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. 

While masks are not required, visitors are encouraged to wear one when indoors. Masks are available on-site.

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
November 1 to December 22, 2022 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Daily
Yes Guided tours are available by reservation only. Please fill out the request form.
January 9 to April 30, 2023 10 a.m. to 3 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
November 1 to December 22, 2022 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Daily
Yes Please contact guide@gg.ca to reserve.
January 9 to April 30, 2023 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Daily
Yes Please contact guide@gg.ca to reserve.

COVID-19 safety measures

  • While masks are not required, visitors are encouraged to wear one when indoors. Masks will be available on-site.
  • 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.