For those coming to Ottawa, Rideau Hall has public tours of some of the mansion (the hours vary depending on time of year). While photography is not permitted during the tours (they would slow things down considerably), one is free to photograph when the tours end for the day, so if you're paying a visit, check ahead of time. I took the last English tour of the afternoon before the staff opened the doors to any member of the public to come through, so I went back through the rooms I'd toured just a few minutes earlier. These first shots are in the main entrance hall, where portraits of former governor generals are hung.
Off this room is an exhibit space, where various Canadian honours, such as the Order of Canada, are hung and displayed, with explanations for each.
And beyond that is this very colourful space, the Tent Room. Governor Generals from further back in time, when they were all British born, are hung here in portraits, while a portrait of Queen Victoria dominates the far wall. This unusual space dates back to the 1870s; Lord Dufferin, the Governor General at the time, had a personal interest in an indoor tennis court. And so this wing was built, doubling as a reception room. The bright colours certainly catch the eye.