Residence Visit the State rooms where the governor general fulfills official duties, welcomes dignitaries and honours Canadians. Grounds Explore the grounds at your leisure by walking, jogging, biking and even rollerblading. You can pick up a self-guided tour brochure and follow the interpretive panels along the paths. Educational Activities Educational tours of the residence and the grounds are provided to school groups of all ages. Rideau Hall gives civics and history lessons a sense of place. Visitor Centre Start your visit at this charming interpretation centre located at the Thomas Street entrance gate (northwest corner of the Rideau Hall grounds). Skating Rink The outdoor skating rink was originally built in 1872. Today, you can step back in time and go for a skate on this historic rink which is also now refrigerated. Halloween at Rideau Hall Halloween is a long-time tradition at Rideau Hall. In a themed décor specially designed for the occasion, costumed employees animate the site and distribute treats to visitors of all ages.