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Central Experimental Farm

Prince of Wales Dr. | at Experimental Farm Dr., Ottawa, Ontario K1G 5A3, Canada
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Ranked #22 of 50 Activities in Ottawa
Type: Farms
Description: This 500-hectare working farm serves as an experimental station for both farmers and food manufacturers.
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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Do not bring your children here, it was the most depressing sight for my family to see all the piglets up against a cage trying to be close to their mother that was on the other side of the cage. Each pig was clearly TOO BIG to fit in the little pens they were in and looked like they were... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Sure, it is nice to have a "farm" right in the city and by itself, this is something worth preserving and promoting. Maybe I am getting tired of seeing this place but for the price paid, it is not like there is that much to see and do What I liked: Educational in nature, talks by some of the keepers,... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Took 2 11yr olds there who love animals, although most kids we saw were younger. They had different talks or pet the animal things about every half hour so we just went from one to the next. The place is pretty small so if you just wandered around, I think you'd be done in like an hour but we spent... More

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Toronto, Canada
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52 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I live in Ottawa and bicycle a lot, so stopping here every few weeks lets me see new flowers that are in bloom. I fully understand why many wedding groups come here for their photos. The variety of flowers is amazing: from roses and lilacs to poenies and poppies, daisies, hostas,.... there is a flower type for every fancy. And... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

We visit frequently being one of our kids favorite places to go! Unlike many animal visiting places, the experimental farm animals look healthy, clean, well taken care of! The staff is always helping and pleasant. Nice park with play structures and good place to pack a picnic as well.

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

It is November, so not a lot going on at the experimental farm, but we went to the Agriculture museum & were v pleasantly surprised. If you have kids <8 the experience is tailored to them and worthwhile. Lots of animals, a v good bee exhibit and enough to keep us going for a couple of hours.

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Ottawa, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

What a great way to spend a hot summer day--visiting The Farm. hard to believe that this exists in the middle of a large city.

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Ottawa, Canada
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18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

I just like walking around to see the flowers. I don't see much of the people who maintain this though and it seems to be difficult to get access to garden alongside those who put the displays together. I've become more fond of the arboretum across the CEF but that's me.

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Most other reviews focus on the farm museum itself and how great it is for kids (it is) but I'd like to tell you a little bit about the beautiful grounds.Although there is a modest admission to the farm museum, the grounds surrounding it are free and open to the public. This location was recommended to me by a master... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Fun place to be day or night!! Fees to get in, but they are reasonable. Even if your not into scary stuff, they still have hay rides, face painting, paintballing and many other things to do that aren't scary. You'll enjoy the candy apples and other goodies that they have to offer as well. A lot to do for young... More

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