In the Community Hall

Coat of Arms

Coat of ArmsIn 1994, the Village was granted a distinctive coat of arms that is registered in the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada. It is displayed in the Springfield Road entrance. The crest depicts our environs of water and trees and two locally-found birds, the Pileated Woodpecker and the Green-backed Heron. The motto, “Inter arboribus floremus“ meaning “Amid the trees we flourish”, reflects how our lives are nurtured by our natural environment.

Second World War Honour Roll

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the end of the War, a plaque and an Honour Roll were placed in the Community Hall to commemorate the men and women from Rockcliffe Park who served in the Second World War. Almost 20 percent of the persons living in the Village at that time served in the War – about twice the national average. The Honour Roll book is permanently on display.

Ship’s Bell and Crest of HMCS Rockcliffe

During the Second World War, HMCS Rockcliffe - an Algerine Class minesweeper - saw action on the Atlantic patrol. Residents of the Village took part in the national program and adopted their namesake, agreeing to supply “comforts” for the ship’s company. In October 1994, one of the two ship’s bells and crest, a painting of the ship by Ross Helwig and a description of the ship were presented to the Village for safekeeping.

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Tapestry of McKay Lake

tapestryIn 2004, Hélène Tolmie, who lived at 597 Mariposa, presented the Residents Association with a tapestry that she had created and which hung in her house for many years. It was her expression of delight in having lived, observed, swam, skated, skied, and painted McKay Lake for forty-five years. It is also a testimony to the efforts of all villagers who fought so hard from 1963 to 1983 to protect the east side of the lake from shoreline development. Her design depicts the water depth and bottom contours of the lake with a border of vegetation and animals found in and around the lake. Her description of the tapestry sits in a frame below it.

Outdoors

Public Sculpturesculpture

In the Village Green there is a charming gift to the children of Rockcliffe Park from the children of Wilson and Henrietta Southam. Whimsically perched on two boulders are the tiny Squirrels and Birds, created by local sculptor, Art Price, in 1967. Nearby is a small memorial sundial installed in 2003.

Interrupted Circle, donated by sculptor John Matthews, a former Village resident, was cast in bronze in 1996 for the Village and placed on the lawn to the east of the Community Hall.

The Sundial, by Bruce Garner, is a gift of the Ambassador of Kuwait in 1997 and stands on the lawn on the south side of the Library.

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Birkenfels Gates

The handsome gates at the Buchan Road entrance into the Jubilee Garden, restored and erected in 2007, originally stood at the north end of Birkenfels Road. They were the main gates of the Birkenfels estate and probably date from the period of construction of Birkenfels which began in 1864. The house was demolished in 1991 and the land subdivided into the lots surrounding Soper Place and Perley Court.

McKay Lake Markers

Two old engraved “boulders”, one on the grassy slope in the Hillsdale Triangle just beyond McKay Lake and the other to the west of the Hillsdale Bridge, were placed there by the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club in 1930. The Club conducted many field trips to McKay Lake. The Hillsdale Triangle marker reads as follows: “The level of McKay Lake stood at around the level of this marker a few thousand years ago…” and refers to the marl beds composed of fresh water shells deposited in the lake. The marker west of the bridge records that the lake dates from the close of the submergence of the Ottawa Valley by the post-glacial Champlain Sea.

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Village Entrance Markers

marker The Village Council placed bronze plaques on large boulders to mark the nine principal road entrances to the Village and its heritage conservation district in 2000. The boulders were taken from the area of the Village Green and the plaques were cast in Merrickville.