Rideau Hall Gardens

The grounds of Rideau Hall represent one of the finest historic landscapes in Canada. In 1998, they were designated as a cultural landscape of national historic significance by the Minister of Canadian Heritage. In keeping with British landscape tradition, the grounds are divided between treed lawns, flowerbeds, and service areas, with some areas remaining in a semi-wild state.

Despite the British inspiration, however, these grounds have an unmistakable Canadian quality. In the 19th century, they became the centre of a culture of winter, as governors-general and their families enjoyed snowshoeing, tobogganing, skating, and skiing on these grounds.

Today, the grounds encompass some 32 hectares (79 acres) and 20 historic buildings, as well as rose gardens, rockeries, cricket lawns, and stands of trees. Don’t miss the Canadian Heritage Garden and its 11 circular flowerbeds with over 200 varieties of winter-hardy roses.

Since 1986, the buildings and grounds of Rideau Hall have been managed by the NCC.

Rose Garden;
Formal Perennial Garden (private);
Entry Garden (at the visitor centre)…mainly perennials;
Garden of Canadian Governors-General;
Grove of Dedicated Trees;
Meditation Garden (near Stanley Gate entry)
Nut Grove
Palm House
Shade Garden
Inuit Garden
Kitchen & Herb Garden
Area: Central


1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa ON K1A 0A1






Street Parking


Wheelchair Accessible


Dog-Friendly (on leash)