The Experimental Farm in Ottawa – it is the country farm right in the City of Ottawa.
In 1886 the Canadian federal Department of Agriculture needed a central agricultural research station, the Experimental Farm was established, and ever since Ottawa, Ontario Canada is the only national capital city in the world to have a working farm right in the heart of the city.
Yes, it is only in Ottawa, Canada that you can find a scene as shown in the photo below, right near the center of the city.
The experimental farm in Ottawa is an active research facility and a National Historic Site, requiring some careful management to allow it to fulfill both roles.
As a National Historical Site the experimental farm welcomes both the citizens of Ottawa and guests to tour the facility. Things to do include seeing the:
- Ornamental Gardens
- Heritage Buildings
- Canada Agriculture Museum
The Arboretum, a lovely 26 hectares in size nestled between the Experimental Farm and the Rideau Canal, offers drive or walk through convenience to see a variety of well established trees, some planted in the experimental farm in 1889. Or, you can park at one of the spots to wander the grounds, perhaps have a picnic, or just relax among the beautiful trees.
The Arboretum is open to the visiting public from sunup to sundown year round, and there is no charge to visit and enjoy the grounds.
When you visit The Arboretum, and if you are a Hosta fan, try not to miss the walking tour of the Hosta Garden located on the Arboretum grounds. Though it was spring when I was last there, and though none of the Hostas were in bloom, I think these pictures will show that it is still a beautiful spot to visit.
Depending on the time of the year, the Ornamental Gardens are just glorious, a small glimpse which you can see from the picture below.
There is much more to see and do at the Experimental Farm than I have shown here. Best visit to see for yourself.
It is just over 6 kilometres (4 miles) to the Central Experimental Farm from Ottawa’s Parliament Buildings. As noted earlier, it is located right in the heart of Ottawa.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
K.W. Neatby Building – Room 1103
960 Carling Avenue
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