historic building in Halifax, NS

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

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 the 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
Government House, Halifax, NS
Winter decorations at government house - christmas wreath
Christmas wreath, New Year’s Day Levee

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

Lieutenant governor residence hosts a reception on New Year’s Day. The general public is welcomed to visit the government house and shake hands with the 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
Guard in bright red highlander uniform with bearskin cap
Guard in bright red highlander uniform with bearskin cap

 

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 the 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 a couple of inches of snow.

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

Bagpiper playing before the opening

Beautiful wrought iron fence of the government house

Guard in a highlander uniform
Guard in a highlander uniform
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 the government house in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Scottish bagpiper performing in snow
Scottish bagpiper performing in the 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 a winter snow squall
winter street scene near government house
winter street scene near the 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
The beautifully 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

   28.05.2020 by FPImages

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