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Rideau Hall, Ottawa

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Take a tour of the official residence of the Canadian monarch and their representative at Rideau Hall. Dubbed "Canada's House," this National Historic Site holds both cultural and architectural importance. As you explore some of the residence's 175 rooms, a knowledgeable guide will take you through the history of the monarchy in the country, including the role kings and queens have played in governance. Growing out from a villa constructed in 1838, the building has served its current purpose since 1867, with many of the rooms used for state affairs. With our international travel planner, Ottawa attractions like Rideau Hall can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Visited this site with a school group. Very nice guided tour. They give you lot's of information. The tour was only about 45 minutes. I wish, it would have been a little longer and I wish we would hav...  more »
  • Worth the visit ... you see the public spaces but none of the residence, and private office spaces. Fun to see in person the rooms you see on TV and in the media. And it's free, though you have to res...  more »
  • Once you are told to go by car to downtown Rangoon far inauguration ritual events, often in front of the garden, where it's nice and great view in the fall
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  • Serene space with amazing marked historical landmarks! The trees planted by various influential figures in history are very special. Also being able to see Parliament Hill is a thoughtful feature of this peaceful public area.
  • There are tours that can be taken, as well as events on the grounds throughout the year its previous residents and its place in history to life. The gardens are extensive and beautiful to walk around.
  • If you ever wondered what a nobleman's estate would have looked like, this is the place to find out. Sprawling 80 acres of beautiful landscape tended by a hardworking British man. The guides are very nice and knowledgeable and the inside is amazing as well, full of portraits of the Governor-Generals, from nobles down to the more recent ones without title. Seeing the ballroom really sparks the imagination further, although the grounds and the building itself do a good enough job of giving you fanciful imaginings.
  • Actually was surprised by how much I liked it. Walking around looking at all the trees that have been planted and enjoyed the tour inside the hall
  • One of our favourite parks in the city for a picnic. There are public events all year long and the residence is as impressive and has much historic value, a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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For the best access to restaurants and shops, stay in the historic central neighborhood of ByWard Market, where you can choose from a range of comfortable hotels. Options also abound just south of the canal in Centretown, where you can enjoy easy access to the best attractions in Ottawa. You can explore the city's diverse heritage by staying in one of its many cultural hubs--Chinatown, Little Italy, and Quartier Vanier offer a distinctive taste of China, Italy, and France respectively.
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