Name: Katharine Fletcher
Date: May 03, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM
Duration: 1.0 hr
Language: English
Start: Dominion Observatory, Carling Ave & Maple Dr.
End: same
Area: Experimental Farm
Distance: 2.0 km

This totally outdoors experience will bring us over both paved sidewalks and grassy lawns. The route is reasonably accessible. However, wheelchairs might be tricky with sidewalk edges and the lawn.  There may be steps in a few places.  Everyone is welcome and the pace is relaxed.

Cultural Landscape: Central Experimental Farm



The Central Experimental Farm is designed to showcase our nation’s advances in agrarian and horticultural science in a graciously landscaped setting, The Farm is a world-class gem.  Join author Katharine Fletcher as she highlights stories of this beloved Ottawa destination. Bring your own stories of your experiences at the farm, and participate what’s sure to be a lively discovery tour.

What to bring:  Especially at this time of year, the ground may be uneven and/or wet, so it’s important to wear appropriate walking shoes plus clothing for inclement weather. Bring your camera, binoculars (for potential bird-watching), insect repellant, wide-brimmed hat for rain or sun, umbrella, water, sunscreen, etc.

The Dominion Observatory at the Central Experimental Farm


Katharine’s short, hour-long tour takes walkers south from the Dominion Observatory on Maple Lane to the Cow Barn and Macoun Sunken Gardens and back.


Since 1988, author Katharine Fletcher has enjoyed leading custom tours throughout the National Capital Region. The Farm is her favourite walk in Ottawa because she loves the exciting “rural landscape” in the heart of the city. Katharine is author of several guides to Ottawa, Gatineau Park, and Quebec.  Katharine's books and articles can be found on her website at