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“Lovely Green Space in the Heart of the City”

Arboretum (Experimental Farm)
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$84.63*
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Best of Ottawa Bike Tour
Ranked #20 of 267 things to do in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
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Ottawa, Canada
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135 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Lovely Green Space in the Heart of the City”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

Ottawa is known for its many parks and green spaces and the Arboretum adjacent to the Experimental Farm and Dow's Lake is one outstanding example. Expansive plantings of well labelled trees, many very old and mature, sweeping lawns and a pond are dominant features. Paths and park benches are numerous.
Parking is limited and recent changes to the nearby lots at the Experiment Farm where parking is no longer free might deter some visitors.
Many people walk and run their dogs here. A toboggan hill is popular in winter. Photographers bring wedding parties here for photos. Birders visit year round. In spring the ornamental Crab Apple trees and other flowering shrubs are a sight to behold.
Wear good walking shoes, bring a camera, binoculars, a good book to read, or a blanket to relax on under a tree.

Visited October 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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164 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Arboretum”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is a great place to go for walks. Lots of trees, part of it is along the waterway. Watch your timings as they are strict about how long to park

Visited September 2013
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Beautiful.”
Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

A nice relaxing place to go for a walk or read a book. They also have some good cycling trails. In the winter it is a great place to go tobogganing.

Visited September 2013
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wonderful relaxing site to explore.”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

The area covered is huge. there are many displays and points of interest. Best to get a map and decide what interests you before you arrive. Don't forget to take in the fresh air is absolutely intoxicating.

Visited August 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Good view and relaxing place”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

I have been coming back to Experimental Farm for years. This is a place where you can forget about politics and other distractions. Good facility, but needs some investment to keep it running in XX1 century. Recommend to all ages. May not be there when your grand children grow up, because of the prime real estate for condos in the area.

Visited February 2013
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