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Ottawa's Original
Experimental Farm

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The History of Saunders Farm

In 1886, the Minister of Agriculture hired Dr. William Saunders as the first director of Ottawa’s Experimental Farm. In his role, Dr. Saunders was tasked with performing scientific research for the improvement of agricultural methods but he became disillusioned with the limits placed on his research. The government would deem it “Too risky.”, “Highly unethical.”, and “A blatant danger to the citizens of nearby Ottawa.”. In response, Dr. Saunders started to conduct these experiments on his home farm, instead.

By the early 1900s, the neighbouring hamlet of Munster was a ghost town…

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Dr. Saunders was determined to pioneer his own macabre fuel source, experimenting with fluids drawn from the mechanics of life and death itself. If humans could run on blood, bones and sinew, he thought, maybe machines could too.

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The Barn of Terror

Dr. Saunders’ lab where he performed the bulk of his gruesome work has been carefully preserved by his descendants.


Frustrated by what he considered to be “sub-optimal mitosis”, Dr. Saunders sought to produce a high-powered fertilizer. Some of the farm’s livestock escaped to feast on this luscious growth and began to mutate into highly aggressive animals.

The Cemetery Scare Zone

As each experiment failed, Dr. Saunders would discard of his test subjects behind the old barn. On a quiet fall evening, you can sometimes hear the screams of these forgotten souls as you take a walk through the Saunders Farm Cemetery.