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Vincent Massey Park

Entrance is on Heron Road and Riverside Drive., Ottawa, ON

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Vincent Massey Park is named after Canada’s first Canadian-born Governor General and has become one of Ottawa’s favourite year-round playgrounds and picnic areas.



Neighbourhood | Surrounding South
Getting There | Entrance is on Heron Road and Riverside Drive.

Profile Last Updated: April 22, 2009

Winter Wonderland
This beautiful park along the Rideau River has many wooded areas as well as clearings and pathways. Skiing and snowshoeing are permitted in the park but there are no groomed trails. It’s the perfect place for those who like to carve out their own pathways and explore nature right in the middle of the city.

Spring Comes Alive
Spring is a time of new hope and new beginnings at Vincent Massey Park and as soon as the grass begins to turn green and the pathways clear of ice and snow, walkers, joggers and runners take over the park. Vincent Massey Park is home to several major fundraising walks in the spring, including a walk to support brain tumour research and the annual Bell Walk for Kids.

Summer is a Picnic
Vincent Massey Park is a time for a multitude of family and group picnics. The park features picnic areas, washrooms, pathways, water fountains, a bandstand, two softball diamonds, electrical hook-ups, barbecue pits and more. There’s always room at Vincent Massey Park but reservations are recommended for large groups. Bringing a gang? Rent a picnic site. No alcoholic beverages or dogs are permitted at picnics on the site. There is parking on-site.

Bike into Fall
Fall is a great season to enjoy a bike ride in the Ottawa area. One great route starts in the parking lot of Vincent Massey Park at Hog's Back Falls. Bike east along Colonel By Drive and enjoy the fall splendour along the canal. As you approach downtown turn south on Seneca Street past Bronson Avenue. This will take you through beautiful Ottawa South and onto Bank Street. Follow Bank Street to Riverside Drive and just head west to get back to the park. The total ride is about nine kilometres and it’s a fabulous way to enjoy Ottawa’s fall season at its best.