During Winterlude we paid a visit to Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They offer tours here daily and all you need to do is call and make a reservation. The tours are free, available in English or French and lasts roughly one hour. Free street parking is available on MacKay St. Photography is permitted and there is a security clearance check that you need to go through before entering the premise.
Rideau Hall is where the each governor general resides since 1867. The property is very large (79 acres) considering the building itself doesn't even take up 10%. What does the governor general do? Well, I didn't know either, but they are the representative of the Canadian monarch which happens to be Queen Elizabeth II at the time of this post. The governor general is actually selected and the process and requirements are interesting.
I thought it was a neat tour and while it is a bit out of the way if you don't have a car, I feel that it is important to learn a bit about the history of the location and a bit about the Canadian government. I would go through some of the things about the building and the history, but I feel that the tour guide did a very good job and I'd rather not repeat everything that you would learn (then you wouldn't need to go!).
If you are in the area and have some free time, it's a neat and free educational stop. I'm not sure that I would come back, however, I was told that they have a skating rink there which we missed while there, not that we would have gone since it was really cold.
Come back next Friday for another Past Point of Interest!