Costume Museum

Costume Museum The newly expanded Costume Museum is located in the Carriage House and showcases a large variety of period pieces. From former Lieutenant Governors’ uniforms and Chatelaines’ dresses to an original butler’s uniform, the Museum takes visitors on a...

Tea Room

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Friends of the Government House Gardens Society

Friends of the Government House Gardens Society What was originally a small group of dedicated volunteers in the early 1990s, has evolved into The Friends of the Government House Gardens Society (The Friends). With a membership of over 400, approximately half the...

Garden History

Garden History History of the Government House Gardens The Government House gardens were originally designed in 1911 by G.K. Maclean, a landscape architect from Vancouver. Following the 1957 fire Robert Savery, a British-born and educated landscape architect, updated the design...

Highlights

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Individual Gardens

Individual Gardens British Columbia Native Plant Garden The British Columbia Native Plant Garden lies on the centre island of the parking lot adjacent to the Cary Castle Mews. This garden features plants of British Columbia from the University of British...

Interactive Map

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History of the Lieutenant Governor

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History of Government House

History of Government House Located on the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, Government House is the office and official residence of the Lieutenant Governor and the ceremonial home of all British Columbians. The Lieutenant Governor also...

Exhibits

Current Exhibit - Places of British Columbia Works on loan courtesy of the Salish Weave Collection http://salishweave.com Spirit of Taku Susan Point, 2004 The Taku River runs from British Columbia to the northwestern coast of North America, at Juneau, Alaska....

Cary Castle Mews & Tea Room

Cary Castle Mews and Tea Room Rudi's Tea Room Rudi's Tea Room is now closed. For 2019 reservations, please contact us once the Tea Room reopens on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Thank you for a wonderful 2018 Season! See you...

Tours

Tours Visit Government House for a tour of the ceremonial home of all British Columbians. Volunteer tour guides outline the role and responsibilities of the Lieutenant Governor and share the fascinating history of this National Historic Site. Tours of the...

School Tours

School Tours Tours are conducted for students in provincially-accredited schools as an enhancement to their social studies curriculum. On the tour, students will learn about both the role of the Lieutenant Governor and Government House. Teachers are encouraged to use...

Interiors

Interiors Ballroom The Ballroom is the architectural centrepiece of Government House. Three Swiss crystal chandeliers hang from the centre of the room with crystal sconces decorating the walls. The balcony at the back of the room features breathtaking views of...

Group Tours

Group Tours Tours of Government House are available to non-profit groups and organizations interested in the history of Government House and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Groups must have a minimum of 15 people to book a tour. Tours...

Art Collection

Government House Art Collection The origins of the Government House Art Collection can be traced to a community initiative following the rebuilding of the House after the disastrous fire of 1957. Then Lieutenant Governor Frank Mackenzie Ross initiated the collection...

Getting Here

Getting Here Government House is located in the heart of the Rockland neighbourhood in Victoria, British Columbia, on the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations.Government House is located at 1401 Rockland Avenue in Victoria, British Columbia. It...