Rideau Hall and Its Park
by Shahinur Islam
The national historic site of Canada, Rideau Hall, situated in a serene 79-acre area and located only a few minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau is the official residence and workplace of every Governor General since 1867.
There are a variety of free activities to do. When you reach the gate,
you may see three sentries with a piper marching from the gate to the Hall or vice versa.
You can view the places where official activities such as swearing-in ceremonies for Cabinet ministers and Order of Canada investiture ceremonies are held. You can also see the portraits of former Governor Generals hanging on the walls and the rooms decorated with historical elements of the residence as well as art and other objects that reflect contemporary Canadian culture. The guide interpreter is there to tell you the history and responsibilities of the Governor General.
Besides the educational tours of students, different walks of people visit the place every day to enjoy the fresh air and view the scenic beauty, fountains, ceremonial trees and sculptures of Rideau Hall Park, and , of course, the Rideau Hall.
For picnickers, the park is an ideal spot with its movable tables, shaded areas, and open playgrounds.
On the other side of the street, just a couple of minutes from Rideau Hall Park, there is Rideau Falls Park where picnickers can also enjoy the twin waterfalls flowing onto the Ottawa River and the Rideau River.