The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
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On Site



Rideau Hall in Ottawa
Built in 1838, Rideau Hall has been the official residence for Canada’s governors general since 1867 and a workplace since 1940. This heritage site is just a few minutes away from downtown Ottawa. Educational tours of the residence and grounds are offered to school groups, from Grade 5 to adult students.



The Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec
Built in 1831 within the Citadelle of Québec, this outstanding heritage structure has served as the second official residence of Canada’s governors general since 1872. School programs are offered to student groups in grades 3 to 8 / Grade 3 to Secondary II.

“Citizenship implies complete ownership of all that the country has been and is. I often tell people that citizenship is a fixed menu, not a buffet. There is no half measure. There is no absolution in saying, “That happened before I got here.” In a society so founded on immigrants—and except for the Aboriginal peoples, that is all of us—we must share all elements of our history, what we have been and what we hope to be.” – Governor General Adrienne Clarkson (1999-2005), Speech on the occasion of the 8th William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture (Toronto, October 18, 2004)

Date modified: July 24, 2014