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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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  • The representative building for the Canadian President is located in a very beautiful park. The Park is publicly accessible and very suitable for walks.
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  • We drove around the estate and just had enough time to admire the lovely landscaping and grounds. Unfortunately, we arrived too late to take in the tour of the inside. This will definitely be on our '...  more »
  • If you are lucky to be in Ottawa with the Rideau Hall available to visit definitely enjoy. The place has a beautiful garden. Inside the House of the Governor-General of the country you can have access to meeting halls and dance. All very "historical" and cool. Safety and magazine to enter the House. Go to the entry and look for uniformed personnel to get an entry to the next available time. Guided tour with options in English and French. Legend has it that the Queen of England (who is also Queen of Canada) is hosted by there (when going to Canada ...).
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  • Home of Canada's Governor General, Rideau Hall residence and it's grounds are a fabulous place year round. Spring, Summer & Fall enjoy the expertly manicured gardens and trees surrounding the property. Winter take a skate on the historic outdoor skating rink. Be sure to take a free tour of the residence to see some of Ottawa's best interior architecture and design.
  • Rideau Hall is the official residence of the Governor General of Canada. The house is surrounded by a stunning park with beautiful plants and trees but also some memorials and statues. The fact that you can freely walk through this park is another example for Canada's uniquely open-minded spirit.
  • It's a big official house with lots of history, but I particularly enjoyed the collection of Canadian art. it is the second best gallery in Ottawa after the National Gallery of Canada.
  • Great tour, just enough history, great stories and a chance to see the lublin spaces of Rideau Hall! A must see in Ottawa!
  • Karema was the best tour guide ever — super funny and charismatic. best tour of a house i've ever had. 10/10 would recommend. -a student of Crowther Memorial Junior High School

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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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