Carkner and his wife, Kary, along with their two boys Chase (age 4) and Corbin (age 2) made Ottawa their home after he signed with the Sens this past October. Prior to that, the Carkner family resided two hours away in Westport, Ontario.
- Carkner is a third cousin of former NHL defenseman Terry Carkner.
- His father, Dennis, owns and operates "D's Collision Centre" in Winchester, Ontario
- He, too, enjoys the movie "Slap Shot;" when asked by Goonblog.com how many times he's seen it, he answered, "too many" (a man after my own heart - LOVE that movie!)
- rock band - Tragically Hip
- movie(s) - The Hangover, Old School, The Shawshank Redemption
- athlete - Tiger Woods
- meal - chicken parmigiana
- TV show - Lost