Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

October 15, 2012 12:50 ET

Media Advisory: Touchdown! Governor General to Welcome the Grey Cup to Rideau Hall

One of Canada's Best Known Trophies on Display from October 21 to 24

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2012) - On the occasion of the centennial of the Canadian Football League's (CFL®) Grey Cup, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will welcome the Grey Cup to Rideau Hall on Sunday, October 21, 2012. The official residence of the governor general of Canada will be the Cup's first destination in the National Capital Region.

"I'm honoured to welcome to Rideau Hall the trophy first donated by my predecessor, Earl Grey, which is a symbol of excellence awarded to the best Canadian professional football team. This year, as we mark the 100th Grey Cup Championship Game, there is nothing quite like a homecoming, bringing the Cup to Rideau Hall, to underline this milestone in the history of the CFL. Sharon and I are inviting all Canadians to come and see it on display," said His Excellency.

Public Viewing Schedule of the Grey Cup

The public will have the opportunity to view the trophy, which will be on display inside the Residence on:

Sunday, October 21: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday, October 22: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, October 23: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 24: 9 a.m. to noon

Tours of the Residence

In addition, visitors will be able to tour the residence and its State rooms, as well as see the portraits of Earl Grey, 9th governor general of Canada (1904-1911), and Major-General the Right Honourable Georges-Philias Vanier, 19th governor general of Canada (1959-1967) who, in 1965, established the Vanier Cup for the Canadian university football championship.


While the Grey Cup is on display at Rideau Hall, limited parking on site will be available after 4 p.m. via Sussex Gate. Parking is also available on neighbouring streets.

About the Grey Cup®

In 1909, governor general Earl Grey donated a trophy for the Rugby Football Championship of Canada. The trophy, which subsequently became known as the Grey Cup, was originally open only to teams that were registered with the Canada Rugby Union. By this time, Canadian football had become markedly different from the rugby football from which it developed. Over time, the Grey Cup became the property of the CFL, which had evolved into a professional football league.

About the Canadian Football League

The CFL is our league. The Grey Cup is Canada's national championship and the largest annual single sporting event. The CFL is preparing for the 100th Grey Cup in 2012. The celebration will span the country and culminate in a tremendous festival and game in Toronto this November. Canadians are invited to be a part of it. For more information about the CFL, visit


Arrival of the Grey Cup to Rideau Hall

Media representatives are invited to attend the arrival of the Grey Cup to Rideau Hall on:

Sunday, October 21, 2012
10 a.m.
inside the Tent Room

Special Announcement by the Governor General

In the presence of CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon, His Excellency will deliver remarks and make a special announcement about his participation in this year's Grey Cup Championship Game in Toronto on November 25, 2012.

Media representatives wishing to cover this event must confirm their attendance in advance with Marie-Ève Létourneau (, Rideau Hall Press Office, and arrive on site no later than 9:45 a.m. the day of the event. Media identification cards must be worn at all times while on the Rideau Hall grounds.

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Contact Information

  • Marie-Eve Letourneau
    Rideau Hall Press Office
    613-302-0912 (cell.)

    Carley Smith
    Communications Officer, Canadian Football League

    Olivier Poulin
    Manager, Communications, Canadian Football League