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“Gotta love trees”

Arboretum (Experimental Farm)
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

I'm not being sarcastic. It's a lovely place to spend an afternoon, be it strolling, reading or jsut relaxing in some shade. But unless you love trees and nature this might not be for you. It's a gem to have in a large city and I thank Ottawa it's here.

Thank DenchScience
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

below zero temperatures couldn't keep us away from the magical walking trails at this park. we can't wait to come back and skate on the canal....

Thank Kristen S
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

I have lived near the arboretum for 30 years and it never gets boring. It's beautiful all year round and, hey if you're Canadian, your tax dollars pay for this so come visit! It's free and you can picnic, cycle, walk and run. You can walk your dog too but it needs to be leashed or you risk a fine. Lots of fond memories of picnicking here with my tribe when they were young.

Thank MadameX27
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

The Arboretum is the most exceptional 'not to be missed' natural treasure in Ottawa. With 64 acres of green space just minutes from city centre, it is historically unique as the home to a vast collection of magnificent trees. We take the grandkids every time they visit and have special trees we eat our lunches under with favorite rocks and streams nearby. Representing over 1,700 species, many individual trees date back to mid-late 1800's. The arboretum land was set aside in 1889 as part of the federal farm system, to test native and foreign trees and shrubs for their hardiness and adaptability to this harsh climate.
Many kilometers of hard packed gravel roadbeds wind through rolling hills and high lookouts, along streams and over bridges, under canopies of mature native and foreign trees. We try to find a new tree everytime we visit and collect leaves, seeds, twigs, petals on the ground to identify them by. Most trees have ID tags with species and accession date. Every season presents its own unique flower and colour display, constantly changing even in winter with beautiful graceful outlines of trees bearing old fruit, bird's nests, unusual bark.
Unique specimens include Bebb's Oak (natural but rare hybrid of White and Bur Oak), Shagbark Hickory, Hop Hornbeam, Sycamore, Miyaki Maple, Weeping White Mulberry, Kentucky Coffeetree and Bald Cypress. Collections include fruit trees of crab apple, hackberry, alder, cedar; nut trees of beech, walnut, butternut, pecan, chestnut, hazel, pine; the magnolia collection in the springtime is not to be missed!
The Arboretum is nestled between Dow's Lake and the Rideau Canal to the east and Prince of Wales Drive to the west. Admission is free. Parking in spring, summer and fall is available at the Circle Drive east of the roundabout and in winter at the Dow's Lake Pavilion parking on Carling Ave. Bring the kids, camera, picnic lunch or sled in the winter. Rest rooms are located at Bldg 72 east of the roundabout, and restaurants at Dow's Lake provide lunch and dinner.

Thank kharriganYOW
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

We visit arboretum to see cherry blossoms every spring and enjoy picnic with families and friends. Really nice for a warm weather stroll. Open to public and family friendly attraction.

Thank 8achan
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