Forecourt Rehabilitation Project
Rideau Hall is often referred to as “Canada’s House” because it’s where our Governor General welcomes the public. The number of visits to Rideau Hall is expected to swell in 2017, as residents and visitors make their way to the Capital to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Rehabilitation of the forecourt will allow Rideau Hall to continue to inspire Canadians for generations to come. When complete, this new site will be able to accommodate more than 1,000 people for ceremonies, official functions and various public activities.
About the forecourt project
This project is the latest in a long tradition of improvements to preserve the iconic Rideau Hall. The rehabilitation work and the reconfiguration of the front entrance arrival area will focus on meeting today’s functional and ceremonial needs, including:
- rehabilitating the Fountain of Hope dedicated to Terry Fox, an important feature of the entrance;
- re-grading the arrival area to ensure it meets universal accessibility requirements;
- re-surfacing the existing paving material;
- improving drainage; and
- installing new electrical conduits and wiring, and a new lighting system.
Rehabilitation starts: August 2, 2016
Rehabilitation ends: June 2017
The reconfiguration of the forecourt is being done in partnership with T and the .
As steward of Rideau Hall, and the other five official residences in the Capital Region, the NCC takes pride in ensuring that the official residences retain their historic character while continuing to meet the evolving needs of Canadians.
See our other initiatives to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary.