How to Make a Reservation
Depending on the time of the year, a reservation may be required. See residence tour or grounds tour schedules for details. Visitors must then contact us at least 48 hours in advance to make a reservation. Groups of 10 or more people must make a reservation at all times. Time slots are given out on the basis of first-come first-serve and the schedule of the official events. For any inquiries or to make a reservation:
613-991-4422 | 1-866-842-4422 (toll-free) | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reservation Office is open from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Important notice: Upcoming Lane Reductions on Sussex Drive
Due to the major rehabilitation of the Centre Block on Parliament Hill over the next 10 years, the Queen Elizabeth II Equestrian Monument will be temporarily relocated to the Sussex forecourt at the entrance to Rideau Hall. The monument was unveiled by Her Majesty in 1992 during Canada’s 125th anniversary celebrations.
Work for the relocation will begin on March 18 and should last until late May. The work will cause traffic restrictions daily (7 days a week) around the Sussex roundabout as a result of lane reduction. On weekdays, there will only be lane reduction from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The bus lay-by will be accessible at all times.
How to Get Here and Parking
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1
The visitor entrances are located at MacKay Street, Thomas Street and Sussex Drive..
On foot or by bicycle
Rideau Hall is a 3.5-kilometre walk from Parliament Hill along scenic Sussex Drive.
There are three visitor entrance gates through which you may enter the grounds: MacKay Street, Thomas Street and Sussex Drive. Bicycle racks are available at the Thomas and MacKay entrance gates, as well as near the main residence
Free street parking is available in the surrounding neighbourhood (for a maximum of 3 hours), and visitors may enter on foot by any one of the three entrance gates.
By public transportation
Visit www.octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390 for information on bus schedules and the location of bus stops near Rideau Hall. If you are travelling from Gatineau, contact Société des transports de l’Outaouais or call 819-770-3242 for routes and transfer schedules.
By tour bus
Tour buses can drop off visitors in the lay-by area adjacent to the site on Princess Avenue, next to the main entrance gate on Sussex Drive. Drivers must remain with their buses during the tours. Visitors may enter onto the site by nearby entrance gates located on Sussex Drive or Thomas Street.
Visitors with reduced mobility
The residence and grounds can be reached by car, taxi or bus. Please call ahead to get up-to-date information on how to access the grounds or the parking lot. Parking is available for visitors with reduced mobility via the Princess Avenue entrance gate. Contact us at 1-866-842-4422 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 :30 p.m. from Monday to Friday for more information.
A few wheelchairs are also available on-site at the Visitor Centre (May to October) or at the residence.
If you are coming to enjoy the grounds, it is more convenient to drop off your guests near one of the entrance gates located on Thomas or MacKay streets and park on the surrounding streets.
Where to go once you arrive
The point of departure for tours vary depending on the season and whether a reservation is necessary or not. See the tour schedule to know when you must reserve in advance. If you have a reservation, you will receive a confirmation indicating where to meet your guide. Otherwise, go to the Visitor Gazebo located near the residence to obtain a free ticket for the next available tour. Please plan 5 to 10 minutes to get to the main residence from either one of the entrance gates of the grounds.
- The Visitor Centre is open from May to September.
- Washrooms are available at the Visitor Centre, located on Thomas Street. Please note that the washrooms are open year-round.
- There are picnic tables and a play structure for children.
- Wheelchairs are available on-site
- Please let us know in advance if your group has any special needs.
Rideau Hall is a working residence and scheduling for tours is subject to change due to official events.