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

Whether you have only a few hours to take in the sights at Rideau Hall or you’re planning to spend the entire day, we have a variety of free activities that are sure to make your time with us memorable.

In addition to our seasonal offerings, Residence tours are offered free of charge throughout the year.

Doors Open Ottawa
June 4-5, 2016
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Although its doors are open year-round, Rideau Hall is an active participant in this annual activity. Throughout the weekend, visit the residence and learn about the history and the role of the governor general.

Aerial view of Rideau Hall

Annual CHEO Teddy Bears’ Picnic
June 18, 2016
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A fun-filled day of family activities awaits you on the grounds of Rideau Hall during the Annual Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

2012 CHEO Teddy Bears' Picnic

Ceremonial Guard
Pageantry, precision and colour!


  • Annual Inspection
    June 25 at 10:00 a.m.
    Join the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada for the annual inspection of the Ceremonial Guard.

  • Relief of Sentries
    June 26 - end of August
    Daily: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the hour
    Sentries, led by a piper, march to their posts at Sussex Gate.
Sentries

Storytime at Rideau Hall


  • Launch
    June 25, 2016 at 10:45 a.m.
    The Governor General, along with a special guest from the Ceremonial Guard and volunteers from Frontier College, will launch Storytime at Rideau Hall. There will be stories and snacks as we kick off this annual outdoor family activity that celebrates reading and literacy.

  • Throughout the summer
    June 25 - August 20, 2016
    Fridays and Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Join volunteers from Frontier College, a non-profit literacy organization, under the Reading Tent for children’s stories and fun literacy activities for kids.
Storytime

Rideau Hall Movie Nights
June 2016


Come and see acclaimed English and French Canadian feature films, screened outdoors on alternate nights, on the grounds of Rideau Hall. Bring your blanket and settle in to watch these films under the stars.
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2016 Canada Army Run
September 18, 2016
9 a.m.


Cheer on the military members, family and friends

Savour Fall at Rideau Hall
September 2016
Free admission and activities

Tour the gardens and the greenhouses, watch culinary demonstrations and enjoy tastings.

Halloween at Rideau Hall
October 31, 2016
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.



Past Events

Military Tattoo
Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m.

Enjoy this military tradition of music and fanfare.

Image of Soldier

Winter Celebration
January 16, 2016
12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This family fun day is an opportunity to experience Nordic sports and traditions, to engage in physical activity, to spend time outdoors in the fresh air and to embrace healthy living.

Rideau Hall Skating Rink
Saturdays and Sundays
noon to 5 p.m.

* The rink is closed for the season.

Experience this unique part of Canada’s heritage, which originated during the time of Lord Dufferin, who was governor general from 1872 to 1878.


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

Date modified: May 25, 2016