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Central Experimental Farm

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Address: Prince of Wales Dr. | at Experimental Farm Dr., Ottawa, Ontario K1G 5A3, Canada
Phone Number: 613-991-3044
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Description: This 500-hectare working farm serves as an experimental station for both...
This 500-hectare working farm serves as an experimental station for both farmers and food manufacturers.
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Great for families and tourists

Well, as an Ottawa resident, I've been to this farm loads of times. It does get a bit boring after 13 visits but it's great for tourists with kids.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Well, as an Ottawa resident, I've been to this farm loads of times. It does get a bit boring after 13 visits but it's great for tourists with kids.

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Ottawa
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88 reviews 88 reviews
30 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Perfect place to go with the kids - and free ! Tons of child friendly farm-type activities. And absolutely do not miss the Ornamental Garden.. All paid for by the Canadian taxpayer !

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

i use to enjoy the gardens but now the buss #3 is not passing by and it is too far for a senior to walk to the gardens. Do you have a bass for next season that will provide easy access to the gardens?

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Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a wonderful location to bring friends and family, especially children. There is lots to see and do. Cow are being milked, farm animals fed etc. It is a fun place for one and all but even more so for 'city folk.' A delighful attraction right in Ottawa. Come and see for yourself.

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Kingston, Canada
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27 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The Experimental Farm gives visitors the vision of a farm that we all want to have: It presents animals that are, for the most part, content and well-treated. In that respect, of course, it is a mirage, since most "farm" animals are subjected to "factory" conditions. (I do, however, agree with a previous reviewer that some animals are not given... More 

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Irvine, California
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I didn't notice anywhere to buy food. (Sorry if I missed it.) Don't expect to eat lunch there. If you're coming from downtown Ottawa, make sure to follow the canal. It's a beautiful drive. I don't think that I would have come if I didn't have kids with me. Regardless, both adults and kids will hopefully gain an appreciation of... More 

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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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95 attraction reviews
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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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24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
74 helpful votes 74 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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