The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
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Tour Schedule

The Tent Room inside Rideau Hall

Residence Tours

Visit the State rooms where the governor general fulfills official duties welcoming dignitaries and honouring Canadians. The residence is home to a magnificent 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.

Dates Without a Reservation With a Reservation
January 3 to April 28, 2017 Not available
Note: all visitors must have reservations.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 29 to June 28, 2017 Weekends
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday to Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 29 to September 4, 2017 Daily
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Not available
Note: the general public do not need reservations. Tickets must be obtained on-site the day of the visit.
*Open House: In July and August, visit the residence at your own pace from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
September 5 to October 29, 2017 Weekends
noon to 4 p.m.
Monday to Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October 30 to December 23, 2017 Not available
Note: all visitors must have reservations
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Statutory Holidays
Tours are offered on statutory holidays from May to October. Tours are not offered on Remembrance Day, throughout the holiday season, or over the Easter long weekend.
Groups of 10 or more require a reservation for a guided tour 48 hours in advance.


Please make reservations a minimum 48 hours in advance.
613-991-4422 | 1-866-842-4422 (toll-free) |

*Important Notice

In the buildup to the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, work will be undertaken by the National Capital Commission (NCC) to create a ceremonial site in front of the residence. Please note that Rideau Hall will be open during the rehabilitation work. Visitors are asked to please use the following entrances to access the property:

  • Visitors entering on foot or by bike can still access the grounds via Thomas Gate or Mackay Pedestrian Gate (parking available on surrounding streets);
  • Visitors with mobility restrictions are asked to enter via Princess Gate. Please call ahead to get up-to-date information and to reserve parking on-site. Contact us at 1-866-842-4422 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday (see map).
  • Rideau Hall is a working residence and official events may require unforeseen changes
    to your visit.

We look forward to welcoming you!