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

Rideau Hall © OSGG-BSGG 2006 The grounds at dawn © OSGG-BSGG 2004 First snow at Rideau Hall © OSGG-BSGG 2008 Inspection of the Ceremonial Guard © OSGG-BSGG 2009 Ceremonial Guard Sentries at Sussex Gate © OSGG-BSGG 2009 Relief of the Sentries with bag piper © OSGG-BSGG 2004 The grounds in the summer © OSGG-BSGG 2009 Students having a picnic on the grounds after a tour © OSGG-BSGG 2012 Inukshuk by Kanaginak Pootoogook © OSGG-BSGG 2012 Totem pole by Mungo Martin © OSGG-BSGG 2012 Osmosis by Susan Stromberg-Stein © OSGG-BSGG 2014 Heritage Garden in fall © OSGG-BSGG 2004 Heritage Garden in summer © OSGG-BSGG 2012 Many interpretation boards are found on the grounds © OSGG-BSGG 2014 Children playing by the Visitor Centre © OSGG-BSGG 2012 The grounds are perfect for a picnic! © OSGG-BSGG 2014 The Visitor Centre holds an exhibit and children’s activities in the summer © OSGG-BSGG 2009 Children drawing in the Visitor Centre © OSGG-BSGG 2014 Winter skating © OSGG-BSGG 2011 Winter skating © OSGG-BSGG 2010 Rideau Hall’s facade © OSGG-BSGG 2013 Ballroom © OSGG-BSGG 2012 Guide in action © OSGG-BSGG 2014 Tent Room © OSGG-BSGG 2012 Guide in action © OSGG-BSGG 2014 Long Gallery © OSGG-BSGG 2012 Public Event, Savour Fall at Rideau Hall © OSGG-BSGG 2013 Guide in action © OSGG-BSGG 2014 Guide in action © OSGG-BSGG 2014

Rideau Hall is the official residence and workplace of every governor general since 1867. This national historic site, situated in an idyllic 79-acre urban oasis, is located only a few minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau.

Whether you have only a few hours to take in the sights at Rideau Hall or you’re planning to spend the entire day, whether you’re bringing your family or visiting on your own, we have a variety of free activities that are sure to make your time with us memorable.

Our guides await you and will lead you through this unique site where history comes alive.

Information: 1-866-842-4422 or

TripAdvisor® recently awarded Rideau Hall a 2017 Certificate of Excellence, which recognizes consistent hospitality excellence and outstanding traveller feedback‎. Come and experience this historic site yourself! Read reviews or share yours on TripAdvisor.

Date modified: January 17, 2018