Tour the restored home and gardens of historic Bellevue House knowing that seeds were planted here for the birth of a country. Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and his family made Bellevue House their home from 1848 to 1849. Wander through the family’s preserved kitchen garden, bite into an heirloom apple, and watch costumed gardeners wielding scythes to cut the lawn in the method of the 1840s.

Featured things to do

Whisky tasting event

A whisky expert will guide your senses through whisky tasting and food pairings while you learn about the history of whisky making.

Bellevue House Xplorers program

Spice up your family visit to Bellevue House National Historic Site with the new Parks Canada's Xplorers program. Explore this amazing site, the home of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.

Acquaint your family with 1840s Canadian history on a guided tour of Bellevue House.

A tour of Bellevue House intrigues on multiple fronts, from its playful Italianate design features to its place in Canadian history as a former home of Canada’s popular first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa and the lockage permit

Your free pass to discovery

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at Parks Canada’s historic canals.

Get your free 2017 seasonal lockage permit

Canada 150

Hours of operation

Closed in winter
Complete schedule
Open all year round for school groups upon reservation.


Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 613-545-8666
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888
Fax: 613-545-872