The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
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Rideau Hall is located only a few minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau. It is a 3.5-kilometre walk from Parliament Hill along scenic Sussex Drive, or is accessible by bus (visit or call 613-741-4390 for information on bus schedules).

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).

We look forward to welcoming you!

Phone numbers: 613-991-4422 or 1-866-842-4422 (toll-free)
Fax: 613-993-4656

1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1

Follow this sign:

Rideau Hall sign

Buses: tour buses can drop off visitors in the lay-by area adjacent to the site on Princess Avenue, next to the main gate on Sussex Drive. Drivers must remain with their buses in this area during the tours.

Date modified: January 25, 2017