Central Experimental Farm
Central Experimental Farm
4.5
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This 500-hectare working farm serves as an experimental station for both farmers and food manufacturers.
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Edwin F
Calgary, Canada1,703 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Three of us went to the experimental farm. Interesting for kids as it is a petting zoo. Expensive for what it is.
Written 20 July 2023
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T L
London49 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is listed as a museum in various places but is basically and a petty zoo for small children. I expect that families with really quite small children would enjoy it.
The gardens surrounding are pleasant and well maintained although the adjacent busy road does not really do much for a peaceful environment to enjoy.
They have vertually no information regarding the breads or their farming practices - patting them selves on the back for having mainly holistein cattle in a shed with a few not rare at all other cattle breads - none of which had any information surrounding them. Other sheds included one with a few chickens, one with pigs again just penned up on concrete floors behind steel bars - but patting themselves on the back for have a dog toy on a rope for their enrichment - seriously?
Written 12 July 2022
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Jeb12342020
Westport, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Going in the spring to see the baby animals is such a highlight for the whole family. It is always so informative and the staff are really engaging for the kids.
Written 28 March 2021
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catherine b
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Wether its a stroll among the gardens, or a visit to the animals. It is truly a serene experience. Close to downtown and a stones throw from the beautiful canal. A must see
Written 4 September 2019
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WItraveler2000
Wisconsin549 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Nice place to visit if you want to see some Canadian agriculture in practice. Nice grounds to visit but little kids might get bored.
Written 27 August 2019
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Robert W
Toronto, Canada1,069 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
We have lived in Ottawa for 14 years, but it took a Visit from someone from Massachusetts to finally go to the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa. We should have gone long ago. They have some very nice decorative flower gardens, worth a stroll, but the real highlight is the food preservation exhibit and the various barns devoted to live animals. It also happened to be Ice Cream Festival Weekend - need I say more? This is a great place to take kids, but it is also fun for adults. And it is all within the Ottawa city limits.
Written 24 July 2019
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jaydani2018
Woodbridge, VA121 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
This place is beautiful and it has so many wonderful exhibits. There were many opportunities to learn about different parts of the farm Bbbuuuuuut unless you were part of a school group you were invisible.

Because we make agro tourism type places regular parts of our vacation I remembered enough from our visit last summer to a dairy farm and historical sight in Vermont to play guide to the kids. There were employees around but they only talked to school groups with chaperones. Other than the young lady walking a rabbit and a donkey no other employees looked up or said hi to us in the different animal sheds.

Unfortunately we also witnessed a group of older students who I thought at first were foreign students but turned out to be locals abusing the animals. They were yelling and rough housing in the room with the baby cows. They were flicking and prodding the calves through the pens. At one point I told them to knock it off and my 6 year old and 5 year old told them to Sshhhhhhh. In the larger room where the dairy cows are chained in their stalls the same boys were again annoying and poking the cows and being loud. Employees were giving a presentation in the room and others were cleaning. They seemed to look the other way at the behaviors. My older 2 kids commented to the boys again that the sign says dont touch the cows. They stopped until we passed and then I looked back to see they were again annoying the animals.

There are some neat presentations geared to the school groups at scheduled times. We loved the soil lab. However it would be so much more fun if there was someone in there full time to guide the kids with different activites. The tractors and discovery area about canola oil also could use guides. The art area has an amazing young lady who explained the pieces and made that area more interesting for young visitors. The food preservation area provided so many opportunities for kids to learn. Because we can at home it was easy to talk about some of the things we saw. It is another area that would benefit from a guide. Most of the hands on canning /cooking items for the kids in that area were missing. Maybe a staff member in that area would help keep items from disappearing.

The arboretum is wonderful. The number and variety of plants is great. The walk was beautiful. I wish there had been more chance to also see the fields and things growing there... maybe even learn about some of the different agricultural engineering techniques they are employing.

Written 14 June 2019
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Johnny R
North Yorkshire, UK209 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
The museum has the potential to be so good. But it appears to be driven by academics.

Though lots of kids on school trips there they didn't really appear to get much out of visit over and above seeing some animals close to.

The infornation was presented in a way far too academic, boring - with exception perhaps of tractor museum - and over the heads of most visitors, adults included I suggest.

Should get some teachers in to advise.

As such it is really a glorified petting zoo ... a pity.
Written 13 June 2019
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PhilipOttawa
Ottawa75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
it's great to work here and be able to go for walks around the ornamental gardens, arboretum, and even the agricultural museum (free in the winter, and last hour of each day)
Written 17 April 2019
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HazelEyes125
Ottawa, Canada65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
The gardens in the spring and summer are very beautiful...nice to stop by and take a few pics. Best to go during weekdays becasue weekends are very busy and its difficult to take pics with so many people around the gardens. Take a picnic and find a quiet spot!
Written 14 April 2019
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