Rockwood Park (Saint John, New Brunswick)

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Rockwood Park is a city park in Saint John, New Brunswick. It is 2,200 acres (890 hectares) in size, with ten lakes and 55 trails and footpaths. The park includes upland Acadian mixed forest, several hills and several caves, as well as freshwater lakes, with a trail network, and a golf course.[citation needed]

Ice rinks in Rockwood Park

It is located in the eastern area of the North End and is one of Canada and New Brunswick's largest urban parks.[citation needed] It is also a Stonehammer Geopark site.

The park is open from dawn until dusk and has free parking.[citation needed] Visitors can enter and exit from either the Lake Drive at Lily Lake or Hawthorne Avenue Extension at Fisher Lakes. Paved pathways connect to amenities such as the Interpretation Centre, the Kiwanis Play Park, and the Bark Park.[citation needed]


The park was designed by Calvert Vaux, one of the designers of New York City's Central Park, in the mid-19th century. The park was initially established around Lily Lake during the late 19th century, and was named in a vote by citizens in the area around the park.[citation needed]

Lily Lake was one of the first sources of fresh water for Saint John.  It was hauled from the lake by tanks and sold for 1 cent a bucket.  In 1907, a court battle ensued as to who had the rights to the ice in Lily Lake; the ice cutters or the skaters.  Although the ice cutters had been granted permission to erect an ice block conveyor in previous years, the skaters won and for decades the lake was center for outdoor winter recreation.[citation needed]

In 1926, the speed skater Charles Gorman, won the World Speed Skating Championship on Lily Lake. It was estimated that 25,000 people turned out on February 7th 1926 to watch him take the championship, setting a world record in the 220 and 440 yard events.[citation needed]

Lily Lake PavilionEdit

Lily Lake

Sitting on the shores of the Lily Lake in Rockwood Park is the Lily Lake Pavilion venue which has dining and spa options.[citation needed]

The Lily Lake Pavilion is a registered charity that provides educational and recreational programs for children, seniors and families in Saint John.[citation needed]


  • Lily Lake Pavilion[1]
  • Lily Lake Spa[2]
  • Fisher Lake Pavilion
  • Inside Out Nature Center (Rock-climbing, guided hikes, outdoor equipment and boat rental) [3]
  • Beaches at Fisher Lake and Lily Lake
  • Campground[4]
  • Golf course and driving range[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About". Lily Lake Pavilion. Retrieved 2021-08-01.
  2. ^ "At the Lake Spa & Studio". At the Lake Spa & Studio. Retrieved 2021-08-01.
  3. ^ "Inside Out nature Centre". Inside Out nature Centre. Retrieved 2021-08-01.
  4. ^ "Home". Rockwood Park Campground. Retrieved 2021-08-01.
  5. ^ "Golf Rockwood | 18 hole Golf Course in the heart of Saint John, New Brunswick". Retrieved 2021-08-01.

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Coordinates: 45°18′16″N 66°03′34″W / 45.3045°N 66.0594°W / 45.3045; -66.0594