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Government House

Today a significant historic site, Government House opened in 1913 as the official residence of Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor.

An archive aerial view of Government House.

Venue background

Government House is the former vice-regal residence to the province’s first 6 Lieutenant Governors. Closed as a vice-regal residence in 1938, with the building serving in various roles over the next 40 years. After an extensive restoration and partial modernization project in the mid-1970s, Government House was re-opened as a government conference centre in 1976. It was declared a Provincial Historic Resource in 1985, and a National Historic Site in 2013.

Today, this provincial and national historic site is used primarily for hosting government, vice-regal and state functions. It also welcomes the public for free guided tours and special events, including traditional teas and the popular New Year’s Day Levee hosted by the Lieutenant Governor. The current Lieutenant Governor of Alberta is Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani. Salma Lakhani was installed as Alberta’s 19th Lieutenant Governor on August 26, 2020.

Find office contact information and details on the role and activities of the Lieutenant Governor, in addition to up-to-date details on events Her Honour is scheduled to host.

Visitor highlights

Visitors to Government House can view historic architectural details, original artifacts and furnishings dating from its time as a vice-regal residence (1913 to 1938), and an extensive art collection showcasing historic and contemporary Canadian artists.

Find out how to plan your visit

Private functions

Government House is a provincial government conference facility, closed to the public for all private events. Government House is used for state and government functions only. Registered non-profit organizations can reserve space inside Government House with approvals in place.

Even though Government House is closed as a facility to public use, the grounds surrounding Government House are open to the public for uses such as wedding or graduation photos.

  • Photos are best taken on the south-side of Government House and the gardens.

Set-up of equipment such as tents, chairs, and such. for any event is strictly prohibited unless approvals have been granted by Alberta Infrastructure ahead of time. Contact Infrastructure via email: [email protected].

Acceptable uses of the grounds of Government House are permitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Activities and events

Government House is open for public tours starting May 8, 2022.

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