Tour of the Kilborn Allotment Gardens

Cette promenade est offerte également en français.

The Kilborn Allotment Gardens are Ottawa's largest community garden. Bounded by Kilborn, Pleasant Park, Haig and Delmar, the KAG is also home to a north-south bike path that runs from Conroy and Walkley through to the General Hospital. It therefore combines the functions of active transportation route with urban farming. The Kilborn Allotment gardeners represent every continent and every major language on the globe. As interest in urban farming has grown since the outset of the pandemic, the level of cooperation between gardeners has grown, resulting for example in an equipment and plant exchange depot, and communal compost piles. The walk is accessible from bus routes #48 and#49 and we recommend footwear suitable for wet or uneven ground.


Meet near the storage sheds at the entrance from Pleasant Park Rd. The route will take us along footpaths through the heart of the Kilborn Allotment Gardens, with stops at five gardens to hear from the individual gardeners. We will go as far as the south end, Kilborn Ave., and then back to the starting point. Patches of the ground are almost certain to be muddy in early May so boots are recommended.

About the walk leader
Janet Mark Wallace has been a Kilborn Allotment Gardener for fifteen years. During this time she has developed her gardening skills and knowledge in collaboration with the 225 other allotment gardeners who hail from all over the globe. In 2022, she founded the Local Food Committee of the Alta Vista Community Association, in order to provide a venue for Ward 18 gardeners to exchange information and resources related to organic gardening. Through monthly meetings combined with tours, presentations, advocacy and potlucks, the Local Food Committee has become a hub for urban farming. The most recent project of this committee was to host Ottawa's 2024 Seedy Saturday on March 2nd.

Janet Mark Wallace

Date:Sun May 5, 2024
Time:10:00 AM
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Start:Pleasant Park storage sheds
End:Pleasant Park storage sheds
Area:Alta Vista
Distance:1.0 km

There is an alternative route along the bike path with is fully paved and accessible but will put these participants out of earshot of the tour guides.

Kilborn Allotment Gardens (Pleasant Park entrance) / Les jardins communautaires Kilborn (Entrée du ch. Pleasant Park)
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