Rideau Hall in Ottawa is the official residence and workplace of the Governor General of Canada - an impressive mansion surrounded by fabulous heritage gardens.
- Rideau Hall was built in 1838 by early Ottawa lumber baron Thomas MacKay; it became the permanent residence of the Governor General's in 1867.
- Rideau Hall has welcomed countless foreign dignitaries to Canada's Capital - many of whom have planted a tree on the grounds marking their visit.
- Summertime activities include residence tours, art tours, garden tours and free outdoor concerts.
- Winter activities include skating on the outdoor rink and tours of the residence, by reservation. All activities are free of charge.
- The grounds of Rideau Hall were designated as a cultural landscape of national historic significance in 1998, and are viewed as an outstanding example of the Picturesque style of landscape design.
- The gates of Rideau Hall are guarded by members of the red-coated Governor General's Footguard every summer - see if you can make one smile!
- Rideau Hall is located across the street from 24 Sussex Drive, home of Canada's Prime Minister.