Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

January 09, 2014 10:20 ET

Opening of the Rideau Hall Skating Rink

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 9, 2014) - The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General is pleased to announce that Rideau Hall's skating rink is officially open to skaters for the winter season on January 9, 2014.

The general public is invited to experience this unique part of Canada's heritage, which has been associated with the official residence since the time of Lord Dufferin, who was governor general from 1872 to 1878.

During the winter season, skaters can enjoy the outdoor rink on Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m., without a reservation. Before heading to Rideau Hall, skaters should check the status of the rink online at or by calling 1-888-842-4422 or 613-991-4422 as it may be closed due to unfavourable weather conditions. Please note that this rink is exclusively for pleasure skating.

Winter at Rideau Hall

Whether you've come to skate, or to walk the snow-covered paths, the historic grounds are a great place to enjoy winter. Visit the State rooms of the residence, as well as A Reflection of Who We Are, an exhibit that explores various facets of the Canadian Honours System. From the history of the System to the accomplishments of recipients, visitors can discover what's behind the insignias and medals and be inspired by the passion and dedication that characterize the Canadians who have received these honours. Guided tours are free of charge and offered daily upon reservation. To view the schedule or make a reservation, visit or call 1-866-842-4422 or 613-991-4422.

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Contact Information

  • Media information:
    Marie-Eve Letourneau
    Rideau Hall Press Office

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