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Arboretum (Experimental Farm), Ottawa

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Established in 1889, Arboretum (Experimental Farm) offers a lush getaway from the city and allows you to get lost among old, grand trees. Pathways meander through the green lawns and ponds, largely shaded by magnolias and crabapples. Try to identify shrubs like wisteria, rhododendron, and azalea as you stroll. When the park first developed, about 200 trees and shrubs were planted as a test to see which varieties would withstand the humid summers and frigid winters. Although many did not survive, you may be surprised to find species not native to the area still thriving. Using our online itinerary creator, Ottawa attractions like Arboretum (Experimental Farm) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • You can spend hours walking along river and small forest. Rent kayak, climb trees, picnic under the trees. Peaceful and under-rated!  more »
  • It is a shame that the gardens have fallen into the condition that they have. This is a remarkable setting but they are obviously short-handed. The Japanese beetles have taken over the flower beds and...  more »
  • A superbly landscaped park, great for romantic or family picnics, bring a camera as there are picturesque settings everywhere.  more »