Starting June 24, discover the Governor General’s second official residence at the Citadelle of Québec with guided tours offered daily, free of charge, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., until August 30.
Our guides are looking forward to greeting visitors and helping them discover the history, architecture and collections of this magnificent residence located in the heart of the historic district of Old Québec. Visitors will also explore the State rooms, where the Governor General fulfills his official duties, welcomes dignitaries and honours Canadians.
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 ofCanada. 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, the furnishings and works of art found throughout the residence pay tribute to Canadian artists and 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.
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 around the premises. Scheduling for all activities is subject to change without notice due to official events.