Fletcher Wildlife Garden
Fletcher Wildlife Garden
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LegoDad77
Alert, Canada1,493 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Located next to Dow's lake, parking is ample, but you will need to walk.

I've been here a few times, great for picnics, bird watching, and wedding photos. I also noticed that all the dogs were on leashes so you won't have to worry about unwanred interruptions.
Written 17 October 2022
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Jazmin M
Montreal, Canada26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Beautiful place, we took a last minute trip to Ottawa and we are originally from places with a lot of nature and really enjoyed this place as it was beautiful! It would have been nice if there were more signs guiding you in the right direction but it was a nice place to get lost in. 10/10 would recommend
Written 23 August 2022
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Bookedtravel
Ottawa, Canada33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
If you happen to be in Ottawa, the capitol of Canada, do make time to come to this hidden gem of the locals. It is a great place to visit for all ages, there are bird feeders and you can sit on the bench and watch the birds feed. You might even be able to see the 'Grey/Gray Jay', remember to bring binoculars. The Walk is manageable, a little slope down the hill, the Rideau Canal is in sight, you can cross the canal on a narrow bridge at Hartwell's Locks and you are on Carleton University ground.

Year 2017 is Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation, there will be lots of activities, go to this website ottawa2017.ca and check it out!
Written 18 November 2016
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Golferboy18
Florida811 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
Although we are long time residents of Ottawa, we discovered the Fletcher Wildlife Garden only yesterday. It was a beautiful sunny November day, and we looked around the interesting garden, then walked down to the canal, and along the canal to the locks. While parking is extremely limited for the garden, we did find a spot. We enjoyed our visit very much, and will definitely return in the spring to find out more about how to attract butterflies to our garden. The Fletcher Wildlife Garden is definitely worth a visit.
Written 14 November 2016
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Chickadeedee51
Ottawa, Canada331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
There are two distinct parts to Fletcher Wildlife Garden and I love them both. The manicured, very well tended and beautifully laid out 'Backyard Garden' located behind the white building known as the Interpretive Center is a demonstration garden with the objective of demonstrating how to create wildlife friendly habitat and gardens on urban or rural property emphasizing the use of plants native to the Ottawa area. This section has two benches, a small garden pond, a bird feeder, several themed beds all labelled and an extraordinary variety of trees, shrubs and flowers that are also labelled. It's a great place to sit quietly and view the birds, butterflies, squirrels, rabbits and other wildlife that make this garden home. This is a popular spot for photography in all seasons.

If you visit with your dog, please respect that this garden is home to vulnerable wildlife and keep your pet on leash.

The balance of Fletcher Wildlife garden is less manicured and a little more wild looking, though it too is well tended by valued volunteers. Take the paths to the Hedgerow, the Amphibian Pond, the Butterfly Meadow, Old Woodlot and more to find wonders of nature around every corner.
This is a very popular birding location occasionally hosting rare birds and is a nursery to many locally breeding species.

There is no fee for entry to the garden. There is a washroom in the Interpretive Center but it is not always open to the public. Parking is limited and busy at times when a ball game is being played at the adjacent ball diamond or on weekends.
Written 4 August 2016
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Fan-of-foreign-films
Ottawa, Canada89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
The Fletcher Wildlife Garden comprises a large variety of natural habitats that would support local wildlife, including songbirds, herons, frogs, bats, and butterflies. The habitats include several meadows, a woodlot, a bit of swamp, and a gorgeous "backyard" garden full of beautiful flowering plants and ferns that are suited to the Ottawa climate. This garden is a wonderful place to sit for a spell, watching the birds, butterflies and volunteer gardeners from the Ottawa Field Naturalist Club. A great place to bring kids, out-of-towners, or yourself, especially if you're in need of a bit of rejuvenation by being surrounded by nature.
Incidentally, the nondescript building next to the backyard garden was used during WWII as Canada's main "listening post" for enemy transmissions. Yup, a spook house.
Written 29 June 2016
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Elizabeth H
Watertown, NY10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
This garden is part of the the Central Experimental Farm. It is wholly run and maintained by wonderful volunteers. We stopped at the gardens as part of an Ottawa bike tour and enjoyed taking a break from riding to wonder around. The gardens were beautifully laid out and maintained and there were plenty of birds and small animals to see.
Written 30 July 2015
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Chickadeedee51
Ottawa, Canada331 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
Almost in the heart of the city, very close to Downtown Ottawa, nestled away in a corner of the Arboretum Experimental Farm lands, lies this jewel of a patch of green space that offers visitors in all seasons a quaint nature and wildlife experience. Well used paths and trails lead through diverse habitats including a pond, ravine with a stream running through it, wood lot, hedge row, open field and a wonderful butterfly wildflower garden.
Tucked away behind the Interpretive Center is a demonstration garden with beds of labelled native flowers, shrubs and trees. In winter, the well stocked bird feeders here attract wildlife and wildlife watchers. It's a super place for winter photography.
The parking area can be busy and is not paved. Facilities are limited. The Interpretive Center does have a washroom but can be accessed only when the Center is open.
There is no charge to visit this attraction.
Fletcher Wildlife Garden is managed by volunteers overseen by a committee of the OFNC (Ottawa Field Naturalists Club).
Written 23 July 2015
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