For nearly 250 years, the City of Québec was the political capital and place of residence of the colony’s governors. After Confederation in 1867, Rideau Hall in Ottawa became the new official residence of the governor general of Canada.
Lord Dufferin was the first governor general to live in the Citadelle residence in 1872. In so doing, he re-established the tradition of a residence for the governor general in Québec, which dated back to the beginning of New France.
The Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec is housed in a building built in 1831 in the neoclassical style.
Following a fire, new State rooms were opened in 1984. The result is a perfect blend of military and modern architectural styles.
Visit the State Rooms
Accompanied by one of our guides, explore the State rooms, where the governor general welcomes dignitaries and honours Canadians. The tour allows visitors to learn more about the governor general’s responsibilities and to discover the history, architecture and collections of this magnificent residence.
The 60-minute tour is free of charge.
Celebrating 150 years!
This year marks 150 years of the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle! In celebration, we have launched a new photo exhibit showcasing the residence over the decades. Dive into the history of the residence through this new exhibit that is part of the guided tours!
Tour Schedule (individuals)
June 24 to September 3, 2023
Residence open every day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (no reservation required)
September 13 to December 17, 2023
Visits from Wednesday to Sunday (upon reservation)
English: 1h30 PM
French: 3h00 PM
*** The Residence will be closed on Saturday September 30, from Wednesday November 8 to Sunday November 12, and from Monday December 18 2023 until May 2024.
Tour Schedule (groups)
Groups of 10 people or more
From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last visit at 4:00 pm)
*** The Residence will be closed on Monday September 4, Saturday September 30, Monday October 9, from Monday November 6 to Sunday November 12, and from Monday December 18 to early 2024.
Note: The schedule of activities may change without notice to accommodate official ceremonies or events.
For more information, contact our Visitor Services reservation desk by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 1-866-936-4422.
COVID-19 Safety Measures
- While masks are not required, visitors are encouraged to wear one when indoors. Masks are available on-site.
- If you or a member of your group has any symptoms of COVID-19, please postpone your visit