A Symbolic Gesture of Remembrance: The First Poppy Presentation

The presentation of the first poppy to the Lieutenant Governor marks the start of the annual Poppy Campaign, in support of veterans and their families. Learn more about the history and relevance of this ceremony.

The C50 Film Club

In support of Commemorate 50, check out a selection of moving documentaries about the histories of the LGBTQ2S+ communities in Canada

The Heraldic Traditions of British Columbia

To mark the visit of the Governor General, her heraldic shield has been installed at Government House, part of a long tradition of heraldry in the province

Government House Upgrades and Updates

Jerymy Brownridge, Private Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, and Executive Director of Government House, is pleased to share a report of upgrades and maintenance done to Government House

Coming Together to Commemorate 50

We’re excited to be working with members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community to create a visual timeline focused on significant dates, events and figures of the past 50 years as part of our Commemorate 50 project

Join Us for the Government House Foundation Annual Gala Ball

A highlight of the Government House Foundation’s initiatives and a major fundraiser in support of the Priority Programs of the Lieutenant Governor is the annual black-tie Gala Ball, held at Government House

Creative Expression: Announcing the Democracy & Me Art Contest

Democracy & Me, a contest for students in British Columbia to inspire to get young people thinking about the importance of community and democracy through a creative lens, has now launched

Ready Aye Ready: Sailing with the Royal Canadian Navy

I’m excited to share that I will be joining the Royal Canadian Navy to sail on the HMCS Calgary from Prince Rupert to Alert Bay.

Canada’s Vice Regal Family

Meet the members of Canada’s Vice Regal family, who represent The Queen in each province and territory

Celebrating 50: Marking a Milestone in the Road to 2SLGBTQ+ Equality

I’m pleased to announce the Celebrating 50 project, an initiative highlighting the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada, a historic milestone in the journey to equal rights for 2SLGBTQ+ Canadians

A Guide to the Gardens of Government House

Government House has 36 acres of manicured gardens, sprawling lawns and native woodlands to explore. Learn more about the unique gardens that make up the Estate of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

The Artistic Legacy of BC’s First Indigenous Lieutenant Governor

The pole Hosaqami greets all visitors to Government House. Carved by Chief Tony Hunt, with help from the Honourable Steven Point, it’s an iconic sight. But did you know this is the second Hosaqami?

Sustainability, Friendship and Big Inspiration: Students on the TSL Experience

At the Trust for Sustainable Living Schools Essay Competition and Debates, students discuss sustainability, new friendships and big inspiration

On Democracy, Reconciliation, Diversity and Inclusion: Introducing My Three Key Themes

Every Lieutenant Governor outlines themes to guide their term in office. Learn more about the Honourable Janet Austin’s three key themes

Adventures in Cheesemaking at Government House

The menu at Government House just got even more local, with a line of small batch cheeses made in-house by sous chef Vincent Capitano

The International Friends of Government House

You don’t have to be a local to volunteer at Government House! Meet Everett Hyman, a Texan who found himself working the rose gardens on his summer vacation

First Annual Report of MacDuff Austin-Chester, Vice Regal Canine Consort

MacDuff, the Vice Regal Canine Consort, is pleased to share his official report of his first year (and a bit) in office

A Lieutenant Governor’s Legacy: Sustainability and Youth Engagement

The Honourable Judith Guichon returns to Government House to help carry on the legacy of her Stewards of the Future program

Welcoming the World to Government House

Government House is excited to welcome students from all over the world to Victoria for the ninth annual Trust for Sustainable Living International Schools Essay Competition and Debates

Voices of Young British Columbians Needed for LG Youth Advisory Council

Are you interested in supporting the work of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia? The Honourable Janet Austin is launching the LG Youth Advisory Council, a voice for the youth of British Columbia

Music on the Lawn

Join us for three nights of live music throughout July at the Government House band shell

The LG Report: Winter/Spring 2019

Highlights of the Lieutenant Governor’s calendar and initiatives throughout winter and spring 2019

