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  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.

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

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

Important Notice

In the buildup to the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, work will be undertaken by the National Capital Commission (NCC) to create a ceremonial site in front of the residence. Please note that Rideau Hall will be open during the rehabilitation work. Visitors are asked to please use the following entrances to access the property:

  • Visitors entering on foot or by bike can still access the grounds via Thomas Gate or Mackay Pedestrian Gate (parking available on surrounding streets);
  • Visitors with mobility restrictions are asked to enter via Princess Gate. Please call ahead to get up-to-date information and to reserve parking on-site. Contact us at 1-866-842-4422 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday (see map).

We look forward to welcoming you!

Past Events

Ceremonial Guard
Pageantry, precision and colour!

  • Relief of Sentries
    June 26 - August 21, 2016
    Daily: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the hour
    Sentries, led by a piper, march to their posts at Sussex Gate.

Storytime at Rideau Hall

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.


Carillon Mobile Concerts by Chamberfest

July 31, 2016 at 3 p.m.
Andrea McCrady, Dominion Carillonneur
August 2, 2016 at 3 p.m.
Treblemakers Carillon Duet

Rideau Hall Movie Nights
Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30 (no rain date)

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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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

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

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

Enjoy this military tradition of music and fanfare.

Image of Soldier

Savour Fall at Rideau Hall
September 10, 2016
12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Free admission and activities

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

2016 Canada Army Run
September 18, 2016
9 a.m.

Cheer on the military members, family and friends

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

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

Date modified: December 2, 2016