Rideau Hall

Whether you live in Ottawa or are visiting the capital, a trip to the historic Rideau Hall is the perfect activity at any time of the year. The official residence of the Governor General since 1867, this historic site is full of beauty and history, a true representation of Canada itself. 
There are always lots of things to see and do at Rideau Hall. During your visit you can:
- Take a guided tour of the residence. This free tour gives you a glimpse of official State rooms, an impressive collection of Canadian art and furniture, and much more.
- Take a self-guided Grounds tours:  Walk along the beautiful, shady grounds, admiring the variety of trees, many planted by visiting dignitaries. Follow the interpretive signs and you will find many unique spots that reflect Canada’s character, such as totem poles, inuksuks, and Heritage Gardens. 
- Admire the Ceremonial guard. Witness the Relief of the Sentries ceremony each hour during the summer months.
- Partake in many great seasonal activities such as picnicking in the summer and skating on the outdoor rink in the winter. 
- Plan to visit for a special event. Special activities occur throughout the year at Rideau Hall, including outdoor movies, storytelling, trick-or-treating at Halloween, and much more!
Visit the Rideau Hall website to plan your visit and see additional programming details. 

Rideau Hall

Whether you live in Ottawa or are visiting the capital, a trip to the historic Rideau Hall is the perfect activity at any time of the year. The official residence of the Governor General since 1867, this historic site is full of beauty and history, a true representation of Canada itself. 

There are always lots of things to see and do at Rideau Hall. During your visit you can:

  • Take a guided tour of the residence. This free tour gives you a glimpse of official State rooms, an impressive collection of Canadian art and furniture, and much more.
  • Take a self-guided Grounds tours:  Walk along the beautiful, shady grounds, admiring the variety of trees, many planted by visiting dignitaries. Follow the interpretive signs and you will find many unique spots that reflect Canada’s character, such as totem poles, inuksuks, and Heritage Gardens. 
  • Admire the Ceremonial guard. Witness the Relief of the Sentries ceremony each hour during the summer months.
  • Partake in many great seasonal activities such as picnicking in the summer and skating in the winter. 
  • Plan to visit for a special event. Special activities occur throughout the year at Rideau Hall, including outdoor movies, storytelling, trick-or-treating at Halloween, and much more!

Visit the Rideau Hall website to plan your visit and see additional programming details.