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 dusk throughout the year and the House as the center of ceremonies, receptions and diplomatic meetings.
Music on the Lawn
In 2020, due to COVID-19, and in compliance with the Order of the Provincial Health Officer on Mass Gatherings, which limits all public gatherings larger than 50 people, there will be no Music on the Lawn concerts this year.
For three nights in July, Government House invites music lovers to the band shell on the east lawn for live music and dancing. Previous acts have brought classic rock, big band, blues and swing tunes to the delight of nearly 2000 attendees.
New Year’s Day Levée
On January 1st, the Lieutenant Governor opens the doors to Government House for the annual New Year’s Day Levée. Her Honour greets the public and visitors have an opportunity to enjoy light refreshments and music such as the Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums. The New Year’s Day Levée has been a tradition among Vice Regal houses since British Columbia entered Confederation in 1871.
Government House takes on a spooky vibe for Hallowe’en, inviting trick-or-treaters to step inside for candy and refreshments.