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Earnscliffe, Official Residence of the British High Commissionerin-person Doors Open Ottawa

  • In-person
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
Earnscliffe, Official Residence of the British High Commissioner

Earnscliffe, the home of British High Commissioners in Ottawa since 1930, is a handsome Victorian Gothic house, built of local grey limestone. lt was the home of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister. The Canadian government considered buying it as the official Prime Minister’s residence but it was turned into the British High Commissioner’s residence instead. Pre-registration required.

Contact info

140 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario



Year built: 1855-57
Building type:Historical landmarkHistorical housePrivate residence
Architect: John MacKinnon
Architectural style:Gothic revivalVictorian

Dates/hours open

Jun 03, 10:00am - Jun 03, 04:00pm

Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.