Carlington is a quiet, family-friendly community. Stores, restaurants and other conveniences are found on Merivale Road, which runs diagonally through the neighbourhood. St. Augustine, St. Pius High School, St. Rita and Frank Ryan Catholic Senior High Schools are among the schools in the area.
Nearby Raven Park, Carlington Park and the Experimental Farm Land are frequented by Carlington residents who utilize the bike paths, off-leash dog parks and the dome toboggan hill. Carlington is just a short distance from downtown.