May 10

Carp Ontario Canada Ottawa Air Show, Experimental Aircraft Association, Diefenbunker, Carp Fair, Drive-In Bingo, Military History



Unofficially boasting the second highest UFO sightings behind Roswell. Home to Canada’s largest nuclear bunker! On again, off again, Carp is once again host to the annual Ottawa Air Show! Annual destination for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast. A location for a Tom Clancy movie shoot staring Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman.

Intrigued? Well you should be! The Historic Village of Carp has nothing to do with the fish by the same name. The seemingly sleepy rural community sits on the northwestern fringe of the city of Ottawa just a bit ‘up the valley’ as they say in the (Ottawa) Valley. Carp, though a small village and predominantly a farming community, has some of Canada’s defined history running through its veins.

The [debatable] secret building of the four-storey nuclear fallout Diefenbunker, was a massive Federal Government construction project completed in 1961. Now part of Canadian Cold War history, a tour through this concert and steel underground fortress will stimulate your senses with the intrigue of espionage, spies and covert operations. Come prepared to walk up and down stairs.

Carp, in the 1960s and 70s, was noted for the unusual number of UFO sightings. This is not surprising, since the Diefenbunker was a military commissioned, secure defense communications installation. Department of National Defense (DND) personnel would cycle through a tour-of-duty for up to three months inside this bunker facility.

For about 40 glorious seconds in the Tom Clancy suspense movie The Sum of all Fears”, the Diefenbunker was Mt. Weather, Virginia, USA. The inclined tunnel leading to the huge steel-vault-like doors and locations inside the complex were used as a backdrop for the movie, scripted around a nuclear attack on America.

Nice being picked by Hollywood, but the real enticement to visit Carp is its local character. Rooted in agriculture, adds that ‘country fair’ feel when in June, the Carp Airport hosts the Ottawa Air Show and again in August, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA Chapter 245 ) fly-in breakfast. Both of these Aviation spectacles boast aerial displays, vintage and modern airplanes and always a taste of aerial hot-doggin’. Although hosted on a smaller scale, rivals the big heart and excitement of the Abbotsford BC International Air Show.

It’s all morning fly-in action surrounding the Annual EAA Chapter 245 fly-in breakfast. Sometimes landing back-to-back the pilots, in their kit-built aircraft, circle, land and taxi to designated parking spots. Over 50 to 60 planes are flown in during this much anticipated event. Pilots eat a hearty breakfast, fuss over their aircraft, catch up on news from other pilots, and some then take off into the wild blue yonder. Others, like August Lehmann, veteran pilot of 49 years, flew in from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, to attend the annual EAA Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast. Mr. Lehmann, who flew his custom made 2005 Cessna 230 H.P. Cyclone at an average speed of 130 mph, took the opportunity to visit with friends and relatives along his flight path to Carp, Ontario.

One plane that draws a lot of up-close attention is the prop-version replica kit of the Canadian Snowbird Team CT-114 Tutor jet, right down to the paint. One bi-plane had vintage enthusiasts crowding around for a closer look. Wow! Beautifully lacquered wood throughout the cockpit and on the wings. Lots of photo opportunities everywhere you turned. It was hard for shutterbugs to keep up.

It may start with the Carp Airport, but Carp charm doesn’t stop there. It has a few more unique long-standing attractions:

1) Home to Canada’s longest running drive-in Bingo as highlighted on the CBC Show ‘On The Road Again’ with Wayne Ronstad. Started in 1954 and still going strong!

2) Over 142 years of the Carp Fair, held during the last weekend in September!

3) Incredible sunsets and easy access to some of the best Snowmobiling and ATV trails in Canada!

Enough said! C’mon over! Chat with the locals. Bring your family and friends for a visit to one of Ottawa Valley’s gems.

Check out additional images of Carp at (search on ‘Carp Charm’).

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Oct 25

Need somewhere fun to visit over May Half Term? We have just the place


Declan Ellis

The May Half Term is just around the corner and if youre looking for things to do Yorkshire, Xscape provides the perfect day of family fun. There are activities suitable for people of all ages along with shops to browse and a host of delicious restaurants to dine at. Whether you want to grab your snow sports gear Yorkshire and hit the slopes at Snozone or kick back and relax in front of Cineworlds IMAX screen, youre guaranteed a fantastic day out West Yorkshire at Xscape. Here are just a few of the fun-fuelling activities to get on board with

Volcano Falls Adventure Golf

Volcano Falls Adventure Golf sends the whole family on a quest through a mysterious island armed with nothing but a mini golf club and ball. With 18 holes to complete, its an incredible adventure for everyone. It may be one of the most fun things to do Yorkshire at Xscape, but beware you might just come across a plunging waterfall and a ferocious T-Rex on your way!

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Snozone is one of Xscapes most popular attractions and with three fantastic shops from which to buy your snow sports gear Yorkshire, youll get all the advice you need to take on the slope, no matter where your level of ability sits. Furthermore, it doesnt matter whether you want to snowboard, ski or sledge on your day out West Yorkshire this half term the Snozone team can assist you with any activity you want to tackle.


If youd prefer grabbing your laser packs and phasers than your snow sports gear Yorkshire, LaserZone is the perfect group activity for your May Half Term day out West Yorkshire. Xscapes LaserZone has a multi-level, 4,000sqft arena where you can battle it out by zapping your opponents and blasting their bases to win the most points. Its bound to be fun for the whole family as well as bringing out your competitive side.

Gravity Trampoline Parks

This bouncy, wall-to-wall trampoline park is not only great fun to play on but its a fantastic way to enjoy exercise as well. Many of the things to do Yorkshire at Xscape are great for getting the heart racing, but this activity in particular will give all the family a brilliant workout.


Always a fantastic family activity, Tenpin provides fun and competitive ten-pin bowling. With a buzzing atmosphere and a variety of arcade games alongside tasty food and drinks, as far as things to do Yorkshire go, Tenpin is a family favourite.

If youre interested in coming along and enjoying the many things to do Yorkshire at Xscape this May Half Term, it is advisable to check the website for opening times and, where possible, pre-book your activity before you come along. With free car parking and endless fabulous activities, Xscape will give you a family day out West Yorkshire like no other.

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