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Central Experimental Farm

Central Experimental Farm

Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2009

Central Experimental Farm Central Experimental Farm

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
On the northeast corner of the
National Capital Commission Scenic Driveway and Maple Drive
just west of Prince of Wales Drive

Coordinates: N 45 23.361 W 75 42.603


Plaque Text

A rare example of a farm within a city, this outstanding cultural landscape brings together two strong 19th century interests: agricultural improvement and picturesque design. Established by the federal government in 1886, the Farm has supported Canadian agriculture by undertaking critical scientific research and by developing and demonstrating good farming methods. Its 426 hectares are organized into three distinct areas: a central core of science and administration buildings, an arboretum and ornamental gardens, and the experimental fields and plots. The Main Dairy Barn with its attached stables laid out around a barnyard, was at the heart of the model farm. The individual parts of the landscape are orchestrated into an organic whole intended to enhance nature's inherent beauty. Adopting picturesque features of a British country estate, the Farm combines large stretches of lawn and field, winding paths and pleasing water vistas. This site is a symbol of the critical role agriculture has played in shaping Canada.

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