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Rockwood Park ... Saint John's best kept secret is a haven for
budding botanists, golfers, hikers, walkers, skaters, swimmers, joggers,
bird-watchers, animal lovers, cross country skiers, berry pickers and all-round
Rockwood Park is located just
five minutes from the city centre, with the main entrance on Mount Pleasant
If you are west bound on highway 1, take Exit 113 where you'll
find Rockwood Park just around the corner.
If your east bound on Highway 1
, take the city-centre Exit 111, turn right at Union St., on to Route 100 (City
Rd.), then up the overpass at Haymarket square to the main entrance to the
Go for a
If you have a fondness for water, Rockwood Park is the place to cool
off. With over 10 fresh water lakes, you can soak up the sun and swim the day
Our most popular sandy beaches are at Lily Lake and the Fisher Lakes
- both have lifeguard supervision.
For family fun, pack a picnic lunch and
partake in a feast on a picnic table under a shady tree, or spread a blanket on
a grassy knoll.
Be a Happy
There will be lots of smiles when you arrive at the Rockwood Park
Campground with your tent or trailer.
Whether you prefer to pitch your tent
under a tree and be one with nature, or back your trailer up to an electrical
hook-up and enjoy the amenities of home - we've got accommodation for both. Our
campground is equipped with comfort stations, picnic tables, fireplaces and hot
From amateur to pro, even the most ardent of golfers will revel in
the beauty of our challenging 18-hole Municipal Golf Course which takes in some
of the most superb scenery you'll find anywhere.
The course has been carved
out of lush forest, and trees line most of the fairways. Natural obstacles,
such as water and shrubbery, test your skill.
Sharpen your swing and
improve your distance at our popular and unique Aquatic Driving Range which is
lit for evening use.
The Aquatic Driving Range in Rockwood Park is the only
one of its kind in the Maritimes. Special floating golf balls make collection
by boat possible.
Open to the general public, Rockwood Park Municipal Golf
Course and the Aquatic Driving Range are only minutes from the city centre.
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It may be jungle out there, but
wait until you see the jungle that awaits you here! Rockwood Park is home to
numerous exotic species at the Cherry Brook Zoo, just beyond the golf course on
the Sandy Point Road.
Here in a pleasant woodland setting, you'll find rare
animals on the endangered species list including the Siberian Tiger, Golden
Lion Tamarin, Goldie Monkeys and the Snow Leopard.
The Zoo also is home to
the 18-hole Tiger Claws Miniature Golf Course. And there are loads of photo
opportunities in the Vanished Kingdom Park that features life-size replicas of
now-extinct species such as the Giant Elephant Bird. .
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Rockwood Park has been the natural
recreation playground of Saint John for nearly a century.
traces its origins back to the mid-1800s. The park's architect was
Downing Vaux, who was a member of the architectural team responsible for the
design of Central Park in New York City.
Situated just five minutes from
city centre, the park is a haven of magnificent trees and lush green fields
encompassing 870 hectares or 2,200 acres. It is within this rustic setting that
you will find miles of marked nature trails and foot-paths ideal for hiking,
jogging or strolling.
There's even a paved nature trail for seniors and
individuals with disabilities.
Families will delight in viewing the variety
of familiar domestic animals along wooded pathways at the Children's Animal
Year-round, Rockwood Park captures the colors of the season. In the
summer the park explodes in various shades of green, while the fall brings out
a rainbow of reds and oranges with the changing of the leaves.
winter, Rockwood Park turns into a frosty playground for outdoor enthusiasts.
Cross-country skiing and skating are among the most popular winter sports.
Charles I. Gorman
was perhaps one of Saint John's most notable sports figures from the early
1900s. In 1926, thousands of residents gathered around the banks of Lily
Lake to see Charles Gorman take home the 220 yard and 440 yard medals in the
World Speed Skating Championship.
FOR PARK MAP
The Rockwood Park
Interpretation Centre is located between the Rockwood Park Campground and the
Fisher Lake Road just inside the main park entrance. The Centre serves as an
education centre for the park and a 40-acre Arboretum. There are exhibits on
the Park's geology, horticulture and wildlife. A meeting room for groups up to
50 is available.
Open daily 8:00 am - 10:00
from Victoria Day weekend through Labour Day Weekend.
Rockwood Park, built
around Lily Lake in the late 19th century, was named in a vote that included
citizens in the area around the park. A ballot cost 25¢. Some of the
highlights in the park's history include:
- In 1903, 10 years after the first Ferris
wheel appeared at the Chicago world's fair, there was one operating at
Rockwood's amusement park, which has since been dismantled.
- In 1907, a court battle tried to settle
the question of who has the rights to the ice - the ice cutters (because no one
had freezers at that time, of course) and the skaters. The skaters
- In 1926, Charlie Gorman won the World
Speedskating Championships Feb. 7, before 25,000 fans.
|City os Saint John
Parks Dept. (506) 658-2829
Municipal Golf Course (506) 634-0090
| Aquatic Driving Range
(506) 634-1676 (seasonal)
Campground (506) 652-4050
Horticultural Assoc. (506) 657-1773
|Cherry Brook Zoo
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