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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. Put Rideau Hall on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Ottawa itinerary builder.
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  • Rideau Hall abrite la maison du Gouverneur du Canada, représentant du pouvoir de la reine d'Angleterre au Canada. C'est aussi un joli parc, qui mérite une balade, surtout durant les couleurs, explosio...  more »
  • Loved Rideau Hall. We went for an indoors tour but ended up viewing the grounds as well and spent the entire day! The tour guide was very knowledgeable, however it was very hard to hear her as there w...  more »
  • It was a fairly short tour but it was informative and educational. Well worth the trip as it is only a short bus trip out of downtown. As an aside, for political types like me, Sasha the tour guide is...  more »
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  • Worth a visit. Did the free half-hour tour inside the governor's residence and saw the changing of the guards. Very scenic and peaceful with lots of green spaces. Bring food as there are no restaurants nearby. From downtown Ottawa, it takes half an hour's walk or a 15-minute bus ride to reach the place.
  • Beautiful place. The gardens are awesome (especially like all the trees with the names of who gave them and their histories), and the place looks so majestic from the outside. Reminds me of president snow's house in Hunger Games for some reason, lol. Concerning the visit itself, it's fun. Just wished we could see more from a house that is THAT big. I was especially rooting to see the banana tree they talked about !
  • Beautiful. The tour inside is interesting enough, but the large and well-kept grounds are what makes it really special.
  • Beautiful palace to walk by! My only regret is that I don't live here! ;p
  • Love the garden and greenhouse (they don't open it that often though)