Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

June 22, 2012 16:08 ET

Visit the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec this Summer!

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 22, 2012) - 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.

"Sharon and I invite you to visit the Citadelle of Québec with your family this summer," His Excellency said. "This place steeped in history is equal to the impressive view it offers overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Come and discover this unique space - you will be charmed."

Visit the Residence of the Governor General

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. Public tours are free of charge.

Public tours schedule:
From June 24 to September 3: Daily, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

Today, 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.

For more information about our public tours, please call 418-648-4322 or 1-866-936-4422 (toll-free) or write to citadelle@gg.ca. Also, visit our website at www.gg.ca/visitus.

The governor general's residence is located within the Citadelle of Québec, atop Cape Diamant. Because the Citadelle is a working residence and an active military base, visitors may enter only when accompanied by a guide and are not permitted to wander freely on the premises. Scheduling for all activities is subject to change without notice due to official events.

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