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Government House, constructed in 1828, was built as the official residence of the lieutenant governor and governor of the province of locally quarried sandstone in a rigorously classical style. It features a Palladian symmetry and intricate plasterwork. During various periods of time it housed a school, a military hospital, and a detachment of Mounties; spared from the wrecking ball, the home was restored and reopened in 1999, and is now once again the official residence of the lieutenant governor, who has an apartment on the third floor and an office on the second floor. Bilingual tours begin in the basement interpretive center and last about 45 minutes. You hike sweeping staircases and view extraordinarily high-ceilinged reception rooms; there's an art gallery on the second floor, and the rooms are full of intriguing period pieces and fixtures. Ask the helpful guides anything.