Ottawa Castles & Stately Homes
The official residence for the Governor General since 1867, Rideau Hall welcomes visitors throughout the year. Free guided tours lead visitors down Canada's historical past while exploring the wealth of Canadian art and furniture that adorns the halls of this grand building. Or, tour the beautiful outdoor gardens -Horticultural Tours are available. Don't miss the Ceremonial Guard - it occurs from June 23 to August 23, every hour from 9am to 5pm.
24 Sussex Drive is the official residence of Canada's Prime Minister. Built in 1866 by Joseph Merrill Currier, a Member of Parliament, it was orginally named Gorffwysfa - a Welsh word for place of peace. It has housed every Prime Minister since the government purchased it in 1943. While the building is not open for visitors, it is worth having a peak through the dense trees.
Located in Ottawa's very upscale Rockcliffe Park neighbourhood, Stornoway is the official residence of the Leader of the Opposition party. Built in 1914 for an Ottawa grocer, the house was named by its second residents after their ancestral family home in Scotland.
Billings Estate Museum
Built in 1827, this Georgian estate was once home to one of the region's founding families: Braddish and Lamira Billings. Included on over eight acres are the grand house, an ice house, dairy room, a cemetary, lush landscaped grounds, pathways a picnic area and more. Open May - October, Tuesday to Sunday.