Visiting Lieutenant governor residence is a rare opportunity to see Halifax’s famous landmark

Lieutenant governor residence

Government House, Halifax, NS

Halifax, NS, Canada
Latitude: 44.6433, Longtitude: -63.5717
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Lieutenant governor residence in Halifax, Nova Scotia is also known as Government house. It is an official residence of the Queen’s representative in this province of Canada. The role of lieutenant governor these days is mostly ceremonial and symbolic. The government house hosts receptions for Royal visitors and other high-ranking government officials.

Lieutenant governor residence is usually closed to the visitors, however there are several times per year when government house opens its doors for general public. You can learn more about these events online at official Nova Scotia Lieutenant governor site.

Winter decorations at government house - christmas wreath
Christmas wreath, New Year’s Day Levee

Lieutenant governor residence hosts a reception on New Year’s Day. General public is welcomed to visit the government house and shake hands with lieutenant governor. There is live music and some refreshments are served. During this visit people can see grand Victorian interiors of this famous landmark with beautiful furniture pieces, spiral staircases and Christmas decorations.

New Year's Day Levee line up to enter government house
Visitors line up in front of the famous residence

 

To plan a trip to New Year’s Day Levee at Halifax government house try to arrive early as there will be a line up. You will enjoy taking photographs with the guards in highlander uniforms and listening to the bagpipe. Also, bear in mind that weather can change quite rapidly in Nova Scotia. The time difference between the first photograph in this series and the last one is only 30 minutes, but in that period of time a sudden snow squall arrived and blanketed everything in couple of inches of snow.

Guard in bright red highlander uniform with bearskin cap
Guard in bright red highlander uniform with bearskin cap
Bagpiper playing before the opening
Bagpiper playing before the opening
Visitors entering the Lieutenant governor residence in Halifax
Visitors entering the Lieutenant governor residence in Halifax
Guard in a highlander uniform
Guard in a highlander uniform

Bagpiper playing before the opening

Guards covered in snow
Guards covered in snow
Snow on a bearskin cap, winter pictures
Snow on a bearskin cap, winter pictures
Heavy snow falling at government house in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Heavy snow falling at government house in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Scottish bagpiper performing in snow
Scottish bagpiper performing in snow
Close up portrait of a bagpipe player in heavy snow
Close up portrait of a bagpipe player in heavy snow
Soldiers standing on guard during winter snow squall
Soldiers standing on guard during winter snow squall

 

winter street scene near government house
winter street scene near government house
Wrought iron detail of the post
Wrought iron detail of the post
snow covered memorial plaque
snow covered memorial plaque
Beautiful wrought iron fence of the government house
Beautiful wrought iron fence of the government house
Backyard view of the Lieutenant governor house in Halifax, winter picture
Backyard view of the Lieutenant governor house in Halifax

Beautiful wrought iron fence of the government house

  03.01.2018 by FPImages

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