Rideau Hall Gardens Self-Guided Tour

A. Rideau Hall Gardens

Address: 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa ON K1A 0A1

Services for Visitors: Street Parking – Bicycle Racks – Washrooms – Wheelchair Accessible – Child Friendly – Picnic Areas

Description: 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

B. International Peace Garden

Address: 50 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1M 2K1

Services for Visitors: Parking $  – Washrooms – Wheelchair Accessible – Child Friendly – Café and Eating Areas nearby (Tavern on the Falls)

Description: Since its creation in 1990, Ottawa’s International Peace Garden has featured a display of early-blooming tulips every spring.

In 1990, the City of Ottawa and the Canadian Tulip Festival (an annual event that dates back to the postwar period) presented the United States with a “peace garden” to celebrate the world’s longest undefended border. The dedication of that garden inspired the 1991 creation of the International Peace Garden Foundation, a charitable organization that promotes human rights and advances global friendship. The foundation coordinates the annual gift of a peace garden from country to country, with the latest participant choosing which country to honour next. More gardens have since been created all over the world, from Italy to Japan.

21 International Peace Gardens

1990 Ottawa, Canada     1991 Washington, DC     1992 Warsaw, Poland

1993 Berlin, Germany     1994 Budapest, Hungary     1995 Strasbourg, France

1996 Ljubljana, Slovenia     1997 Pretoria, South Africa     1999 San Jose, Costa Rica

2000 The Hague, Netherlands     2001 Hiroshima, Japan     2002 Vienna, Austria

2003 Rome, Italy     2004 Athens, Greece     2005 Nicosia, Cyprus     2006 Dublin, Ireland

2007 Bern, Switzerland     2008 Kyiv, Ukraine     2010 Istanbul, Turkey

2017 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico     2018 Suncheon Bay, South Korea

C. Rockcliffe Park and The Rockeries

Address: Rockcliffe Driveway, Ottawa, ON K1M 2H5. Note: the site opens in early May and closes on the first snowfall. 

Services for Visitors: Free parking – Washrooms – Picnic Tables

Description: This park features the Rockcliffe Pavilion, a popular location for outdoor weddings, as well as spectacular lookouts that are accessible via the multi-use pathways and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway.

In the spring, the 2.65-hectare Rockcliffe Rockeries offer a burst of colour with hundreds of thousands of daffodils and flowering trees.

The park’s high, rocky land once belonged to Thomas McKay, master stonemason of the Rideau Canal and the builder of Rideau Hall. Rockcliffe Park opened in the late 1800s and is one of the Capital Region’s first recreational parks.


2020 Self-Guided Tour Video of Rideau Hall Gardens

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