A Visit to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

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Do you know the problem with Children’s Storybooks? They invariably feature fun and exotic animals, like giraffes, lions and tigers. It’s like no one want to write a story about cats, ants or racoons. And of course, Mark is a Chinese “dragon toddler” so we have dragon imagery in his room.

Which is fine, really—but where on earth am I supposed to find jungle animals in Ottawa?

So we make do with our neighborhood’s dogs, the occasional rabbit and squirrels. Frankly, the most exotic animals he has seen so far were roasted pigs and ducks hanging in the BBQ windows of Chinatown restaurants and food shops.

Well, time for city boy to discover farm animals. Even though we live right beside the Central Experimental Farm (Ottawa is the only capital in the world that has a working farm at its heart!), I had never had the chance to visit the Agriculture and Food Museum. So after the Children’s Museum, the Canadian Museum of History and the Aviation Museum, we took a trip to the farm.

The setting is pretty cool: the Museum is right in the middle of the farm, and the scenery is quite nice at this time of the year. It consists of several heritage buildings, and the main attraction is of course the animals: horses, sheep, pigs, cows, calves, chicken, etc. You can wander into the barns and “pet” most of the animals (signs everywhere remind you to wash your hands afterwards).

There are also a few exhibits scattered around, including one dedicated to bees and a huge “farm machinery” room where you can take a ride in a tractor. There are frequent demonstrations of farm activities throughout the day.

Overall, the place was a hit with Mark. It offers a fun interactive and educational experience and the staff was very friendly. The Museum provides city kids with a working farm experience and I enjoyed the visit as well—unless you were born and raised in the countryside, you rarely see farm animals, after all!

You can see all the Ottawa – Sum­mer pic­tures on Flickr.

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

Agriculture and Food Museum

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10 Comments

  1. I can’t believe you live close to the Central Experimental farm ! It is close to my work. I could have bought you a cup of coffee or something lol ! Ah next time ! I wanted to go there but i was not sure if it is more kid oriented than adult.

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