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Spring Book Sale

Spring Book Sale at Rockcliffe Park Community Centre

The two-day spring sale in support of the Ottawa Public Library outreach programs and Rockcliffe Park Branch will be held on Saturday April 25, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday April 26 11 am to 5 pm

Books Wanted! English, French, DVDs, CDs and Vinyl

Please bring donations to the Rockcliffe Park Branch or call for pick-up 613 580 2424, ext 27623

Thanks to our sponsors Chartwell New Edinburgh Square, Guardian New Edinburgh Pharmacy and Dymon Storage


Annual General Meeting of the RPRA and The Rockcliffe Park Foundation’s Annual Report to the Community

All residents of Rockcliffe Park are invited to attend their residents’ association’s AGM and find out what’s going on in their community. Come and have a voice in how Rockcliffe Park is run by being able to vote on current issues.

Councillor Rawlson King will address the community with a talk Rideau-Rockcliffe: A Vision for 2020 and Beyond, and answer questions on the key issues he is dealing with since coming to office. Coffee and tea are served.

Note the change of venue: the AGM will be at the library of the Rockcliffe Park Public School at 350 Buena Vista Rd (and not at the Community Centre). February 26, 2020, 7 – 9:15 pm.

Rockcliffe Park Library

Rockcliffe Park Library Programs Winter 2020 


Join in the fun at the Rockcliffe Park Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, located at 380 Springfield Road. Programs are free to attend; pre-registration may be required (see details below). Our library is a local treasure, full of community spirit. Please join in the celebrations and share in a love of reading. For more information go to or phone 613 580-2940 (Infoservice). For registration (if requested below) for any program, please do so on the library’s website or phone (both above) or in person at the branch. 



Special PD Day Program, Friday February 14

Reptiles Rock! Drop in between 10:30 and 11:30 for a chance to see and touch an amazing selection of snakes and lizards.

Toddler Time, Wednesday February 19

Stories, rhymes and songs for toddlers and a parent or caregiver. At 10 am. For 19 months to three years old. Drop -in.

Author Visit with Anthony Keith, Monday February 24

Join resident Tony Keith who will read from a recently translated account of his step-father’s transatlantic voyage in a small wooden sailboat in the 1930s. Translator Irene Tomaszewski will also speak about the unusual history of The Voyage of the Yacht Dal: From Gydnia to Chicago, 1933-34 by Andre Bohomolec. This is a gripping adventure story of three men who survive a harrowing hurricane and, astonishingly, live to tell their tale. Former CBC reporter, Terry Milewski, offers a compelling review of the epic adventures on pg. 7 of the August 2019 Rockcliffe News.

Music in the Stacks: Deep Winter Series, March 3

Drop-in to hear flautist Justin Theriault from 7 – 8:15 pm.

Japanese Storytelling, March 6

Drop-in at 3 pm to ear Japanese storyteller/comedian Toshiki Mori perform Kamishibai, a form of visual and participatory storytelling that combines hand-drawn visuals with narration of a live presenter.

Legends of Ireland, March 17

Drop in from 1:30 – 2:30 to hear Susan Toman and friend present Legends of Ireland – Harp Music and Storytelling.

Armchair Travel: Polar Bears, March 31

From 7 – 8 pm. Registration required for this English-language presentation from polar travel specialist, Carole Gobeil. Come to hear where are the best places to see polar bears in the northern hemisphere and more.

PD Day Program: Songs and Stories of Loggers and Lumberjacks, April 3

At 10:30 – 11:30 am. Louis Mercier presents the stories and songs of the lumberjack in this interactive performance. Bilingual presentation.

PD Day Program: Flying Colours Painting workshop, May 15

Artist Jennifer Nicol will guide you on using professional watercolour materials, which always results in beautiful paintings and gives a great sense of accomplishment. English presentation.



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Rockcliffe Park Book Fair 2019

Prepare your shelves for the 58th annual RPPS Book Fair, 1-3 November, 2019

By Sara Dobbin, RPPS Book Fair Committee

Come find your “golden ticket” at the 2019 Rockcliffe Park Public School Book Fair. Students are excited for this year’s theme: Roald Dahl. An author who appeals to both the young and young at heart, the inspiration of this award-winning author will be felt throughout this year’s event. 

Roald Dahl’s imagination has taken us on adventures to places beyond belief. His novels capture fantasy and reality in perfect balance. His first children’s novel, James and the Giant Peach, published in 1961 still carries its audience on a timeless journey, taking us away from stress and fear and placing us into a world of love and compassion. Meaningful morals are intertwined throughout his repertoire. This is one of the reasons why adults return to his stories and children are eager to read them. Some of our younger readers may have been introduced to Roald Dahl when his vivacious characters were brought to life on film by acclaimed producers like Tim Burton and Wes Anderson. You can also find productions of five of his books on Broadway! 

