Guided tours of the residence (Ottawa)

The grounds of Rideau Hall are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to one hour before sunset. Rideau Hall and the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle are now open for in-person visits. 

Masks must be worn at all times while inside the residences and in designated waiting areas. 

The original stone villa was built in 1838 by Thomas MacKay as a home for his family. MacKay, a stonemason, was one of the general contractors of the Rideau Canal entrance locks and the mills at Rideau Falls, the landmark after which Rideau Hall was named. It has been home to every governor general since Confederation.

Over the years, various changes have been made to the stately old building to meet the demands of modern times. The grounds, the main residence and its interiors have also evolved to better reflect and reinforce Rideau Hall’s identity as one of Canada’s official residences.

Tour experience

Visit the State rooms

Accompanied by a guide, walk through the State rooms where the governor general fulfills official duties, welcomes dignitaries and honours Canadians. The residence is home to a fine collection of Canadian art and furniture. On display are the works of such renowned Canadian artists as Jean Paul Lemieux, Emily Carr and Allen Sapp. A special exhibition on Canadian honours is also included in the tour.

Guided tours are free of charge. Each tour lasts 45 minutes. You can also visit the grounds. Find more information in the Plan Your Visit section.

Schedule for public tours

Date Time Reservation required Details
September 20 to October 30, 2022 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday to Friday
Yes Guided tours are available by reservation only. Please fill out the request form.
September 20 to October 30, 2022 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
No Guided tours are available every 15-20 minutes on a first come first serve basis.
October 10, 2022 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday
No Guided tours are available every 15-20 minutes on a first come first serve basis.
November 1 to December 18, 2022 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Daily
Yes Guided tours are available by reservation only. Please fill out the request form.

Schedule for group tours (10 to 100 people)

Group visits for 10 or more people must reserve 48 hours in advance. We can then book your reservation depending on the availability of the residence and the official events schedule. 

Date Time Reservation required Details
September 20 to October 30, 2022 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Daily
Yes Please contact guide@gg.ca to reserve.
November 1 to December 18, 2022 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Daily
Yes Please contact guide@gg.ca to reserve.

COVID-19 safety measures

  • Masks must be worn at all times while inside the residence, the Visitor Centre and in designated waiting areas
  • If you or a member of your group has any symptoms of COVID-19, please postpone your visit
  • Visitors must maintain a 2-metre distance at all times

Security measures

All visitors will be asked to go through a metal detector before entering the residence. In order to facilitate this process, it is recommended that visitors leave personal effects in their respective vehicles when possible. Backpacks, large bags and video recording devices are not permitted in the residence.


Rideau Hall is a working residence and scheduling for tours is subject to change due to official events.