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 28, 2017 - 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 winter sports and traditions such as:

  • Skating
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-country skiing


New for Canada’s 150th birthday, lace up your skates in the refurbished Winter Pavilion and skate on Rideau Hall’s historic outdoor rink, now refrigerated.


Visit the ceremonial rooms where the governor general fulfils official duties, welcomes dignitaries and honours Canadians.


Make it a giving moment by bringing non-perishable food items for the Ottawa Food Bank and Moisson Outaouais or winter clothing for the Snowsuit Fund.


You are encouraged to post your photos of the day’s activities to social media by using the hashtag #RHPhoto.

Access and Parking

Due to construction work being done on Rideau Hall’s front facade, visitors who wish to access the skating rink must enter the grounds through Princess Gate. All other activities can be accessed via the Mackay and Thomas gates.

Free parking will be available on the streets in the surrounding neighbourhood. Limited parking for mobility-impaired guests will be available on the Rideau Hall grounds via Princess Gate.


Winter Celebration is made possible because of the generosity and participation of the embassies of the Republic of Austria, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Republic of Finland, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Iceland, the Italian Republic, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Slovenia, the Kingdom of Sweden, the Swiss Confederation, the Republic of Turkey, as well as the European Union Delegation in Canada, the National Capital Commission, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Governor General’s Foot Guards and participating organizations.