Stepping out of the room I left off with yesterday brings us into the Ballroom. It's used for official occasions, including the swearing in of new governments. It is dominated by the chandelier- a gift from the United Kingdom after the Second World War and which contains thousands of crystals- and a large portrait of Queen Elizabeth.
On the opposite wall from the Queen, art is regularly displayed. The guide mentioned that this cluster of art is by five different First Nations artists, including Norval Morrisseau and Alex Janvier.
Moving beyond takes us into the front entrance hall, where a conventional tour would have started. Official portraits of every Canadian Governor-General since 1952 are collected here. The current Governor-General's portrait will be added to this collection when his term ends; he'll be staying on through 2017.
If not for the work going on outside, an exit would have been made outside the front doors. Instead we were taken on a bit of a roundabout way down through the basement level out to where we began. I noticed portraits of the spouses of various governor-generals as I walked through.