Rideau Hall: Summer fun for the whole family

OTTAWA, June 1, 2016 /CNW/ - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston invite members of the public to discover Rideau Hall, the official residence and workplace of the governor general in Ottawa. Open to the public year-round, Rideau Hall will feature free special events and activities throughout the summer.

Join us for popular annual events like the CHEO Teddy Bears' Picnic on June 18; the Annual Inspection of the Ceremonial Guard and the launch of Storytime at Rideau Hall on June 25; and Rideau Hall Movie Nights on June 29 and 30.

Our beautiful grounds are open daily and guided tours of the historic residence are offered every day (see schedule for more details.)

All activities are free of charge.


Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Throughout the weekend, visit the ceremonial rooms of the residence, and learn about the history and the role of governors general.

Saturday, June 18
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A fun-filled day of family activities awaits you on the grounds of Rideau Hall during the
33rd annual Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Teddy Bears' Picnic. The day will feature stage entertainment, rides and games, as well as a celebrity pancake breakfast. The popular B*A*S*H Tent—Bear Ambulatory Surgical Hospital—will be open for children who wish to bring their teddy bears and other stuffed animals for minor repairs. For more information, please contact the CHEO Foundation at 613-737-2780 or visit www.cheofoundation.com.

Saturday, June 25
10 a.m.
Join the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada for a display of pageantry, precision and colour at the annual Inspection of the Ceremonial Guard.

From June 26 to August 21, the public is invited to see the much-loved Relief of the Sentries. Every hour, on the hour, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sentries are led by a piper to their posts at Sussex Gate and in front of the residence.

Saturday, June 25
10:30 a.m.
Join the Governor General, along with special guests from the Ceremonial Guard and volunteers from Frontier College for stories and snacks as we kick off this annual outdoor family activity that celebrates reading and literacy.

Every Friday and Saturday from June 25 to August 20
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Over the summer months, this outdoor family activity will be hosted in collaboration with Frontier College, a Canadian non-profit literacy organization. Volunteers will invite visitors to settle in under the Reading Tent to ­read books and participate in fun literacy activities.

Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30 (no rain date)
Come and see acclaimed English and French Canadian feature films, screened outdoors on alternate nights, on the grounds of Rideau Hall. Bring your blanket and settle in to watch these films under the stars while enjoying free popcorn. Film selections will be announced at a later date.

Start your visit at the Visitor Centre to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of governors general, as well as the history of Rideau Hall.

  • Until September 7: Daily, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Take a tour of the ceremonial rooms, where Canadians are honoured and dignitaries are welcomed. Guided tours are free of charge and are offered daily, including on statutory holidays.

  • Until June 29: Daily, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (reservations required on weekdays)
  • June 30 to September 5: Daily, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Stroll through the grounds of Rideau Hall at your leisure and explore the paths along the flowerbeds and gardens of this urban oasis. Bring a picnic and enjoy the play structure with your children.

  • Year-round: Open from 8 a.m. until one hour before sunset

For more information about Rideau Hall's activities and guided tours, please call 613‑991‑4422 or 1-866-842-4422 (toll-free); write to guide@gg.ca; or visit our website at www.gg.ca/RideauHall.

Please note that Rideau Hall is a working residence; scheduling for all activities is subject to change without notice due to official events.


SOURCE Governor General of Canada

For further information: Media information: Julie Rocheleau, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998-7280, julie.rocheleau@gg.ca; Follow GGDavidJohnston and RideauHall on Facebook and Twitter.

Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890