The Central Experimental Farm photo gallery offers panoramic views of the Central Experimental Farm and attractions.
Farm site and building area maps of the Central Experimental Farm are available to provide overviews of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada facilities on the Farm.
The Arboretum covers about 26 hectares (64.2 acres) of rolling land between Prince of Wales Drive and the Rideau Canal. It displays a wide range of well-established trees and shrubs, various soil types and moisture levels.
The Arboretum is free of charge and open every day to the public from sunrise to sunset.
The Gardens cover an area of approximately 3.2 hectares (8 acres) and have been a favorite site for wedding parties and photographers since they opened in the 1880's.
The Ornamental Gardens are composed of a number of different areas:
- the perennial collection,
- the rock garden,
- the rose garden,
- the annual garden,
- the Macoun sunken garden,
- the Macoun Memorial Garden and
- the hedge collections.
Features of the Gardens include:
- 100 types of irises.
- 125 different lilac varieties, including a number of "Preston lilacs" developed by Ottawa researcher, Isabella Preston.
- 65 different plant species in the two hedge collections. The "old" hedge collection contains plantings dating to 1891, while the "new" hedge collection dates from 1965.
- The Explorer series of roses developed at the CEF and renowned for its winter hardiness.
The Gardens are open, free of charge, to the public.
The Greenhouse was built in 1928 and houses the Central Experimental Farm's tropical plant exhibition.
The Tropical Greenhouse is free of charge.
Hours of operation are:
- Sundays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturdays: Closed
Over 100,000 field plots annually are devoted to the Research Centre's plant breeding and agronomy studies. Since 1970, Central Experimental Farm crop scientists have developed and released over 90 new varieties of oats, wheat, barley and soybeans to Canadian and world markets.
National Historic Site plaque
The plaque designating the CEF as a nation historic site is located at the corner of the National Capital Commission Driveway and Maple Drive.
|Building Number||Building Name||Year of Construction||Designation|
|7||Seismology Survey Building||1913||Recognized*|
|8||South Azimuth Building||1912||Classified*|
|9||Photo Equatorial Building||1914||Classified*|
|20||K.W. Neatby Building||1937/ 1956||Recognized|
|22||Laboratory Services Building||1956/ 1964||Recognized|
|34||Arc Biotech Building (Genetics Building)||1920/ 1950||Recognized|
|49||William Saunders Building||1935||Recognized|
|50||Main Greenhouse Range||1915/ 1925/ 1960||Recognized|
|55||Horticulture Building||1930/ 1937/ 1943||Recognized|
|56||Service Building (Storage Building)||1919/ 1934||Recognized|
|57||Dairy Technology Building||1920/ 1952/ 1956||Recognized|
|59||Nutrition Building||1898/ 1912/ 1924/ 1938||Recognized|
|60||Heritage House||1889/ 1955||Recognized|
|74||CEF, Horticulture Building (Arboretum Building)||1924/ 1942||Recognized|
|75||Cereal Building||1888/ 1917/ 1928||Recognized|
|76||Cereal Barn||1900/ 1916||Classified|
|77||Potting Shed (Service Building)||1900||Recognized|
|88||Main Dairy Barn||1913/ 1914||Classified|
|91||Swine Showcase Building (Swine Barn)||1920||Recognized|
|94||Engineering Research Building||1939/ 1950||Recognized|
|95||Small Dairy Barn (Heritage Barn)||1912||Recognized|
|*Custodian: Natural Resources Canada|