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Central Experimental Farm

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and staff members is our top priority. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is following the advice of public health experts and taking steps to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of our public spaces. AAFC is temporarily restricting vehicle access at the Central Experimental Farm (CEF) Arboretum and limiting activities on the entire site to basic maintenance requirements, including the gardens. AAFC thanks the community for respecting and adhering to all public health protocols currently implemented around social distancing and restricting public gathering.

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.

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


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)

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