The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Winter Celebration

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
All activities are free of charge.

Their Excellencies are smiling, arm and arm, next to Rideau Hall’s historic skating rink. Participants to Winter Celebration try out giant skis. At the tip of one of the skis, a small Canadian flag is floating.


Come to Rideau Hall with your family to enjoy fun activities and winter sports such as skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.


Lace up your skates in the Winter Pavilion, a stunning heritage building, and skate on the refrigerated outdoor rink. Be sure to check out the exhibit on the history of winter sports at Rideau Hall.


Stop at the residence to visit the State rooms where the governor general fulfills official duties, welcomes dignitaries and honours Canadians.


Try traditional foods from Nordic countries and other seasonal treats, like our Poor man’s pudding, while keeping warm with some hot chocolate.


Bring non-perishable food items for the Ottawa Food Bank and Moisson Outaouais or winter clothing for the Snowsuit Fund.


Post your photos of the day’s activities on social media by using the hashtag #WinterCelebration.


Free parking will be available on the streets in the surrounding neighbourhood. Limited parking for guests with mobility impairments will be available on the Rideau Hall grounds via the entrance gate on Princess Avenue.


This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners.

Embassy of the Republic of Austria
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark
Embassy of the Republic of Finland
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Embassy of the Republic of Iceland
Embassy of the Italian Republic
Embassy of Japan
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway
Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia
Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden
Embassy of the Swiss Confederation
Embassy of the Republic of Turkey
European Union Delegation to Canada
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Canadian Film Institute
Department of Canadian Heritage
Friends of Gatineau Park
Governor General’s Foot Guards
Moisson Outaouais
National Capital Commission
Nunavut Sivuniksavut
Ottawa Food Bank
Ottawa Valley Curling Association
Parks Canada
Snowsuit Fund