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ROCKCLIFFE PARK WEST

Spring: **  Summer: *  Fall: **  Winter: *

        Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 117 (Vanier Parkway). Go northwest 3.0 km to Beechwood Avenue and continue straight or west onto Crichton Street, its continuation. Proceed 0.4 km to Dufferin Road and turn right or north onto it. In 0.1 km, at the corner of Dufferin Road and MacKay Street you will be at the southern corner of the grounds of Rideau Hall, the Governor General's residence. Continue straight 0.5 km on Dufferin to a T-junction and turn left or NNW onto Lisgar Road. Follow Lisgar 0.3 km to a Y-junction and turn left or west on Princess. You will be following the fenced in Governor General's residence on the left. Go 0.5 km west on Princess to Sussex Drive. Turn right or north on Sussex and proceed 0.7 km to the one-way Tea House Road (look for the parking sign). Turn left or west into it and stop at either of the parking lots, the first in 0.2 km and the second in 0.7 km. Tea House Road exits on Sussex Drive again in another 0.3 km.
        Ottawa River West: Ontario Route Directions: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 117 (Vanier Parkway). Go northwest 3.0 km to Beechwood Avenue and continue straight or west onto Crichton Street, its continuation. Proceed 0.4 km to Dufferin Road and turn right or north onto it. In 0.1 km, at the corner of Dufferin Road and MacKay Street you will be at the southern corner of the grounds of Rideau Hall, the Governor General's residence. Continue straight 0.5 km on Dufferin to a T-junction and turn left or NNW onto Lisgar Road. Follow Lisgar 0.3 km to a Y-junction and turn left or west on Princess. You will be following the fenced in Governor General's residence on the left. Go 0.5 km west on Princess to Sussex Drive. Turn right or north on Sussex and proceed 0.7 km to the one-way Tea House Road (look for the parking sign). Turn left or west into it and stop at either of the parking lots, the first in 0.2 km and the second in 0.7 km. Tea House Road exits on Sussex Drive again in another 0.3 km.

Google Satellite Map of Rockcliffe Park West
Google Satellite Map of Rockcliffe Park West


        Site Description and Birding Information: The western portion of Rockcliffe Park (the park, not the village) is a wooded area that has several trails and foot paths. The cliffs are somewhat dangerous in places, just be careful. Any wooded area along the river can be good during migration, this is no exception. Pileated Woodpecker is resident and its workings can be seen throughout the park. The Tea House pavilion, at the first parking lot, provides a beautiful spot to have a picnic amidst a stand of lovely old pines.
         Adjacent Rockcliffe Park West is Rideau Hall, the Governor General's residence. Part of the grounds of Rideau Hall have been opened to the public recently. The open parklike environs have footpaths, some tall trees and some shrubbery. Worth a brief check in migration.
        Ottawa River West: Ontario Route Directions: From the parking lot on Tea House Road, continue around on that one-way street to Sussex Drive, either 0.3 or 0.8 km, depending on which parking lot you used. Turn left or north onto it and follow it, as it becomes the Rockcliffe Parkway, for 1.6 km to Hillsdale Road. Turn right or east on Hillsdale and proceed 0.3 km to park above the NCC Rockeries at our next site on this route, Rockcliffe Park East.
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Last update:  October 28, 2009