Resources, Activities and Programs
Our website is intended to be a useful way for you to find out everything there is to know about what Carlington has to offer all residents. Follow us on social media and/or sign up for the CCA Emailing List to keep up-to-date on these and new resources.
- Caldwell Family Centre (Map): Drop-in centre, food bank, meals and snacks, cooking programs, baby supplies and toy library for kids 1-4 years, school backpack program, after-school program, summer day camp, clothing program, sewing program.
- Carlington Community Chaplaincy (Map) Program schedule: Range of hospitality and arts-based programs for Carlington residents, daily drop-in (Monday to Friday), cooking classes, special-interest classes and groups, pastoral care
- Ottawa Mission Food Truck. 1180 Shillington Avenue (Map): Free hot meals, available from 2:30 to 3:30, second and fourth Monday of each month
Food Security and Availability
- Good Food on the Move: Order fresh fruit and vegetables online weekly from Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to Monday 9:00 a.m. Pick up your order the following Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at 1290 Coldrey Avenue (Carlington Community Health Centre: Map). Phone orders also accepted. Home Delivery: $20.
- Ottawa Mission Food Truck: Pick up free hot meals, available 2:30 to 3:30, second and fourth Monday of each month, at 1180 Shillington Avenue (Map)
- rocery Boxes: Access grocery food boxes Tuesday to Thursday (8:00 to 4:00 p.m.), Friday (8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and Saturday (9:00 to 2:00 p.m.) from the Caldwell Family Centre (Map).
- Healthy Meals: Breakfast from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. and Lunch from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., served at the Bellevue Community Centre (Map).
- Quickie Convenience Store, 1435 Caldwell Avenue (Map): Ottawa Public Health has designated this convenience store as a “Good Food Corner Store” which means that it sells a good selection of fruits and vegetables.
- Municipal: Riley Brockington, City Councillor for River Ward 16. He attends CCA General Meetings to give updates (see the Documents page for the latest ones). See also City
- Carlington Community Health Centre, 1290 Coldrey Avenue (Map).
- Subscribe to the weekly CCHC newletter to be informed of all their activities.
- Parent and child programs, 1-6 years
- Homework clubs, after-school program
- Teen counseling and advocacy
- Senior exercise programs, senior choir
- Primary health care, crisis support, harm reduction services, employment aid/support, free dental services
- Housing support and financial assistance for utilities
- Free and confidential counseling for individuals or families
- Good Food Box (buying fruit/vegetables in bulk)
- The Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, 1053 Carling Avenue (Map)
Parks and Green Spaces
Not only does Carlington border on the Experimental Farm on two sides, it is blessed with many parks and green spaces as well (Map). Carlington has:
- Several city parks with various amenities.
- The “Triangle” at Merivale and Carling: the garden is maintained by CCA volunteers.
- Carlington Woods and Clyde Woods, forests to the south of Carlington with the NCC pathway running through them, are environmentally protected.
- Carlington Community Garden: Located at corner of Woodward Avenue and McBride Street (map). For information on getting a plot, contact them at: email@example.com
- Clyde Bee & Butterfly Patch (iNaturalist): a wild plant pollinator garden maintained by volunteers.
Local Green Organizations:
- Friends of Carlington Park: They work with the Hampton-Iona Community Group on common green issues. The two groups publish a joint newsletter; sign up at CarlingtonHampton@gmail.com.
- Friends of the Central Experimental Farm
- KeepFisherGreen.ca: their aim is to protect Fisher Avenue and the near-by urban forest.
- Bike Repair Station, close to Alexander Community Centre (map)
- Computer Café: Access to computers, Wi-Fi and a printer available from Monday to Friday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Caldwell Family Centre, 1475 Caldwell Avenue (map).
- Communauto (car-sharing): Carlington location: Best Western (1274 Carling Avenue at Merivale)
- Special deals with OC Transpo and VIA Rail for combined car-sharing and public transportation.
- Members also have access to car-sharing networks in Gatineau, Kingston, Toronto, Waterloo/Hamilton, Montreal, Quebec City and Sherbrooke.
- Pet Resource Bank Ottawa: Keeps people and their pets together during difficult times, services include: food, information, supplies and grooming, etc.
- Ottawa Outdoor Gear Library (Map): A non-profit, volunteer-driven organization whose goal is to enable more people to enjoy the benefits of being active outdoors, and to reduce barriers to access nature in the City. Fees are pay-as-you-can.
- Ottawa Tool Library (Map): A non-profit organization that provides tools, expertise and a workspace for projects. You can borrow tools to bring home or work on your project in their workspace. Subscribe to their newsletter to find out about free events such as Repair Cafés, Demo Nights and Workshops for all ages. Their Tinkering School teaches tool skills to children age 8-12.