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.
Doors are open 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.
The beautiful estate grounds are open daily and guided tours of the historic residence are offered every day. All activities are free of charge.
DOORS OPEN OTTAWA 2016
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.
ANNUAL CHEO TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC
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 visitwww.cheofoundation.com.
ANNUAL INSPECTION OF THE CEREMONIAL GUARD
Saturday, June 25
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.
LAUNCH OF STORYTIME AT RIDEAU HALL
Saturday, June 25
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.
STORYTIME AT RIDEAU HALL
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.
RIDEAU HALL MOVIE NIGHTS
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.
VISIT THE RESIDENCE AND TOUR THE GROUNDS – OPEN DAILY
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 [email protected]; – CNW