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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  • It is a great place to view flowers of different kinds and to walk around the grass. Also to take photos while at the area.  more »
  • lovely place for a stroll especially if you are a gardener, kids will love the farm animals and museum and the adjacent lake and arboretum just make it better place to unwind in nature  more »
  • If you have no young children and you do actually know what a cow, a horse, a chicken, a goat, etc. looks looks like then this may not be the right place for you.  more »

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