Kars is a village on the Rideau River within the rural section of the city of Ottawa, Ontario. Prior to joining the city in 2000 it was part of Rideau Township. Kars was originally named Wellington. In 1856, in order to distinguish it from another settlement called Wellington in Prince Edward County, the village was renamed Kars - a name chosen to commemorate the siege of the Turkish town of Kars and the Canadian-born General William Fenwick Williams who had undertaken its defense.
The Rideau River is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rideau Canal. Kars is located along the longest, uninterrupted section of the River between locks at Long Island in Manotick and Burritt's Rapids. As a small community, most residents work in the city of Ottawa although the village does have an automotive garage and a general store/post office.
The village had two schools prior to 2011. However in that year, a decision was made to demolish Kars Public School in favor of an expansion of Rideau Valley Middle School. The enlarged school, renamed Kars on the Rideau Public School, is located on nearly 12 acres of land and its nearby soccer fields are among the best kept in all of Ottawa.
Kars no longer has a summer fair but a dog show has continued to run at the former fairgrounds site.
Rideau Valley Air Park is located to the south of the village and is the base of operations for the Rideau Valley Soaring School.
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