Vincent Massey Park

Vincent Massey Park
Vincent Massey Park
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Vincent Massey Park is a great site for community gatherings, company picnics and family reunions. The park has quiet wooded walking paths, rolling meadows, scenic vistas and open grassy areas for playing sports. With its picnic tables and barbecue (BBQ) pits, Vincent Massey Park has all the amenities for an enjoyable picnic, large or small.

There is one softball diamond and a bandstand at Vincent Massey Park. The Capital’s multi-use paths also pass through the park, making it an excellent starting point for exploring the Capital by bike.

Vincent Massey Park was once joined to Hog’s Back Park, until divided by Heron Road in 1969. The park was named after Governor General Vincent Massey. Vincent Massey Park covers an area of 28.9 hectares, and is located on Riverside Drive and Heron Road in Ottawa.

Picnic Reservations

You can book a large picnic at Vincent Massey Park by calling Caltrio at 613-733-7704. Reservations start every year on April 2. Reservations are accepted from early April to Labour Day weekend.


$110.00 (non-profit organizations) or $430.00 (for-profit organizations)

The fee guarantees exclusive use of a section of the park.


Alcoholic beverages are not permitted, and dogs are not allowed.

If you would like to hold a special event that includes infrastructure, for example, a tent, dunk tank or play structure, you will need an event permit.

The site opens early May, and closes December 1 (weather permitting).

Monthly Parking Pass 

Monthly passes are available for weekday access (Monday to Friday) to the Vincent Massey Park paid parking lot.  

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Should you have any technical difficulties purchasing your monthly pass, please call Precise Parklink at 1-888-783-7275 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm).


May to mid-October (weather permitting)

Open 9 am to dusk (no later than 10 pm), daily


In operation from May 1 to November 30

7 am to dusk (no later than 10 pm)

Vehicles: $1 per half hour (max. $8 daily)


Automated system with pay at exit
•    At toll booth: credit card (Mastercard, Visa, Discovery and American Express), debit, and cash ($20, $10, $5, $2, $1).
•    At exit gate: credit card only


Monthly pass: $56 (valid Monday to Friday)
Buses: $24 daily flat rate
Parking lot closed 10 pm to 7 am, daily

Picnic Areas Vincent Massey Park is an excellent picnic spot with picnic tables and BBQ pits.
Universal Accessibility The park is universally accessible.

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