Many people do not realize that Ottawa is the only country in the world to have a working farm in the heart of its capital. The Central Experimental Farm was established in 1886 and is a National Historic Site and is home to the Canadian Agricultural Museum.
The farm covers over 400 hectares and is open to the public all year long. It is only a short drive from Albert House Inn and a pleasant bicycle ride. The Ornamental Gardens and the Arboretum are two of the more popular sites at the farm. You often see bridal parties having photo shoots in the gardens and they are a wonderful place just to wonder around and savour all the colours and scents.
The rows of lilacs and the iris gardens are particularly spectacular and of course the roses are amazing, many of which were bred at the farm (the hardy Explorer roses for example).
The Arboretum covers about 26 hectares of rolling land between Prince of Wales Drive and the Rideau Canal. Many of the trees and shrubs planted in 1889 are now among the largest specimens of their kind in Canada. The Arboretum is open every day from sunrise to sunset and is a popular place for picnics.
So when you are staying with us in our downtown Ottawa bed and breakfast inn and have enjoyed our fabulous breakfast, why not visit the Central Experimental Farm and discover all the wonderful delights it has to offer.