The RPPS Book Fair has been our school’s top fundraiser for nearly 60 years! We welcome you to visit thousands of donated books over three days in the RPPS gymnasium, Queen Juliana Hall. Matilda doppelgangers will have a field day browsing books of every genre, as well as magazines, vinyl records, puzzles and board games. Bookshelves are restocked regularly, so there are new treasures each day. Children are welcome and can be found “wondering what to read next” in our abundant children’s section. They can also explore our Craft Corner. No need to hurry home for lunch, you can enjoy a hot meal, dessert, and coffee in our Café.

Book Fair at RPPS is one of our community’s most anticipated annual events. Volunteers from the school and community work more than 4,000 hours each year. Those generous hours raised $44,000 in 2018. Proceeds are used to sponsor educational field trips, author and illustrator workshops and literary programing. For a full list of funds management visit our web page: 

We hope to see you at the 58th annual RPPS Book Fair, 1-3 November, 2019 in the Rockcliffe Park Public School gymnasium (Queen Juliana Hall – enter off Springfield Road near Buena Vista).

For more information on hours, location and volunteer opportunities, visit;

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Speaker event at Rockcliffe Park Community Hall

Speaker Series


Join your neighbours for informal evenings with distinguished speakers. Presentations will be followed by questions, coffee and cookies. Admission is free. The Speakers Program is an initiative of the Rockcliffe Park Residents Association and is supported by the Rockcliffe Park Foundation. Details and additional information may be found at


Wednesday, Feb 12, 8 pm: RPRA Speaker Night

John Ivison, author and journalist is our February speaker

with John Ivison, Trudeau: Lessons for the Prime Minister. One of Canada’s most popular and well-connected political journalists will speak to us about his recent book on Justin Trudeau and the last election and its significance. Tea, coffee, home-made cookies follow the always-lively Q&A session. At the Community Hall, 380 Springfield Rd.


Archaeology Dig in Rockcliffe Park

Be part of an archaeological dig on July 16, 17 and/or 18

Are you interested in local history, do you love spending time outdoors, or do you simply like to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty? If any of these appeal to you, Rockcliffe Park Residents Association, Lindenlea Community Association and the NCC invite you to participate in an archaeological initiative in Rockcliffe Park on Tuesday July 16, Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th.


NCC archaeologist, Ian Badgley, and his team will guide us in exploring two sites. One site, believed to be on a portage route between the Rideau and Ottawa Rivers, has revealed Indigenous artifacts from about 5000 years ago! The other site, where a winter Tea House stood during the early to mid 1900s, could turn up discoveries of a more recent nature.


This is a free event with the equipment and expertise provided by the NCC. The sites will be open from 8 am until 7 pm and registering before hand is not required; however, if possible, we ask that you sign up here so that we can get a sense of the participant numbers. You do not have to commit to the full time slot, and you can sign up for as many time slots as you wish. You are also welcome to spectate if digging in the dirt is not for you. Providing your contact information will allow us to notify you of last-minute changes due to weather or other reasons. Meet at the Rockcliffe Pavilion (just off the Parkway) for onsite registration and directions to the sites.


Ages 10 and up are recommended for the main sites; a “spontaneous” site geared towards younger explorers will also be provided. You will need to be able to navigate some trails with slight elevation changes to access the sites. Please wear long pants and sturdy footwear. Bring work gloves, bug spray, sun protection, hats, water and snacks. Information on ticks can be found here.


The NCC partners with the communities of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and Pikwàkanagàn for the joint management of archaeological resources. An opening ceremony will be held at the start of the dig.


To find out more information and to register for this event go to

Become a Member

Become a Member

You can join or renew your membership by filling in our electronic membership form and send it with your cheque to 380-A Springfield Road, Rockcliffe Park, ON K1M 0K7 or drop it in the free-standing RPRA mailbox outside the library. Online membership options are coming soon.

Fieldhouse and Rink Construction

Fieldhouse and Rink Construction

Construction has started on the Fieldhouse, rink and improved soccer field. Please stay away from this construction site over the summer. The fieldhouse is expected to be completed in time for the start of school. The photo above shows the foundation excavation for the new Field House.

The soccer field should be completed in time for the fall soccer season and the rink should be ready for this winter’s skating.  In the picture left, the new irrigation system is being installed in the soccer field.