Lieutenant Governor to visit Prince George

On Friday, April 12, 2019, the Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will commence her first official visit to Prince George

Consul General of Vietnam

As Her Majesty’s direct representative in the province, the Lieutenant Governor acts as the vice-regal host for diplomatic guests to British Columbia, including ambassadors and consuls general

Ambassador of Japan to Canada

As Her Majesty’s direct representative in the province, the Lieutenant Governor acts as the vice-regal host for diplomatic guests to British Columbia, including ambassadors and consuls general

Ambassador of Mongolia to Canada

As Her Majesty’s direct representative in the province, the Lieutenant Governor acts as the vice-regal host for diplomatic guests to British Columbia, including ambassadors and consuls general

Announcing the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation

Eligibility for the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for post-secondary students has been expanded to recognize those with outstanding contributions in support of inclusion, democracy or reconciliation

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Activity Report, October-December 2018

Highlights of the Lieutenant Governor’s calendar and initiatives throughout October to December 2018

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Activity Report, July-September 2018

Highlights of the Lieutenant Governor’s calendar and initiatives throughout July to September, 2018

Apply for the 2019 Stewards of the Future Session

The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, supported by the Government House Foundation, has launched the fifth year of Stewards of the Future, a program to promote stewardship and environmental awareness among youth

Her Honour’s Audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, met with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, at Buckingham Palace in London

Lieutenant Governor to be presented with the first poppy of the Royal Canadian Legion’s 2018 Poppy Campaign

Media are invited to join the Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, as she is presented with the first poppy of the Royal Canadian Legion B.C./Yukon Command’s 2018 poppy campaign

The Order of British Columbia Investiture Ceremony

Fourteen exceptional British Columbians will be appointed to the Order of British Columbia, the Province’s highest form of recognition, in a special ceremony at Government House

Her Honour’s B.C. Book Club

Reading recommendations from the Honourable Janet Austin

Opening of the 2018 Union of B.C. Municipalities Conference

Her Honour’s opening remarks from the 2018 Union of B.C. Municipalities Conference

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

On Thursday, September 6, 2018, the Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will present the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to 40 recipients at Government House, the ceremonial home of all British Columbians

The British Columbia Wildfires
This summer wildfires burning in British Columbia have had far reaching impact through the province. With nearly 600 fires burning as far south as Vancouver Island to the northern reaches of the province around Telegraph Creek, it would not be...
The 2018 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards

Learn more about the 2018 judges for the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Activity Report, April-June 2018

Highlights of the Lieutenant Governor’s calendar and initiatives throughout April to June, 2018

Lieutenant Governor to present Sing Me A Song award to The Gardens Choir in Qualicum Beach

The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will present The Gardens Choir in Qualicum Beach with their award for winning the open category for this year’s Sing Me A Song program

Lieutenant Governor to present Sing Me A Song award to Fraser Valley Children’s Chorus in Yarrow

The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will present the Cantabile Choir of the Fraser Valley Children’s Chorus in Yarrow (Chilliwack) with their award for winning the Under 18 category for this year’s Sing Me A Song program

Lieutenant Governor to present Sing Me A Song award to Campus View Elementary School in Victoria

The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will present the Campus View Elementary in Victoria with their award for winning the Under 11 category for this year’s Sing Me A Song program

Installation of the 30th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
The Honourable Janet Austin, OBC, has been installed as British Columbia’s 30th Lieutenant Governor  on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The formal ceremony took place in the legislative chamber, beginning at 2 p.m. The Lieutenant Governor took the Oath of Allegiance...
A Farewell Message from the Honourable Judith Guichon, 29th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

A farewell message from the Honourable Judith Guichon upon the completion of her mandate as Lieutenant Governor

The Honourable Judith Guichon welcomes Lieutenant Governor-designate Janet Austin

The Honourable Judith Guichon has offered her congratulations to Ms. Janet Austin O.B.C, on the announcement of her appointment to be the 30th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

Donations Accepted!

Do you have something you’re looking to let go, that might fit in at Government House? Find out more about the House’s donation policy for artwork, furniture, housewares and more