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 wants to write a story about cats, ants or raccoons. 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 neighbourhood’s dogs, the occasional rabbit and squirrel. 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, chickens, 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!

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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  1. petite yaye September 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Lol ! As you know our street is our animal museum !!!!! But tell me the truth : are you writing the Ottawa museums complete guide ???!!

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    1. Zhu September 2, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      I guess I am! Since he doesn’t nap anymore, we need to find activities and he is old enough to enjoy interactive museums now 🙂

      Reply
  2. I Say Oui September 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Cute goat! And those sheep and piglets, too…

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    1. Zhu September 2, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      The pigs do stink, though!

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      1. I Say Oui September 3, 2014 at 2:49 pm

        Not through the computer, they don’t!

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        1. Zhu September 3, 2014 at 9:13 pm

          Good point!

          … eh, that’s why everyone thinks Mark is cute–without the sound, in picture, he is perfect! 😆

          Reply
  3. Christiane September 6, 2014 at 8:27 am

    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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    1. Zhu September 10, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Oh, really? We really have to meet some time!

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      1. Christiane September 10, 2014 at 11:36 am

        Yes we do 🙂 Let’s wait until i push this baby out first lol !

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