Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

January 14, 2011 10:20 ET

Rideau Hall Skating Rink Now Open

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2011) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston are pleased to announce that Rideau Hall's skating rink is now officially open to skaters for the winter season.

Their Excellencies extend a warm invitation to members of the public 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.

The general public is invited to skate on Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m., without a reservation. Organized groups must make reservations. 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. Guided tours of the governor general's residence state rooms and the new temporary exhibit called the National Capital Commission Official Residences Crown Collection are offered free of charge every day upon reservation. To view the schedule, please visit

To make a reservation or for more information, please call 1-866-842-4422 or 613-991-4422.

Contact Information

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    Rideau Hall Press Office
    Marie-Eve Letourneau
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