Public tours

COVID-19 response

In light of the outbreak of COVID-19, and the need to limit potential exposure to our guests, tours at Government House are suspended until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience and we look forward to welcoming you back to Government House as soon as possible.

For more information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.

Once tours resume, 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
  • tours are offered on Sundays and holiday Mondays
  • appointments are not necessary
  • tours generally begin on the hour and the half hour, and last 30 to 45 minutes

View more information on planning your visit.

Spring tea

It is with regret that the Protocol Office will need to postpone the Spring Tea scheduled for Sunday, May 10, 2020.

We hope to reschedule and will provide any updates on this site.

Christmas tea

On Sunday, December 1, 2019 Government House hosted its annual Christmas Tea, featuring an afternoon of light refreshments, entertainment, guided tours and seasonal cheer at this event being enjoyed by all.

A Government House 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.”

Updates on future tea events

To sign up for updates on future teas at Government House, email: exc.clientsupport-facilities@gov.ab.ca.

New Year’s Day Levee

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 from 1:30 pm 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

Phone: 780-427-2281

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