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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Message from Her Majesty The Queen on the Wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta

“Prince Philip and I were shocked and saddened by the news of the wildfires that are causing such devastation to Fort McMurray. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected, and we send our heartfelt thanks to the firefighters and the other emergency workers.” Elizabeth R The message can be viewed here:
Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Queen’s 90th Birthday – The Public is Invited to Sign a Book of Congratulations at Government House

Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant and Mrs. Joan Grant extend congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of her 90th Birthday on April 21st, 2016. From April 21 until June 15, 2016 members of the public are invited to sign the congratulatory message book available at Government House, 1451 Barrington St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily including weekends. The book will then be sent to Her Majesty from the people of Nova Scotia.
Friday, April 15, 2016

2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines

The call for submissions for this year’s award was announced today by Government House, Halifax. The award, established by His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia in 2014, recognizes the outstanding quality of locally sourced and produced wines, and honours the commitment and craft of those in Nova Scotia’s wine industry. The administrative process for the award is conducted in conjunction with the Winery Association of Nova Scotia and Taste of Nova Scotia. These two organizations will contact their member wineries to...
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

EVENINGS @ GOVERNMENT HOUSE – 19 April 2016 – Featuring a talk by Chief Petty Officer First Class (Ret’d) David Porter

To mark The Queen’s 90th Birthday, Chief Petty Officer First Class David Porter, CD (Retired) will give a talk on the Royal Canadian Navy’s participation in the Fleet Review at Spithead celebrating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953. To register, please call 902-424-7001 or go to:
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Change in Evenings @ Government House Presentations

Due to several unforeseen circumstances, the original line-up for the Winter 2016 Season of Evenings @ Government House has been adjusted. The changes are as follows: 1. Chief Petty Officer First Class (Ret’d) David Porter will now give his presentation on his participation in the Coronation Fleet Review at Spithead on Tuesday, 19 April 2016. 2. The presentation by World and Olympic Snowboarder Alex Duckworth is postponed to a future date and there will be no presentation on 3 May 2016. 3. Pre-eminent naval historian Dr. Marc Milner will now give his presentation on the Battle of the Atlantic...
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tartan Day at Government House - Wednesday, April 6th at 11:00 am

Their Honours, Brigadier-General the Honourable J.J. Grant and Mrs Joan Grant extend an invitation to the public to join them at Government House to celebrate Tartan Day on Wednesday, April 6th at 11:00 am. Proclaimed in Nova Scotia in 1987, Tartan Day is recognized across the country as a day to celebrate Canada’s Scottish Heritage. This special event will include a demonstration of Highland dancing, music and more. Refreshments to follow. Seating is limited, and guests are requested to register in advance by emailing or calling 902-424-7001.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 3 May 2016 Evenings @ Government House event featuring Nova Scotian Olympic snowboarder Alex Duckworth is postponed. It is our intention to reschedule this presentation by Alex at some point in 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience this postponement has created. Please standby for information on a replacement presentation for 3 May 2016.
Monday, March 28, 2016


The Halifax Music Co-op's Vesuvius Chamber Choir and Orchestra sends it soloist from its cross-province concert tour of Handel's Messiah along with Music Director John Bogardus and Guest Musician John Overton to Government House to perform solo selections from the Messiah. In addition, movements from Beethoven's monumental Kreutzer Sonata will be performed. The evening will include a brief summary presentation of the tour and the food accessibility work done by the Halifax Music Co-op, Brunswick Street Mission, and Holy Trinity Anglican Church Yarmouth surrounding this year's Messiah...
Monday, March 14, 2016

Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth

Wherever we live in the Commonwealth, we can always benefit from being open to the ideas and encouragement of those around us. Each of us can also make a positive difference in the lives of others by being willing to contribute and offer support. This is an essential ingredient of belonging to the Commonwealth: the willingness to share, to exchange and to act for the common good. By including others, drawing on collective insights, knowledge and resources, and thinking and working together, we lay the foundations of a harmonious and progressive society. The greater the diversity of those...
Wednesday, March 9, 2016


In the days leading to Easter and returning by popular demand, Neville MacKay, President and Owner/Designer of My Mother’s Bloomers will give a demonstration on Flower Arranging at Government House on Tuesday, 22 March 2016. Doors open at 6:30pm with the presentation commencing at 7:00pm. This is a very popular event and seating is limited to 90. Registration is now open by calling 902-424-7001 or visit the Evenings @ Government House section on this website: