The grounds of Rideau Hall—32 hectares (79 acres) of rolling lawns, winding paths, woods and gardens—were originally modelled on the style of an English country estate. Landscaping elements—such as the totem pole and inuksuk—are uniquely Canadian; evergreens are more prominent, and sugar maples make up most of the wooden areas.
There are more than 10 000 trees—some older than Confederation—providing shade and beauty in the summer and spectacular colour in the fall while defining the woods, parklands, lawns and gardens. Don’t miss the Canadian Heritage Garden with its sweeping arc of roses. Planting trees has become a tradition for commemorating the visits of foreign guests, members of the Royal Family or an anniversary. There are about 150 ceremonial trees, each representing the lasting memories of a visit or anniversary.
Enjoy the park
In the summer, start your visit at the Visitor Centre located near the Sussex Drive entrance gate.
Explore the grounds at your leisure by walking, jogging, biking and even rollerblading. You can pick up a self-guided tour brochure at either entrance (on Thomas or Mackay Streets) and follow the interpretive panels along the paths.
Extend your visit to Rideau Hall by taking in a cricket match, having a picnic on the grounds or stopping with your children at the play structure area.
8 a.m. until one hour before sunset
Guided tours of the grounds are available for groups from May to October, daily, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. . Reservation required.