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Rideau Hall Tours

Rideau Hall
In addition to being the governor general of Canada’s official residence and the meeting place for foreign dignitaries visiting Ottawa, Rideau Hall is a serene green space beloved by locals and travelers alike. The manicured grounds contain a vast lawn, rose garden, private greenhouse, and more than 10,000 trees—some planted by famous visitors.

The Basics
Built in 1838, Rideau Hall became home to Canada’s governor general in 1867. The 175-room Federal Heritage Building is the site of various ceremonies and state affairs, and where the British royal family stays when visiting the capital. The grounds reflect Canada’s diversity and openness through art, artifacts, and horticulture. At the gates, visitors will find the Governor General’s Foot Guards standing at attention outfitted in red coats and tall bearskin hats. The changing of the guard at Rideau Hall is a popular summertime draw.

Some bike tours of Ottawa take in Rideau Hall, though many folks visit independently. Guided tours of the grounds are available daily May to October, and the residence is open for tours year-round; check the website for schedules and reservation information.   

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Rideau Hall is ideal for those who appreciate history, art, and architecture, and for all first-time visitors to Ottawa.
  • All activities, including tours, are free of charge. 
  • Tote a picnic to enjoy in the landscaped park, on the lawn, or with the kids in a play area.
  • Cricket games are played on the lawn during summer, and an outdoor skating rink is available in winter.
  • The residence and grounds are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. The latter are available for use at the visitor center and the residence.
 
How to Get There
Rideau Hall is located at 1 Sussex Drive, across the street from the official residence of Canada’s prime minister. It is easily and quickly accessible from downtown Ottawa by public transit, car, taxi, or bicycle. Street parking is available in the neighborhood.

When to Get There
Rideau Hall is open from 8am until one hour before sunset throughout the year. The visitor center is open May to October. Activities and special events take place year-round; note that visiting dignitaries and various goings-on may affect opening hours and access.
Address: 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Canada
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2-Hour Ottawa Express City Bike Tour

2-Hour Ottawa Express City Bike Tour

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This small-group bike tour is perfect for families and those wanting a safe and leisurely way to see Ottawa. Most of the route is on designated bike paths or quaint backroads that take you to some of Ottawa’s cultural and natural highlights. See Rideau Hall, cycle the Rideau Canal path, plus see the War Memorial, Byward Market and more. Stop along the way to learn more about certain locations and get local tips from your guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Ottawa Bike Tour: The Essentials

Ottawa Bike Tour: The Essentials

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See the best of Ottawa by bike! Picturesque neighbourhoods, waterways, and scenic nature right in the city. We'll explore by using Ottawa's extremely impressive bike lane network! This introductory ride shows you the essential sights of Ottawa's core, and the whole experience feels like you are on a casual ride with a local friend that loves telling stories. We even keep the groups sizes small for a more intimate, personalized experience. This intro tour covers the must-see spots, shares the history, offers stunning views, and sets you up with ideas of things to do for the rest of your stay. Everyone has been loving our included Norco Scene bikes - they are super comfortable and so much fun to ride - we both now use these as our personal bikes! If you've never taken a bike tour before, you are more than welcome. We stop every 10-15 min or so to hear local stories & info, check out public art, or snap photos. Join us and our team to see more of Ottawa in less time - by bike!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Ottawa Highlights 3.5 Hour Bike Tour

Ottawa Highlights 3.5 Hour Bike Tour

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Experience the beauty and history of Ottawa on a half-day bike tour in and around the city. See the major attractions and must-see sites while enjoying the natural pathways and waterways of Canada’s capital city.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$73.28
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Ottawa Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Ottawa Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

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See the best of Ottawa without the stress of public transit and taxis on this hop-on hop-off guided bus tour. With your 1-day pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a panoramic sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your ticket offers the chance to see over 75 sites at more than a dozen strategically placed stops. Hop off at every stop, or just take in views on the full city loop.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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