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. Put Arboretum (Experimental Farm) and other Ottawa attractions into our Ottawa trip itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This site allows a great communion with nature. It is a place that allows the visitor to relax with nature.
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  • I have been to the farm on more than one occasion, once with my niece, who was 5 - it was so much fun to watch her interact with the animals. I have also been there with other adults for specific even...  more »
  • This place is a highlight of any trip to Ottawa. The splendid trees offer a sanctuary from civilization right in the heart of the city. The place is great for nature walks or for tobogganing in the wi...  more »

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