Established: 1889 Size: 26 hectares (64 acres)
Canada’s oldest arboretum. Over 2000 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.
The Friends dedicate over 10,000 volunteer hours annually to the Farm, over 6,000 in the Gardens and the Arboretum.
The Friends sponsor tree tours and have published a book on the Arboretum.