Welcome the arrival of 2023 at the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario‘s New Year’s Levee, hosted by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, this New Year’s Day! Families can visit Lieutenant Governor’s Suite as Queen’s Park opens its doors to the public for the special event. Furthermore, admission is free and there is no need to RSVP.
The New Year’s Levee offers a unique and exciting opportunity for families to meet His Majesty’s representative in Ontario. Guests learn about the Lieutenant Governor’s many roles and responsibilities, engage with their fellow citizens and enjoy local entertainment, including a magician, holiday treats, live music and fun for the whole family.
Visitors should plan on taking public transit as the Legislative Building is located close to the Queen’s Park and Museum subway stations. It is also convenient to the University Avenue and College Street stop on the 506 Carlton streetcar line. There is no parking at Queen’s Park but paid parking may be available nearby at the University of Toronto “Green P” parking lot.
Before entering the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, visitors pass through the Visitor Entrance and go through airport-style security and screening. Furthermore, organizers kindly discourage visitors from bringing gifts. For more information on the Visitor Entrance and security, click here.
Please also note that photos taken during the New Year’s Levee will be posted online a few days following the event.
History of the New Year’s Levee
This annual event is a Canadian tradition with military origins in France. The word Levée is derived from the French verb lever, meaning “to rise”. The first levee held in Canada was on New Year’s Day in 1646 by the Governor of New France, Charles Huault de Montmagny. While it began as a way for the Crown’s representative to meet with various Canadian Forces units and later those involved in the fur trade, it has evolved into a popular public event attended by citizens from all walks of life. For over 350 years, the purpose for New Year’s Levee has remained the same: to begin the new year in a festive setting with Canada’s vice-regal representatives.
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s New Year’s Levee
When: January 1, 2023
Where: The Lieutenant Governor’s Suite, Queen’s Park (south entrance), 111 Wellesley Street West, Toronto
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