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Rideau Hall, Ottawa

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Government Building
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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  • It is the official residence of the Canadian monarch and Governor General of Canada. Located on the outskirts of the city, is surrounded by a large park and various sculptures that give it a gentle air of tranquility. Protected by a pair of guards, you can see the changing of the guard without much tumult as in Parlament Hill, although much more modest.
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  • One of my favourite spots in Ottawa. Beautiful grounds and welcoming staff round it out. Be sure to take the house tour (and garden tour if you can get it) as it is one of Canada's grandest public hou...  more »
  • Not to be missed. A jewel to visit during your next trip to Ottawa. Do not miss during your next visit to Ottawa.
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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)