Governor General's Gardens, Rideau Hall

1 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, Ontario

The historic Grounds of Rideau Hall recall dramatic stories of this country's past. Their evolution and their design reflect a distinctly Canadian environment. Originally, the grounds were styled as an English country estate, with verdant lawns bordered with gardens and walking paths winding through the nearby forests. More than 10 000 trees, including 130 ceremonial trees planting by many famous VIPs, including Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Discover the inuksuk and the totem pole, come admire the sweeping arc of roses in the Canadian Heritage Gardens, enjoy a picnic on the grounds or take in a cricket match—there's so much to do!

The official residence of the governor general is set amidst 32 hectares of beautifully landscaped grounds of rolling lawns, winding paths, woods, perennial beds and gardens. Don’t miss the Canadian Heritage Garden and its 11 circular flowerbeds with over 200 varieties of winter-hardy roses.

  • Rose Garden;
  • Inuit Garden;
  • Formal Perennial Garden (private);
  • Entry Garden (at the visitor centre)…mainly perennials;
  • Garden of Canadian Governors-General;
  • Grove of Dedicated Trees;
  • Meditation Garden (near Stanley Gate entry)


Daily 11am - 4pm

Public Transit Wheel Chair Parking Child Friendly


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