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The Village of Rockcliffe Park is an oasis of park-like beauty, stunning architecture, and friendly atmosphere. Rockcliffe Park is home to several hundred lucky families who live here because they appreciate its exceptional quality of life. It is impossible to live in the Village for long without becoming committed to maintaining its wonderfully unique character.

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History

With historical roots dating to the early 1800's, the Village of Rockcliffe Park offers the most important collection of upscale residential opportunities in the National Capital Region. No other area combines such a rich history with beauty, exclusive properties, and lifestyle.

The Village of Rockcliffe Park comprises 705 residences. Many of its stately properties began as homes for Canada’s industrial elite and now serve as diplomatic or private residences. In the past 170 years, the Village of Rockcliffe Park has undergone significant but measured change. From an area of summer cottages interspersed with magnificent estates, the Village has gradually been transformed into an area of diverse but upscale residences. Many of the original homes offer glimpses of years gone by, while newly constructed homes showcase contemporary architecture. A walking tour through the Village is an historian’s delight!

About 100 Village properties are now homes to Ambassadors, High Commissioners, and other representatives of foreign governments. The concentration of diplomatic personnel gives Rockcliffe Park a distinctly cosmopolitan flavor and contributes to the neighborhood’s active and interesting social calendar.

The Village of Rockcliffe Park has many historically significant buildings, such as Waterstone (1930), now home to the Japanese Ambassador; Manor House (1929), the residence of the Papal Nuncio; Lornado (1908), home to the Ambassador of the United States; and Stornoway, residence of the Leader of the Opposition. Historically significant buildings also line the Ceremonial Route along Sussex Drive leading to the Village of Rockcliffe Park.

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Setting

The Village of Rockcliffe Park is located on high ground east of downtown Ottawa. Much of the Village is naturally wooded. An exquisitely manicured network of National Capital Commission parkland, a Village Green, tranquil Lake MacKay and The Pond give the area a country flavor. Much of the parkland affords magnificent views of the Ottawa River.

Rockcliffe Park is comprised of the Old Village and the New Village. The Old Village extends from McKay Lake west to Sussex Drive; the New Village lies to the east of McKay Lake. The Old Village is comprised of older, stately residences intermingled with grand, contemporary homes while the New Village features more contemporary homes.

The Ottawa International Airport (YOW) is only a 25-minute drive from the Village. Family skiing at Camp Fortune in the Gatineau Hills is 15 minutes away, and Mont Tremblant, a world-class ski facility lies within an hour and a half drive. There is something for everyone who likes to be outdoors. Cross-country skiing is accessible throughout the Village - ski out your front door to pristine parkland. There are several skating rinks nearby and the world's longest skating rink is maintained on the Rideau Canal just minutes away.

Visitors marvel at the beauty of Canada's Capital City, with its magnificent government buildings, clean air, extensive parkland and clean, safe streets. Ottawa is an hour and a half from Montreal by car, and many residents drive there regularly for shopping or dining. A prominent geographical feature of the city is the Rideau Canal, which in summer plays host to a colorful parade of watercraft of all types. The Rideau Canal connects Ottawa to the headwaters of Lake Ontario at Kingston through a network of beautiful lakes, and a series of connecting locks.

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Amenities

“The Village”, (as it is affectionately called by residents), is widely known as an outstanding place to raise children, with its extensive park system, low-volume traffic and outstanding schools. The Old Village is home to two exceptional private schools - Elmwood School and Ashbury College – as well as Rockcliffe Park Public School, administered by the Ottawa Carleton School Board. Rockcliffe Park also has a modern public library that focuses on child education.

While there are no commercial establishments within the historic limits of the Village of Rockcliffe Park, residents can do their grocery shopping or sip a gourmet coffee with friends in the adjacent and trendy New Edinburgh neighborhood, while the world famous Byward Market, home to Ottawa’s best farmers’ market, restaurants and nightlife is close by.

Until 2001, The Village of Rockcliffe Park had its own Village Council and Mayor, which, historically, was dedicated to maintaining the exceptional quality of life in this exclusive community. Thanks to their efforts, the Village of Rockcliffe Park has been declared a Heritage Conservation District, ensuring their legacy will continue in the hands of the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory (LACAC) that advises the elected Municipal Council of the City of Ottawa. The Friends of the Village of Rockcliffe Park Foundation and the Rockcliffe Park Residents Association are other organizations through which residents work diligently to ensure the quality of life in the Village of Rockcliffe Park.

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Activities

The Rockcliffe Park Lawn Tennis Club and New Edinburgh Tennis Club both boast clay courts. There is an uncontrolled public airport and a yacht club on the eastern edge of Rockcliffe Park. Sailing and rowing organizations are located on the Ottawa River.

Rockcliffe Park residents also enjoy walking or jogging on the many groomed pathways and trails, cycling, in-line and ice skating, bird watching, swimming in The Pond and picnicking in the ubiquitous parks. An active calendar of exercise and craft activities for both adults and children takes place in the Community Centre. As might be expected there is an active Garden Club, and the Village has its own newsletter.

The Village of Rockcliffe Park plays host to many social, cultural and arts activities. Too numerous to list in their entirety, they include The Elmwood School Auction, Ashbury College's Board of Governors' Ball, Rockcliffe Park Public School’s Book Fair, an annual neighborhood dinner and dance, fund-raising activities, concerts-in-the-park, and clubs.

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