A Modern Governor General - Active and Engaged
Rideau Hall is the official home and workplace of the Governor General of Canada.
Heads of State and royalty stay at Rideau Hall during State visits and Royal Visits.
Her Majesty The Queen also stays at Rideau Hall when she visits Ottawa (most recently in 2002, in honour of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee commemorating the 50th anniversary of Her Accession to the Throne).
As a working residence, Rideau Hall serves many official functions. For example, it is where:
It is important to note, however, that a high per cent of official events and ceremonies are held in Canadian cities other than Ottawa.
The Governor General travels extensively meeting people in every corner of the country and taking part in a variety of community events. Connecting to people in their own environments and communicating about issues of local concern is an important role. School gymnasiums, community centres and legion halls across the country have hosted vice-regal visits over the past years.
State dinners and other official occasions at Rideau Hall offer many opportunities to showcase our nation’s culinary excellence with the finest of Canadian ingredients and wines. Rideau Hall also houses the best of Canadian furniture and art continuing a tradition started by Pauline Vanier, the spouse of former Governor General Georges Vanier (1959-1967), who began “Canadianizing” a room of Rideau Hall known as the “Canadiana Room”. Now this room has been renamed the “Pauline Vanier Room”.
The Governor General represents Canada on StateVisits abroad at the request of the Prime Minister.
As Commander-in-Chief of Canada, the Governor General honours, recognizes and encourages Canadian troops.