The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
Rideau Hall
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Seasonal Activities

Whether you have only a few hours to take in the sights at Rideau Hall or you’re planning to spend the entire day, we have a variety of free activities that are sure to make your time with us memorable.

In addition to our seasonal offerings, Residence tours are offered free of charge throughout the year.

2018 Canada Army Run
September 23, 2018
9 a.m.


Cheer on the military members, family and friends

Halloween at Rideau Hall
October 31, 2018
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Halloween is a long time tradition at Rideau Hall. In a themed décor specially designed for the occasion, costumed employees animate the site and distribute treats to visitors of all ages.

Rideau Hall Skating Rink
December 1, 2018 to March 24, 2019
(weather permitting)


Enjoy this unique outdoor experience which is part of Canada’s heritage. The founding of the rink dates back to the time of Lord Dufferin, who was governor general from 1872 to 1878.

Savour Fall at Rideau Hall

This year’s edition of the event will be transplanted to spring 2019 so that we can taste all the many wonderful things that emerge from ground after a long winter’s sleep. We look forward to welcoming everyone to this renewed special event. Stay tuned for more information.

Winter Celebration
Early Winter 2019


This family fun day is an opportunity to experience northern sports and traditions, to engage in physical activity, to spend time outdoors in the fresh air and to embrace healthy living.

Date modified: September 20, 2018