The village of Richmond is part of the City of Ottawa and is 35 km from Parliament Hill. The drive takes about 30 minutes.
The Rideau Trail runs through the region and boasts many valleys and several rivers. It consists of nearly 400 km of interconnected trails from Ottawa to Kingston, and covers everything from farmland to the Canadian Shield.
Some species at risk are hidden in the forests, including bobolink and the barn swallow.
About 15% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the United Kingdom, China, and Lebanon.
Arabic, Mandarin, and Italian are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 2% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $62,030.
Find your way through the largest collection of hedge mazes in the world at Saunders Farm in Munster. The farm also hosts Halloween fright nights and Farm Fresh Dinners to celebrate the local community of farmers and foodies.
Watson’s Mill in Manotick is one of the few remaining grist mills in North America, and is rumoured to be haunted. Visit it on Sundays and pick up a sack of flour.
The Jock River, also known as The Mighty Jock, got its name from a man name Jacques who drowned in the river in the early 19th century.
The riding gets its name from the historic Carleton County, which was superseded by the City of Ottawa in 2001 when city boundaries were amalgamated with neighbouring municipalities. The county was named after Guy Carleton, 1st Baron of Dorchester, who was governor general of the Canadas from 1786 to 1796.
Considering it’s a riding in the National Capital Region, it’s not a surprise that public administration is a key employer. Around 20% of the riding’s labour force is employed in the public administration sector.
About 63% of the riding’s work force has some sort of post-secondary education.
A local 100-acre solar farm with 60,000 solar panels contributes 10 megawatts to the local hydro grid. That’s enough to power 3,000 homes at any one time.
Part of the National Capital Greenbelt falls within the riding. The greenbelt’s 20,000 hectares of greenspace, farms, forests, and wetland encircles the City of Ottawa to protect vital biodiversity in the region. Pine Grove, the greenbelt’s largest forest, falls within the riding.
The village of Richmond’s mascot is a fox, a nod to the legend of a rabid fox in Quebec spreading disease to — and eventually killing — the Duke of Richmond (governor general of British North America) in 1819.
The Metcalfe Fair has been held annually since 1856. The fair began as an agricultural fair for the communities south and east of Ottawa. The fair was supposed to rotate annually between the townships of Gloucester, Osgoode, Russell, and Cumberland, but found its permanent home in Metcalfe in 1861.