Services and information
- Plan your visit
Location, visiting hours, tour highlights and other information about visiting the Government House historic site in Edmonton.
- 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.
- History of the building
From a vice-regal residence to a home for veterans, Alberta Government House has seen many uses over the past 100 years.
These permanent collections record the historical and cultural legacies of both Alberta and this significant historical site.
- Book a meeting space
Request a space in Government House for business meetings or events.
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.