Government House Foundation
The Government House Foundation was created to foster the preservation of Government House and its grounds; to enhance its decor, character, maintenance, historical and cultural values; and to provide funding for the Lieutenant Governor’s programs and awards that have a...
Public Events
Public Events at Government House The Lieutenant Governor is also pleased to host several special events open to the public throughout the year on the grounds and inside Government House. The extensive gardens and woodlands are open from dawn to...
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
Rudi's Tea Room Rudi's Team Room Beverage Menu Rudi's Tea Room Menu Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm The Tea Room is located in Butterworth Cottage and offers a chance for visitors to enjoy lunch, tea, pastries and other refreshments. Featuring daily...
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). The Friends operate year round with most...
Gardens
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 of the...
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History of the Lieutenant Governor
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History
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 offers...
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 & Costume Museum
Cary Castle Mews The Cary Castle Mews is a cluster of 19th century wooden service buildings located on the southeast side of the Government House estate. The Mews consists of stables, a carriage house, a gaol, a root cellar, a...
Tours
Public Tours Public tours are one hour in length. Admission is free and no booking is required. Please note that there is a maximum capacity of 100 people per tour so spaces will be allotted on a first come first...
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...
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...
Visit
Government House Government House is the office and official residence of the Lieutenant Governor and the ceremonial home of all British Columbians. The Honourable Janet Austin opens her doors all year to host celebrations, covene thought leaders and offer local...