The Friends of the Carp River (FCR) is an action-based group of volunteers with a proven track record of working together with landowners, recreational users, government agencies, and businesses to improve the quality of the Carp River. Our goal is to encourage improved shoreline management practices, thereby helping to restore the ribbon of life along the river’s length. We will accomplish our goal through constructive engagement with all stakeholders for the benefit of the community. Our intent is neither to hinder nor oppose responsible development, but to simply ensure that all actions lead to improvement in the quality of life in and along the Carp River and its watershed for the mutual benefit of its human and wildlife communities.
At 44 km long, the Carp River is the only river that flows entirely within the boundaries of the City of Ottawa.
The Carp River is a navigable waterway that comes under the jurisdiction of the Federal Fisheries Act. The Carp River watershed is located in the former municipalities of West Carleton, Kanata, and Goulbourn. The headwaters of the system are the marshes in the NCC land (Old Quarry Trail, P5) at Eagleson Road near Hazeldean Road in Kanata. The Upper Carp River runs from here under Eagleson Road through Glen Cairn where it empties into the marshes south of the Canadian Tire Centre. From here it flows north for about 42 km through West Carleton into the Ottawa River at Fitzroy Harbour.
Major tributaries of the Carp River include: Poole Creek, Feedmill Creek, and Huntley Creek.
The Friends of the Carp River Inc. is a non-profit corporation incorporated in the Province of Ontario.