Central Experimental Farm

The Central Experimental Farm is located in Ottawa, Ontario and was established in 1886 as the central research station for the federal Department of Agriculture. The Farm continues that scientific focus as the location for laboratories and research plots for the Ottawa Research and Development Centre.

The Central Experimental Farm is also a National Historic Site of Canada and home to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada headquarters. The Farm and some of its attractions are open to the public throughout the year.


Services and information


About the farm

Learn about the Central Experimental Farm

Mikinàk Ceremonial Lodge

Indigenous gathering space that offers a safe environment to share Indigenous knowledge and lived experiences

Farm attractions

Major attractions at the Central Experimental Farm

Maps of the farm

Identify boundaries, buildings and sites of interest on the Central Experimental Farm

Use of the farm for public activities

Find out about weddings, charitable activities, calendar of activities, and rules for dogs on the farm

Farm Advisory Council

Learn about public participation in the farm’s management

National Historic Site management plan

Learn about the long-term framework for managing the farm as both a national historic site and an active research landscape


Central Experimental Farm - Contact us

Email: aafc.cef-fec.aac@agr.gc.ca

Mailing address:
Central Experimental Farm (CEF) Information
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
K.W. Neatby Building - Room 1103
960 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0C6

Telephone: 613-759-1982
Facsimile: 613-759-6901 (Be sure to mark "Attention: CEF Information" on your cover page)