Rideau Hall in Ottawa held its 2017 Winter Celebration on January 28. Also known as Government House, Rideau Hall is the official residence of Canada’s Governor-General—the official representative of the monarchy in Canada. When parliament passes a bill, the Governor-General, currently His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, signs it into law on behalf of Queen Elizabeth. The Governor-General also performs various ceremonial duties, including presenting special awards and honors to citizens.
The Winter Celebration featured demonstrations of winter sports and cultural activities from Canada and other countries throughout the 79-acre estate. Embassies from many of Canada’s Nordic neighbors and other countries with winter weather had displays and extremely popular free samples of their cuisine. There really was a celebratory mood because a big part of the event focused on Canada’s 150th anniversary too.