For a different look at the Hall, check out this video by Canadian comedian Rick Mercer, paying a visit some years ago and getting a personal tour of the official residence with the current Governor General David Johnston. Denise asked a question about tennis balls breaking windows in the Tent Room the other day- this clip has a different spin on that.
Looking at this, you wouldn't expect that off to the right, Rideau Hall stands. This ravine is on the east side of the property. It's quite a drop down to the bottom from here.
One last look back at Rideau Hall as we head down the main driveway.
I mentioned in an earlier post about dignitaries doing ceremonial tree plantings. Their plaques can be found by the tree, such as in the case of this one, identifying President Truman as having planted a sugar maple here. Obviously from the size of the tree, this must be a shoot of the original tree, given new life.
This totem pole is on the grounds, dating back to 1946. It was carved for the Governor General of the time, Viscount Alexander, by a First Nations artist.
The inukshuk is nearby, dating back to a more recent Governor General, Romeo LeBlanc, in 1997.
A gatehouse can be found here.
And in summer when I took these shots, the Ceremonial Guard is on hand manning the gates. I hope you have enjoyed this look at Rideau Hall.