Rideau Hall has been the official home and workplace of every Governor General since Confederation in 1867. The historic residence, set amidst 79 acres of landscaped grounds, is located just minutes from downtown Ottawa and is open to the public year-round. In the summer, visitors can choose from a variety of daily activities on the site: guided tours of the residence where you’ll see the Ballroom, Tent Room and various State rooms; self-guided grounds tours and the Relief of the Sentries ceremony. The park provides you with the perfect setting for picnics, and children will love the interactive interpretive activities and the playground. You will find an exhibition in the Visitor Centre. Throughout the winter months, strap-on your skates and join us on the historic outdoor skating rink or enjoy guided tours of the residence (reservations required.) All tours and activities are free of charge. The grounds are open to the public all year from 8:00 a.m. to one hour before sunset.