Established: 1889. Located on 64-acres of rolling land, the arboretum was developed to test the hardiness of woody plants in the Canadian climate. With a variety of micro-climates and showcasing a range of woody plants, the collection contains around 4000 specimens.
Canada’s oldest arboretum. Over 1,000 tree species and varieties from around the world planted in a varied topography of hills, protected depressions and lowland, waterside areas where they could be evaluated for their hardiness to the Canadian climate. Many trees of immense size date back to the origin of the arboretum.
The northeast corner of the Arboretum has its own microclimate. Here, you will see magnolias, rhododendrons, a wisteria and others.The lookout on the south-east side offers a panoramic view of the historic Rideau Canal and Carleton University, while the north-east overlooks Dow’s Lake and the surrounding city. Visitors can park in a visitor parking section next to Building 72, or by lookouts on the circle drive in the Arboretum.
Open daily 24/7 from dawn to dusk.
For information about events on the Farm, see the Friends of the Farm website.
The Friends sponsor tree tours and have published a book on the Arboretum.
Gift shop open (open M-W, 9am to 2pm.)