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Launch of Summer Activities

June 20, 2016

Launch of Summer Activities at Rideau Hall:
Annual Inspection of the Ceremonial Guard and Storytime 

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, invites members of the public to join him for the annual Inspection of the Ceremonial Guard and the launch of Storytime on Saturday, June 25, 2016, starting at 10 a.m., on the grounds of Rideau Hall.

See details of the events below. All activities are free of charge.


10 a.m.
Witness the pageantry, precision and colour of the Governor General’s annual Inspection of the Ceremonial Guard, which includes members of regiments from across the country. 

Over the summer months, visitors will be able to enjoy the much-loved Relief of the Sentries, where sentries are led by a piper to their posts, daily, on the hour.
OPEN TO MEDIA—The event will take place in front of the residence.

10:30 a.m.
Delight in stories and snacks as we kick off this annual outdoor family activity that celebrates reading and literacy. The Governor General, along with a special guest from the Ceremonial Guard and volunteers from Frontier College, will read children’s stories for all to enjoy. 

Storytime is hosted in collaboration with Frontier College, a Canadian non-profit literacy organization. From June to August, families are invited to settle in under the Reading Tent, near the Visitor Centre, to read books and participate in fun literacy activities.
OPEN TO MEDIA—The event will take place outside, near the residence. 

For more information about Rideau Hall’s summer activities or guided tours, please call 613‑991‑4422 or 1-866-842-4422 (toll-free); write to or visit our website at


Media covering the annual Inspection of the Ceremonial Guard and the Storytime launch should arrive at the front facade of Rideau Hall no later than 9:45 a.m.

In the event of inclement weather, the decision to cancel the inspection will be made at 9 a.m. on the morning of the event. The Storytime launch will be relocated indoors.

Media information:

Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office

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