Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa

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The Central Experimental Farm, commonly known as the Experimental Farm, is an agricultural facility, working farm, and research centre of the Research Branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. As the name indicates, this farm is centrally located in and now surrounded by the City of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The farm is a National Historic Site of Canada and most buildings are protected and preserved as heritage buildings.The CEF original intent was to perform scientific research for improvement in agricultural methods and crops. While such research is still being conducted, the park-like atmosphere of the CEF has become an important place of recreation and education for the residents of Ottawa. Furthermore, over the years several other departments and agencies have encroached onto the CEF property, such as Natural Resources Canada, National Defence, and the Ottawa Civic Hospital .The CEF is bordered by the Rideau Canal to the east, Prince of Wales Drive to the South-East, Baseline Road to the south, and Merivale and Fisher Roads to the west, and Carling Avenue to the north.
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  • The experimental farm is an awesome experience for young and old to experience an operational farm for yourself. With friendly, experienced staff, a wide range of farm animals and exhibits, everyone i...  more »
  • My 9 year old grandson and I had a blast checking out the animals... he was particularly taken with the sheep and goats... we also spent time on the play structure and wandered through a few of the ot...  more »
  • A piece of serenity and calm in the middle of the city. We are so Lucky to have it! I used to live on a farm and walk through the fields as a kid. Now, working near here, I can do it every day! It's b...  more »
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  • Very enjoyable experience visiting the Central Experimental Farm. The farm has many farm animals, which are available to see. There is an agricultural museum on site as well as extensive grounds you can walk and visit. Worth visiting!
  • The map they gave out was really helpful except one of their signs was broken and it was hard to find the dairy bar (thank goodness for the map!) overall it was a good experience. Kind of wish they had a cafe or something made with the milk/bread they have. Forgot to pack a lunch so we just left but my daughter loved how close to the cows you could go !
  • Very popular place to walk bike and explore
  • I love the Agriculture Museum. Great place for a picnic, to play, see farm animals and learn about life on the farm. Every needs to bring their kids here... they'll LOVE it!!! And the Arboretum and Ornamental gardens are fabulous for walking, meditation and relaxation. Accessible by bicycle, walking or car... but the pay parking can be limited and there is no free parking.
  • My Ancestor John Mulligan orginal home farm is one of the 4 first to become the Ex Farm, there is a monument - large but no one can find it, I walked 3 km and twisted my ankle doing so, and still have not found this large monument for my 2nd Great GrandFather. Has anyone got any idea where it is - I have called every phone number I can find and no one has any idea where it is or even what I am talking about, Anyone able to help ?
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