Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

June 22, 2011 13:05 ET

Visit the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Quebec this Summer

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 22, 2011) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston invite the public to discover the Governor General's second official residence at the Citadelle of Québec.

"My wife, Sharon, and I invite you and your family to visit the Citadelle of Québec," said the Governor General. "Steeped in history, this place, sitting high atop Cape Diamant and overlooking the St. Lawrence River, has been the second official residence of Canada's governors general since the end of the 19th century."

A Historic and Modern Residence

For nearly 250 years, the City of Québec was the political capital and place of residence of the colony's governors. After Confederation in 1867, Rideau Hall, in Ottawa, became the new official residence of the governor general of Canada. In 1872, Lord Dufferin decided to re-establish a residence for the governor general in the old capital, a tradition dating back to the beginning of New France.

Guided Tours of the Residence

Visitors are invited to discover the history, architecture and art collections of this magnificent residence. They can also explore the State rooms, where the Governor General fulfills his official duties, welcomes dignitaries and honours Canadians.

Tribute is paid to Canadian artists throughout the residence. The Canadian character of the furnishings and works of art enrich the value of the residence's heritage. The marriage of period furniture and contemporary artwork creates a décor that reflects the country's history and its various artistic and cultural traditions.

2011 Schedule

Public tours are free of charge.

From June 24 to September 5: Daily, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June, September and October: Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Le Grand Livre de Champlain

Don't miss Le Grand Livre de Champlain, set in a metal binding with pages two metres high, that retraces the voyages of Samuel de Champlain to New France.

Le Grand Live de Champlain was a gift to the Canadian people from the cities of La Rochelle and Rochefort as well as the Agglomération Royan Atlantique, in France. Bringing Champlain's notes, maps and etchings under one cover, Le Grand Livre de Champlain is a masterful artwork modeled after the original book on display at the Musée du Patrimoine du Pays Royonnais, in France.

Visit the Cap-aux-Diamants Redoubt

The picturesque setting of the Citadelle is also home to the Cap-aux-Diamants Redoubt, one of Canada's oldest military buildings. Built between 1693 and 1694, it is one of the rare remnants of Québec's earliest fortifications and features three magnificent vaults. The exhibits presented inside recall the history of this remarkable defence works, as well as the origins of the office of governor general.

The Cap-aux-Diamants Redoubt is open daily to the public from June 24 to September 5, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

How to Get to the Residence

The governor general's residence is located within the Citadelle of Québec, atop Cape Diamant. Because the Citadelle is an active military base, visitors may enter only when accompanied by a guide and are not permitted to wander freely on the premises.

For more information, please call 418-648-4322 or 1-866-936-4422 (toll-free) or write to citadelle@gg.ca. Visit our Web site at http://www.gg.ca/visitus.

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