The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
Rideau Hall
  • Print Preview
  • Print: 
  •  Send to Facebook (Opens in a new window)
  •  Send to Twitter (Opens in a new window)
  • Send to E-mail (Opens in a new window)
  • Share: 

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.

2017 Canada Army Run
September 17, 2017
9 a.m.

Cheer on the military members, family and friends

Savour Fall at Rideau Hall
September 23, 2017
12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Free admission and activities

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

Past Events

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

Winter Celebration
January 28, 2017
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.

Stanley Cup Homecoming
March 16, 2017
2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

As part of the Stanley Cup’s 125th anniversary celebrations, take your photo with the oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes in North America, right next to the portrait of Lord Stanley himself, Canada’s 6th governor general and donor of the Cup.

Rideau Hall Skating Rink
January 28 to March 26, 2017

Enjoy this unique outdoor experience which is part of Canada’s heritage. The founding of the rink dates back to the time of Lord Dufferin, who was governor general from 1872 to 1878.

Public skating (without reservations)
Weekends: noon to 5 p.m.
*Enter by the gate located on Princess Avenue.

Group skating (reservations required)
Weekdays: 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Weekends: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Doors Open Ottawa
June 3-4, 2017
10 a.m. to 4:00 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. This year, Rideau Hall’s gardens and greenhouses will also be open to the public!

Aerial view of Rideau Hall

Annual CHEO Teddy Bears’ Picnic
June 24, 2017
8 a.m. to 2 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.

CHEO Foundation

Launch of Summer Activities
June 25
10  a.m. to 11:30 a.m

Join the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada for the annual Inspection of the Ceremonial Guard and the first Storytime of the season.

Summer Activities

Ceremonial Guard - Relief of Sentries
June 26 - August 24, 2017
Daily: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the hour

Pageantry, precision and colour! Sentries, led by a piper, march to their posts at Sussex Gate.


Storytime at Rideau Hall
June 30 - August 26, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join volunteers from Frontier College, a Canadian charitable literacy organization, under the Reading Tent for children’s stories and fun literacy activities for kids.


Rideau Hall Movie Nights
August 26, 2017

Bring your blanket and settle in to watch a Canadian feature film under the stars, on the grounds of Rideau Hall.

Subscribe to our distribution list to stay up to date.

Masquerade for Mental Health

Saturday, September 9, 2017
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

‘Take off your mask’ and combat the stigma associated with mental illness.

Logo - Masquerade for Mental Health
Date modified: September 15, 2017