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

The Tent Room inside Rideau Hall

Residence Tours

Visit the State rooms where the governor general fulfills official duties welcoming dignitaries and honouring Canadians. The residence is home to a magnificent collection of Canadian art and furniture. On display are the works of such renowned Canadian artists as Jean Paul Lemieux, Emily Carr and Allen Sapp. A special exhibition on Canadian honours is also included in the tour.

Guided tours are free of charge. Each tour lasts 45 minutes. You can also visit the grounds.

Due to the annual Army Run event, tours of the Residence State Rooms will be offered from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on September 23. For information about the race or road closures, visit the Canada Army Run website.

Dates Without a Reservation With a Reservation
January 2 to April 27, 2018 Not available
Note: all visitors must have reservations.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 28 to June 27, 2018 Weekends
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday to Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 28 to September 3, 2018 Daily
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Not available
Note: the general public do not need reservations. Tickets must be obtained on-site the day of the visit.
*Open House: In July and August, visit the residence at your own pace from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
September 4 to October 28, 2018 Weekends
noon to 4 p.m.
Monday to Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October 29 to December 21, 2018 Not available
Note: all visitors must have reservations
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Statutory Holidays
Tours are offered on statutory holidays from May to October. Tours are not offered on Remembrance Day, throughout the holiday season, or over the Easter long weekend.
Groups of 10 or more require a reservation for a guided tour in advance.


Please make reservations a minimum 48 hours in advance.
613-991-4422 | 1-866-842-4422 (toll-free) |

Virtual tour of Rideau Hall, presented by the National Capital Commission.

Grounds Tour

The historic grounds of Rideau Hall recall unique stories of this country’s past. Its evolution and design reflect a distinctly Canadian environment.

More than 10,000 trees provide summer shade and year-round charm. Many of the trees have been specially planted by a visiting head of State, a member of the Royal family, or other dignitaries to mark an important event or anniversary. Discover the inuksuk and the totem pole, come admire the sweeping arc of roses in the Canadian Heritage Gardens, enjoy a picnic on the grounds or take in a cricket match—there’s so much to do!

Pick up a self-guided tour brochure at either entrance (the Thomas Gate, off Sussex Drive; or the Mackay Gate, off Mackay Street), and explore the grounds at your leisure, following the interpretive panels along the paths.

The grounds of Rideau Hall are open daily from 8 a.m. to one hour before sunset.

Site Information and Amenities

  • The Visitor Centre is open from May to October.
  • All tours and activities are free of charge and accessible for persons with disabilities; wheelchairs are available on-site.
  • Water fountains, washroom facilities, picnic tables and a play structure are also available on-site.
  • Scheduling for all activities is subject to change without notice due to official events.
  • For more information, please contact Visitor Services by phone at 613-991-4422/1-866-842-4422 or by e-mail at, from Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30.

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

Date modified: September 20, 2018