West Carleton

West Carleton Fast Facts

  • Population: 25,125
  • Size: 719 sq. km
  • Avg. household income: $139,577
  • Number of homes: 9,290
  • Distance from Parliament Hill: 38 km west
  • Who’s building: Phoenix, Mattino


West Carleton is big, almost the size of the city of Calgary. The Ottawa River forms its northern and part of its eastern boundary, stretching south to March Road where it veers west at the Dunrobin turnoff. The southern boundary follows March Road to Huntmar Drive, where it dips further south to Richardson Side Road before turning west again and roughly following Richardson Side Road and Old Almonte Road. The western border, of both West Carleton and the City of Ottawa, straddles Golden Line Road and Upper Dwyer Hill Road. 

Map of West Carleton, city of Ottawa
Illustration: Dwight MacPherson / Source: Google Maps, StatCan


Farms, small towns and estate subdivisions constitute much of West Carleton, which is just to the west of Kanata and about 38 kilometres from downtown Ottawa. Towns include Carp, site of the popular Carp Farmers’ Market and the Diefenbunker, a relic of the Cold War that is now a museum; Constance Bay, with two beaches on the Ottawa River; Fitzroy Harbour and the adjacent provincial park (also on the river), and the steadily growing Dunrobin. Many West Carleton residents commute to Ottawa for work. Housing is a mix of resale, custom and small developments.

Full profile coming soon.


Transit options

Although there is Para Transpo and weekly OC Transpo “shopper route” service, residents must rely on cars in West Carleton. The Queensway/Highway 417 skirts the western border of this ward. Other main routes into the urban core include Carp Road, March Road and Dunrobin Road.

The area is also popular with cycling clubs, although there are few dedicated cycling routes in the area.



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