Rockcliffe Park, Ontario

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Rockcliffe Park
Rockcliffe Park is located in Ottawa
Rockcliffe Park
Rockcliffe Park
Location in Ottawa
Coordinates: 45°27′00″N 75°40′45″W / 45.45000°N 75.67917°W / 45.45000; -75.67917Coordinates: 45°27′00″N 75°40′45″W / 45.45000°N 75.67917°W / 45.45000; -75.67917
Country Canada
Province Ontario
City Ottawa
Established 1864
Incorporated 1908 (Police Village of Rockcliffe Park)
1926 (Village of Rockcliffe Park)
Annexation 2001 (City of Ottawa)
 • Mayor Jim Watson
 • MPs Mona Fortier
 • MPPs Nathalie Des Rosiers
 • Councillors Tobi Nussbaum
 • Total 1.765 km2 (0.681 sq mi)
Elevation 70 m (230 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Total 1,932
 • Density 1,094.68/km2 (2,835.2/sq mi)
  Canada 2016 Census
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)

Rockcliffe Park (French: Parc Rockcliffe[1]) is a neighbourhood in Rideau-Rockcliffe Ward in the east-end of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Established in 1864, it was an independent village from 1926 until it was amalgamated with the rest of the city, on January 1, 2001. As of 2011, it had a population of 2,021.[2] In 1977 the entire village of Rockcliffe Park was designated a Heritage Conservation District. [3] Rockcliffe Park is one of only three surviving nineteenth-century communities of its kind in North America. The other two, in the United States, are both recognized as national historic places.


As it was long a separate village not under the jurisdiction of Ottawa's municipal government, Rockcliffe Park differs from the rest of the city. The village is characterized by its varied topography, narrow curving roads without curbs or sidewalks, generous lots and gardens, and houses set unobtrusively within a visually continuous, rich green landscape. It is relatively inaccessible to through traffic.

The area is northeast of downtown, on the southern banks of the Ottawa River. It encompasses the small McKay Lake (a Meromictic lake) Sand Pits Lake, and the Rockeries, a rock garden and playing field maintained by the National Capital Commission (NCC). The largely francophone Vanier neighbourhood, which was also long a separate village, lies to the south.

On the cliffs of the Ottawa River is a public greenspace called Rockcliffe Park. It is transversed by a branch of the Rockcliffe Parkway. The parkway has several small parking lots along its length that enable visitors to enjoy the lawns, wooded areas, parks, and lookouts. It also contains a large gazebo and public restrooms which are maintained by the NCC.

Notable residents[edit]

Stornoway, residence of Canada's Leader of the Opposition

Rockcliffe Park is home to many Ottawa notables. Stornoway, the residence of the leader of the Canadian Official Opposition is located there. Many ambassadors to Canada also live in Rockcliffe, including the ambassadors of Argentina, Barbados, China, Colombia, Denmark, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, South Korea, Sweden, the United States, Sénégal and Venezuela. The neighbourhood attracts many of Ottawa's corporate leaders, notably Michael Cowpland, former CEO of Corel Corporation, who owns a large, gold coloured residence in a contemporary neo-classic design.


The area is home to one public elementary school, Rockcliffe Park Public School (RPPS), and two private schools, Elmwood School and Ashbury College.

Also located in Rockcliffe is a community hall/library complex. The library was originally funded, built and staffed through the efforts of Rockcliffe residents, but it is now a branch of the Ottawa Public Library, with computer access, a children's area, and a young adult section. The library houses a special collection of art-related books called the Margaret A. Bailey collection. The elementary school is located beside the library and community hall.

A memorial dedicated to HMCS Rockcliffe was erected by the Village of Rockcliffe Park. [4] Erected by the Village of Rockcliffe Park, a memorial plaque is dedicated to the residents of who served during the Second World War. [5]

Census data[edit]

According to the Canada 2016 Census:[6]

  • Population: 1,932
  • % Change (2011-2016): -4.4
  • Dwellings: 785
  • Area (km².): 1.76
  • Density (persons per km².): 1094.7

Average salary in Rockcliffe Park is $119,377, whereas the average salary in Ottawa is $53,250.

Reeves and Mayors[edit]

The leading politician of Rockcliffe Park was known as the Reeve until the 1980s when that position was redesignated as Mayor.

  • 1926-1928: David L. McKeand
  • 1928-1932: R. E. Wodehouse
  • 1933-1938: C. P. Edwards
  • 1938-1954: D. P. Cruikshank
  • 1954-1956: James Hyndman
  • 1956-1965: Denis Coolican
  • 1965-1974: Alan O. Gibbons
  • 1974-1978: Ronald Clark
  • 1978-1985: Beryl Plumptre
  • 1985-2000: Patrick Murray

See also[edit]


  • "Rockcliffe Park Official Plan, 1993" (PDF).  (231 KiB), accessed 20 January 2007
  • Edmond, Martha (2005). Rockcliffe Park: A History of the Village. Ottawa: Friends of the Village of Rockcliffe Park Foundation. ISBN 0-9739356-0-X. 
  • Serré, Robert (2008). Pioneer families of Rockcliffe Annex and Manor Park in Gloucester Township. Ottawa, Ontario: Gloucester Historical Society.