Today a significant historic site, Government House opened in 1913 as the official residence of Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor.
A former vice-regal residence
The province’s first six Lieutenant Governors made this elegant Jacobean Revival style mansion their home. Closed as a vice-regal residence in 1938, the building served 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 significant 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.
Visitors can view Government House’s 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.
Government House is used for state and government functions, and meetings held by not-for-profit organizations. It is not available for private events such as weddings.
Wedding photos may be taken on the south side of Government House and in the gardens. Bookings are not required. As such, groups taking photos are expected to use the grounds on a first-come, first-served basis.