Governor General to Visit Calgary and Whitehorse

OTTAWA, July 3, 2015 /CNW/ - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will visit Calgary, Alberta and Whitehorse, Yukon from July 4 to 8, 2015.

In Calgary, they will attend the Queen Elizabeth II Cup competition at Spruce Meadows, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. While in Whitehorse, His Excellency will participate in the inauguration of Yukon's Government House, attend the Annual Conference of the Governor General, Lieutenant Governors and Territorial Commissioners and present the newly created Polar Medal during an inaugural ceremony.

Timings indicated are in local time zone (Mountain Daylight Time – UTC/GMT -6 hours, and Pacific Daylight Time – UTC/GMT -7 hours). 


Saturday, July 4
Calgary, Alberta


1 p.m.
Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows
Their Excellencies will attend the Queen Elizabeth II Cup competition taking place during the North American Tournament at Spruce Meadows, which features the best show jumping athletes and horses from throughout the Americas and Europe. Their Excellencies will arrive by landau and watch the Parade of Nations. Prior to the show jumping competition, the Governor General will receive the "Vice Regal Salute" and conduct an inspection of the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) guard of honour. This will be followed by a feu de joie rifle salute and a march past. After the main event, Their Excellencies will participate in the award ceremonies.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Spruce Meadows is committed to being the leading venue in the world for international horse sports. It focuses on the organization and hosting of show jumping tournaments of unmatched quality for junior, amateur and professional athletes. For more information, please visit
18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary, Alberta
MEDIA CONTACT: Media wishing to cover the event must be accredited with the Spruce Meadows Media Services: 403-974-5429.

Monday, July 6
Whitehorse, Yukon

2 p.m.
Dedication of Yukon's Government House
The Governor General will join the Honourable Doug Phillips, Commissioner of Yukon, and the Honourable Darrell Pasloski, Premier of Yukon, to dedicate the historic Taylor House as Yukon's Government House, home of the Office of the Commissioner. On this occasion, His Excellency will deliver remarks and take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Constructed in 1937, Taylor House is recognized for its architecture and its association with the Taylor family who contributed to the early growth and economic development of Yukon through the Taylor and Drury Company.
412 Main Street, Whitehorse, Yukon
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Edwards, Communications, Executive Council Office,
867-456-6507 or

Annual Conference of the Governor General, Lieutenant Governors and Territorial Commissioners
His Excellency will attend this annual gathering from July 6 to 8, 2015. The meeting provides an opportunity for members to discuss matters of mutual interest and how they can better serve Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

Wednesday, July 8
Whitehorse, Yukon


10:30 a.m.
Inaugural Presentation Ceremony of the Polar Medal
His Excellency will preside over the inaugural presentation ceremony of the newly created Polar Medal. The names of the recipients and their short citations will be released at a later date.

The Polar Medal celebrates Canada's Northern heritage and recognizes persons who render extraordinary services in the polar regions and Canada's North. Part of the Canadian Honours System, the new medal elevates the way we recognize individuals who contribute to Northern communities and to our understanding of Northern Canada and its people. It also highlights their achievements in polar exploration and scientific discoveries.  For more information, visit
MacBride Museum of Yukon History, 1124 Front Street, Whitehorse, Yukon
MEDIA CONTACT: Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office.


SOURCE Government House

For further information: Media information :Marie-Pierre Bélanger, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998-9166,; Follow GGDavidJohnston and RideauHall on Facebook and Twitter.

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