Events at Government House

Government House welcomes the public for tours and special events, including traditional Christmas Tea and a New Year’s Day Levee.

Public tours

Between February 18 and November 25, 2018, visitors can view the house’s historic architectural details, numerous original artifacts and furnishings, and an extensive historical art collection.

Join us until November 25 for a free 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.

Royal Wedding Tea

On Sunday, May 13, 2018, this sold out event saw royal wedding fans gather at Government House for a special spring tea.

Guests were served traditional afternoon tea in the main dining room while celebrating the upcoming wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle.

View the Royal Wedding Tea 2018 Photo Album. (PDF, 1.38 MB)

A long tradition of royal visits

Since 1919, Government House has received a number of royal visitors. These include His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales (1919), Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (1978, 2005), and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness Diana, Princess of Wales (1983).

New Year’s Day Levee

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

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