Government House

1 Sussex Dr.
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A1- Map It
(613) 991-4422

AAA Editor Notes

Government House (Rideau Hall), 1 Sussex Dr. at the entrance to Rockcliffe Park, has been the official home and workplace of Canada's governors-general since 1867. The original residence was built in 1838 by Thomas MacKay, a Scottish stonemason who worked on the Rideau Canal; it was called Rideau Hall—a name still used unofficially. The state rooms, adorned with Canadian art and furnishings, contain an exhibit about the awarding of Canadian honors and the Visitor Centre near the entrance gate has exhibits detailing the role of the Governor General and history of the building. Government House is on 32 landscaped hectares (79 acres). The Ceremonial Guard performs the Relief of the Sentries. Picnicking is permitted.
Free.
Hours: Grounds daily 8-1 hour before dusk. Visitor Centre daily 10-4, mid-May to early September; Sat.-Sun. noon-4, mid-Sept. to mid-Oct. Guided tours of the residence, lasting 45 minutes, are offered daily 10-4; reservations are required every day Nov.-Apr. and Mon.-Fri., early May-late June and early Sept.-Oct. 31. Visits without a tour are available daily 3-4:30, July-Aug. Sentries relief performed daily on the hour 9-5, late June-late Aug. No tours during official functions.