The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
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Rideau Hall in Ottawa

Educational tour
Aerial view of Rideau Hall Visit Rideau Hall for an educational tour of the historic residence and breath of fresh air on its beautiful grounds. Guides outline the role and responsibilities of the governor general within our parliamentary system and society. Civics and history lessons gain a sense of place with a visit to where our governors general have lived and worked since Confederation.

The visit lasts approximately one hour. Plan some extra time at Rideau Hall to have a picnic on the grounds or, in winter, to skate on the outdoor rink. All of our activities are offered free of charge, but you will need to make a reservation in advance.

Rideau Hall is a working residence and official events may require unforeseen changes to your visit.

Groups must make reservations a minimum 48 hours in advance by calling 613-991-4422 or 1-866-842-4422 (toll-free). You can also reach us by fax at 613-993-1656 or by email at

Address, tour schedules and facilities
For information on our address, tour schedules and facilities, go to

For more information on Rideau Hall
Canada's Capital Region | Rideau Hall
Canada’s Historic Places | Rideau Hall

Date modified: January 10, 2014