November 29, 2000
Over the years the various residents have added to it, and today it is a palatial home that exhibits a regal spendour. The Royal coat of arms over the front entrance is the largest in the world, and through the main doors guided tours will wisk visitors past the grand Ball Room, the Reception Room, The Tent Room (where decoration and award ceremonies take place) and the Ambassador's Room (where new ambassadors to Canada are sworn in. The 88 acres of gardens, woods and fountains that surround the estate can also be toured by visitors.
Perhaps the neatest thing I saw there though, was the changing of the guard that happened exactly the way I saw it in London. The whole place reminds visitors of Canada's everpresent but quiet connection with Britain.
From journal A Capital City