History

The park’s high, rocky land once belonged to Thomas McKay, master stonemason of the Rideau Canal and the builder of Rideau Hall. Rockcliffe Park opened in the late 1800s, and is one of the Capital Region’s first recreational parks.

This park features the Rockcliffe Pavilion, a popular location for outdoor weddings, as well as spectacular lookouts that are accessible via the multi-use pathways and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway.

In the spring, the 2.65-hectare Rockcliffe Rockeries offer a burst of colour with hundreds of thousands of daffodils and flowering trees.

The site opens in early May and closes on the first snowfall.



National Capital Parks

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