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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 #24 of 60 Activities in Ottawa
Type: Farms, Ranch & Farm
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Owner description: This 500-hectare working farm serves as an experimental station for both farmers and food manufacturers.

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Kingston, Canada
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79 reviews 79 reviews
24 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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76 attraction reviews
343 helpful votes 343 helpful votes
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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89 reviews 89 reviews
52 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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32 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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