Rockcliffe Park and the Rockeries

Photo of the Rockcliffe Pavilion
The Rockcliffe Pavilion

At Rockcliffe Park you can discover the Rockcliffe Pavilion and the spectacular lookouts via the multi-use pathways, the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway or by tour bus. The Rockcliffe Pavilion is a popular location for outdoor weddings.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of daffodil bulbs at the Rockcliffe Rockeries. The best time to view this display is in May, when flowering trees provide a burst of spring color that complements the daffodils.

The Park’s high, rocky land was 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 recreation parks.

Rockcliffe Park extends over 137 hectares and the Rockcliffe Rockeries are 2.65 hectares in size. Rockcliffe Park and the Rockeries are located on the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway, between Princess Avenue and Acacia Avenue.

Site opens early May and closes on first snowfall.

Washrooms May to mid-October
Open 9 am to dusk (no later than 10 pm), daily
Parking Free parking is available at Rockcliffe Park. You can park on Acacia Avenue when visiting the Rockeries.

May to November 1 (weather permitting)
7 am to 10 pm, daily
Limited parking time must be respected.
Picnic Areas There are picnic tables at Rockcliffe Park.

For more information see the Parks, Paths and Parkways visitor information.