Public tours

Government House is now closed for tours and will reopen on February 19, 2019.

Starting on Februrary 19, 2019, visitors can view Government House’s historic architectural details, numerous original artifacts and furnishings, and an extensive historical art collection.

About the Government House tour:

  • all tours are free
  • visiting hours are from 11 am–4 pm
  • tours are offered on Sundays and holiday Mondays
  • no tours June 17 and July 1 (please visit the Alberta Legislature for activities)
  • no appointments are necessary
  • tours generally begin on the hour and the half hour, and last 30–45 minutes

View more information on planning your visit.

Christmas Tea

Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 2 to 4 pm

Back by popular demand, Government House is hosting its annual Christmas Tea. Please join us for an afternoon of light refreshments, entertainment, guided tours and seasonal cheer in this elegant historic mansion.

Join us for a longstanding tradition

From 1913 through 1938, Government House was a centre of social life in Alberta. The Lieutenant Governor and his wife, the châtelaine of the house, were renowned for their gracious hospitality. From a January 16, 1914 Edmonton Journal article:

“The tea table in the handsome Georgian dining room was set out with a Cluny lace centerpiece and doilies, broad streamers of pink moiré ribbon running diagonally across the table, and centred with a tall, silver candelabra shaded in pink and baskets of pink roses and white hyacinths at either end.”

Event tickets

  • $50 per person
  • includes GST
  • cash or cheque only
  • cheques payable to "Government of Alberta"

Seating is limited, so order your tickets in advance.

To buy tickets by phone, call 780-427-2281

To buy tickets in person:

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 2 pm (call first to arrange for ticket pick up)
Government House
12845 102 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta

Updates on future tea events

To sign up for updates on future teas at Government House, email:

New Year’s Day Levee

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Each year, the Lieutenant Governor and spouse host the popular New Year’s Day Levee at Government House.

The levee is a tradition in Canada dating back to the 1600s. It’s based on an older tradition in Europe that saw subjects visit the monarch to pay their respects and pledge allegiance. Today, the Levee at Government House is a chance for Albertans of all ages to meet the Queen’s representative in a relaxed social setting.

Levee guests can enjoy light refreshments, tour Government House, send a postcard to Canadian troops serving overseas, and join in celebrating the start of a new year.

The event is free of charge and advance booking isn’t required.

For details about the Levee event, contact 780-427-7243.

Contact us

Phone: 780-427-2281

Location and visiting hours