Heritage Matters

Heritage Matters

Recent Developments Around Rockcliffe Park

132 Lisgar Road

The City has approved additions to both sides of this Grade I house. The additions will be set back from the façade of the house, lower than the house, and similar in materials and expression. However, the south side addition will be only 4.9 feet from the property line when the by-law requires 11.5 feet. This is not in accord with our Heritage Plan that requires the preservation of generous spacing between buildings. We nonetheless supported this addition because of a truly exceptional circumstance – the house is set back from the road by a full 80 feet, providing a long vista to the house and significantly mitigating the impact of the much-reduced side-yard. The neighbour sharing the property line also supported the addition.

65 Acacia Avenue

A proposal to replace a house on the Lindenlea side of Acacia with a 12-unit, 5-storey apartment is being considered by the City. The proposal has provoked much opposition from Lindenlea, as well as from us. The proposed building–in scale, height, and reduced setbacks at the front, sides and back–would have a serious negative impact on the streetscape, which is characterized mainly by one- and two-storey houses. It is seen as setting a dangerous precedent for the lower part of Acacia. Because the proposed development is across the street from Rockcliffe Park – a heritage conservation district – the province does not permit any development that fails to conserve the heritage attributes of Rockcliffe Park.

Wildlife Notes

Wildlife Notes: June 2018

Foxes have been the talk of the western part of the Village, New Edinburgh and Lindenlea this season with many sightings of one or more handsome adults, hunting in daylight. On April 6, a fox was spotted running across MacKay into the grounds of Rideau Hall. Two days later Tazim Lal saw one carrying food from Pine Hill/Lisgar Road into the Princess side of the grounds. The next day Joni Hamlin’s children saw one carrying a squirrel on Springfield in the direction of St. Brigid’s School. Susan Sweeney Hermon saw one with a squirrel near the French embassy on April 18. Alison Green noticed a fox going through her yard at the south end of Manor on several occasions. Starting on April 19, Elise Aylen videoed a fox carrying a squirrel on Lindenlea Road sidewalk near Springfield on three occasions; each time trotting west in the direction of Rideau Hall. On another occasion the video shows the fox trotting along the sidewalk in the opposite direction – but not carrying anything. This is strong evidence for the den being west of Springfield, most likely in the grounds of Rideau Hall. John McPherson took the photo above of an adult carrying a squirrel on Wood Avenue on April 21. The food carrying would have been to provide for the young. The risks of hunting in broad daylight where there are people and dogs were evidently outweighed by the value of catching squirrels that are only available during the day.

On April 26, Lise Ouimet saw two foxes, one large the other quite small. On May 5, Adrienne Blair saw an adult with three young opposite the Princess gate of Rideau Hall. That clinched the evidence of successful breeding.

Ravens have been my highlight this spring. On March 13 I noticed that a pair had built a nest high in the communications tower above the public school: One bird was sitting, the second arrived and transferred something to the bill of the sitter. The next day the sitter repeatedly pulled at and rearranged the surrounding sticks. For the next month, each time I checked I could see a tail sticking up, so a bird was incubating. On April 14, two birds were present, one perched on the side of the nest, the other on the top of the tower. They reacted to our laying out tarpaulins to keep icy rain off the lawn where the Spring Book Sale tent was to go behind the Community Centre. Both birds called, the one on the nest made a shallow dive towards us, but swerved well above. The only sighting since then was of a bird above the nest on April 19. So the nesting attempt failed, approximately when hatching should have occurred. This may be only the second breeding attempt by Ravens in Rockcliffe. My observations started in 1969, and the first nesting I saw was in 2009, described in the May and July Wildlife Notes. That nest was on the front of 585 Acacia. It was abandoned between May 2 and 17. It is unlikely that these great birds of legend ever nested in the settlement of Rockcliffe prior to that year because they only began to breed in the Ottawa region after the 1960s. They now have many nesting sites within the City limits.

A flight of 11 Wood Duck males swung over the marsh and flooded trees on the east side of the lake on April 13, announcing their arrival with squealing calls before settling into the water below the trees – the only open water at that date. The lake was almost entirely ice covered until the 26th. Every first sighting in spring of these extraordinarily beautiful birds is a treasure. But those ducks were at a distance. On May 13, as I watched from the boardwalk overlooking the lake inlet, a male Magnolia Warbler appeared on a twig close to me, flitting for a moment into a shaft of strong early morning sunshine that lit up its striped yellow breast, a flare of colour against the dark background.

The Tree Swallows are back and it looks as though at least one box in the east marsh and three on the west shore are being used.

Anthony Keith, 16 May 2018

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