Arboretum (Experimental Farm), Ottawa

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#1 of 7 in Wildlife in Ottawa
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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  • July 20, 2017
    So many trees. This is a great way to preserve strains and species. If you like trees this is the place to go.  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    what a jewel in the centre of Ottawa. Go and plan enough time to wander through the barns as well as the gardens - don't miss the pond in the rose garden! or the hidden path and tiny bridges. They are...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    Great place to visit!! Arboretum (Experimental Farm) was amazing!! Love the animals and the farm is really fun for all ages :) The staff is really nice and well organized.  more »

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