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Come and Explore the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Quebec!

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/18/14 -- This summer, Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston invite the public to discover the governor general's second official residence at the Citadelle of Quebec, which is located in the heart of the historic District of Old Quebec.

"Sharon and I invite you and your family to discover our residence at the Citadelle of Quebec," said the Governor General. "Steeped in history, this site, which overlooks the St. Lawrence River and sits high atop Cape Diamant, is a remarkable heritage attraction. Join the thousands of visitors who come every year and see what it has to offer!"

Visit the Residence of the Governor General

Visitors are invited to discover the history, architecture and art collections of this magnificent residence. They can also explore the State rooms, where the Governor General fulfills his official duties, welcomes dignitaries and honours Canadians. Guided tours are free of charge.

Tour Schedule:

From June 24 to September 1: Daily, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A Historic and Modern Residence

For nearly 250 years, the City of Quebec 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 of Canada. 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 decor that reflects the country's history and its various artistic and cultural traditions.

For more information about our guided tours, please call 418-648-4322 or 1-866-936-4422 (toll-free) or write to [email protected]. You may also visit our website at www.gg.ca/visitus.

The governor general's residence is located within the Citadelle of Quebec, 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.

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