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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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This 500-hectare working farm serves as an experimental station for...

This 500-hectare working farm serves as an experimental station for both farmers and food manufacturers.

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What a Nice Visit for Children to see Farm Animals

If you have urban children, what a great visit to a real farm and with farm animals to see being fed and to pet.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago

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English first
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214 reviews
147 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have urban children, what a great visit to a real farm and with farm animals to see being fed and to pet.

Thank ballyga
Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is an entrance fee and a parking fee. You can buy annual memberships of various kinds. Has an outdoor play area, exhibits of all the farm animals: horses, dairy cows and calves,pigs and piglets, rabbits and chickens. Big tractors to climb on and a bee exhibit. Most weekends their are special demonstrations. Not bad for flower lovers either has... More 

Thank Brian12Woodland
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Something for everyone and interesting activities during every season. The Farm's Ice Cream Festival is one of their best events in summer but there's something very special about visiting in the Fall. The Arboretum is gorgeous any season. Kids will love the outdoor play structure/sand.

Thank Julie H
Ottawa, Canada
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84 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Acres of farmland in the heart of the city draw people on bicycles, those out for a run or a stroll and some who are walking their dogs. Enjoying a break from city traffic, this is neither a crowded nor a desolated place for locals to enjoy some pleasant exercise. Dogs are permitted as long as they are on leash.... More 

Thank Chickadeedee51
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We visited on a rainy Sunday and brought a picnic. Other reviews said there is no food to buy which is correct. If you time it right, you might get a free cookie or cheese and bacon biscuit at the demonstration kitchen in the barn where there is a bee display and a tractor display. No live bees ... Just... More 

Thank oldmusta
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683 reviews
332 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Wonderful open space in the middle of the city. Great place for a walk in the park. Make sure that you visit the greenhouses and the arboretum. Take a walk through the public gardens alongside Prince of Wales. Also do not overlook the Fletcher wildlife garden.

Thank ericon991
Ottawa, Canada
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40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Or if you are a kid at heart. Particularly fun in the spring when there are newborn animals. Great place to let your kids exercise their photo skills... can be fun to look later at what they thought was of merit to take a picture of!

Thank S W
Ottawa, Canada
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70 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

When I visited, the peonies were in full bloom and stunning. My eyes, and nose and camera were very busy walking through their ranks in this beautiful setting. It was a pleasure to sit and enjoy them and I met a lovely woman sitting contemplating many hours spent there with her husband before he passed away. This might seem sad... More 

Thank Martha1986
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We visited here with our 15 month old. She loved it and we spend a long time looking at the various animals - cows, sheep, goats, rabbits, horses, chickens, donkey, alpaca and pigs - which were all really close up, calm and friendly. There is also a great play park for kids and various activities for older kids around the... More 

Thank Maria T
Ottawa, Canada
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20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Great place to take the kids to see farm animals on an actual farm. Some good interior displays and interactive demonstrations (eg. butter or ice cream making) through the summer.

Thank Rachel C

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