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RIDEAU HALL: A GLIMPSE INTO HISTORY
 
(2020 - Spring Issue)

Writer: LAURA BYRNE PAQUET



In Ottawa, you can enjoy a bit of regal charm—for free! Rideau Hall is one of the two official residences of Canada’s Governor General, the Queen’s representative in Canada, and guided tours are available year-round.

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Rideau Hall was originally the villa of Rideau Canal builder Thomas McKay. Today, one of its highlights is the Tent Room, with its red-and-white-striped walls and ceiling. Originally an indoor tennis court, it was sometimes redecorated with swags of fabric for opulent events. The tent-like look proved so popular that it became a permanent aspect of the décor. 

On guided tours, visitors also walk through Dare to Dream, a fascinating exhibition of photographs of Canada taken from space. They are displayed alongside objects, gear and keepsakes from Governor General Payette’s personal collection from her career as an astronaut.

Visitors can also explore Rideau Hall’s grounds, using the self-guided tour brochure available at visitor entrances. The 32 hectares property’s attractions include a wintertime skating rink, a cricket pitch and thousands of trees. Among them are roughly 150 trees planted by visiting dignitaries, including John F. Kennedy and Nelson Mandela. 

For more information, see gg.ca/visit-us.

 
 
 
 
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