Media Advisory - Don't Miss the CHEO Teddy Bears' Picnic at Rideau Hall!

OTTAWA, June 17, 2015 /CNW/ - The grounds of Rideau Hall will be transformed into a playground when it hosts the Annual Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Teddy Bears' Picnic on Saturday, June 20, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents and visitors to our nation's capital are invited to participate in this family-friendly event.

The day will kick off with a celebrity pancake breakfast, followed by an opening ceremony. Throughout the day, the young and the young-at-heart will enjoy stage entertainment, rides and games. Children are invited to bring their teddy bears and other stuffed animals for minor repairs and a visit with the dentist at the B*A*S*H tent—Bear Ambulatory Surgical Hospital.

Tours of the Residence
From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., visitors will be able to tour the historic residence and its State rooms, where they will learn about the history and the role of the governor general.

Parking and shuttle
Free park-and-ride shuttle buses will be in operation from the National Research Council Canada (100 Sussex Drive) and from Hemlock Private Parking Lot (from St. Laurent Boulevard, turn onto Hemlock Road, after the Dairy Queen), from 7 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The last shuttle bus leaving from Rideau Hall will be at 3:15 p.m. Please note that there are limited spaces at both parking lots. For more information, contact the CHEO Foundation at 613-737-2780.

Limited parking for mobility-impaired guests will be available on the Rideau Hall grounds via Princess Anne Gate. For more information, please contact 613-991-4422 or

About the CHEO Foundation
The sole purpose of the CHEO Foundation is to raise funds to help support the work of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Donations help the hospital provide a wide variety of pediatric programs, research, state-of-the-art equipment, medical and nursing education, and assistance for families in crisis. For more information, visit


SOURCE Government House

For further information: Media information: Marie-Pierre Bélanger, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998-9166,; Len Hanes, Director of Communications, CHEO Foundation, 613-737-2784, 613-447-2741 (cell),; Follow GGDavidJohnston and RideauHall on Facebook and Twitter.

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