Rideau Hall’s Dairy Building Becomes the Winter Pavilion

Rideau Hall Winter Pavilion
Winter Pavilion

We have restored the Dairy Building at Rideau Hall, and given it new life as the Winter Pavilion. In 2017, this pavilion provides a skating shelter and meeting place next to the Rideau Hall skating rink. It also features an exhibition on winter festivities and sports at Rideau Hall.

The Winter Pavilion is open

  • to the public on weekends, from January 28 to March 26, 2017, noon to 5 pm
  • to groups, on evenings and weekdays, by reservation only

Address: 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

About the Dairy Building

The Dairy Building was constructed in 1895 and was originally a service building. It was one of several improvements to agriculture that Governor General Lord Aberdeen brought to Rideau Hall. A variety of dairying activities were carried out in the building:

  • milk from Rideau Hall’s cows was collected, stored and cooled;
  • cream was separated; and
  • butter and cheese were produced.

Later, it was used by Governor General Lord Alexander as a painting studio.

The architecture of the building, with its octagonal shape and decorative cupola, is distinctive, and the NCC has preserved it as part of Canada’s cultural history. The Dairy Building was designated a Government of Canada Recognized Federal Heritage Building in 1987.