village Café, where you can get a great cup of coffee and lunch or a decadent snack (try the ‘Big Nasty’ cinnamon bun), open weekends starting at 7 AM and weekdays at 6 AM. Speaking of decadent treats, Twisty Cream, just down the road from Alice’s, is one of my favourite spots for ice cream, and this is certainly a great place to take your family after visiting the Diefenbunker. I have a hard time driving by here on a hot summer afternoon without stopping for a cone. And because it’s Carp, even the family pet gets a small cone.

Alice's Village Cafe

Alice’s Village Cafe. Photo by Henriette Riegel (c) 2012

Twisty Cream Ice Cream - Sundae

Twisty Cream Sundae. Photo by Henriette Riegel (c) 2012

Carp is also the home of Carp Pizza and The Swan. Carp Pizza offers a discount for Diefenbunker birthday parties and rentals, and they even do gluten-free pizza crust. The Swan caters many Diefenbunker events and rentals and is known for their creative catering and their delicious hand-made chocolates and cakes. Sunny, the chocolatier, loves a challenge, and has made such delicacies as ‘nuclear fallout shelter’ truffles and spy-meets-spy birthday cakes for us. Lunches and dinners are also delicious, cooked by Cordon Bleu-trained chef Joe.

Carp Pizza - storefront image

Carp Pizza – photo by Henriette Riegel (c) 2012

The Swan at Carp - restaurant

The Swan at Carp – photo by Henriette Riegel (c) 2012

A visit on Sunday can also be combined with attending a church service. Both St. James the Apostle Anglican Church and St. Paul’s United Church hold Sunday services, at 9.30 AM and 10.30 AM respectively.

St James' Church

St James’ Church – photo by Henriette Riegel (c) 2012

Although Carp is only a half hour’s drive from downtown Ottawa, the quaint and friendly village atmosphere will make you feel like you are on vacation. It’s a great place to take your family for a day’s outing.

Please ask any Diefenbunker staff or volunteers for more suggestions on what to do in Carp and the surrounding area! We are happy to help!
613-839-0007 or


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s