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Changing of the Guard

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Address: East Lawn, Rideau Hall | Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada
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Description: Formal ceremony taking place daily during the summer on Parliament Hill...
Formal ceremony taking place daily during the summer on Parliament Hill that shouldn't be missed.
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Very formal. Actually begins around 9:30 at the Drill Hall. The Band leads the march to the Parliament parade grounds. A formal changing of the guard takes place at 10:00 a.m... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Very formal. Actually begins around 9:30 at the Drill Hall. The Band leads the march to the Parliament parade grounds. A formal changing of the guard takes place at 10:00 a.m. There is an extremely good video on U-Tube. The formality matches that of the changing of the guard at Windsor Palace. Truly an event not to be missed. Plan... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Great ceremony that lasts about 30 to 45 minutes. Kids loved the parade and the two bands that played. One was a pipe band, the other a brass band. Very entertaining for the family and to see this performance by our nations military with the Parliament buildings in the background certainly made me proud!

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Dublin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Very interesting and colorful ceremony in front of parliament building. It was a nice start of the nice day in Ottawa. At night, it will be a light show at the same location. We will be there for sure!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

An outstanding display of our military history and heritage. Even though it was exceptionally warm with temps hovering around 30 degrees, the pageantry and precision of this historic re-enactment was near perfect. I have the greatest respect for these fine Canadian soldiers who didn't let the heat get to them whatsoever. I highly recommend this ceremony to anybody who is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We made sure to arrive a little before the ceremony started to get a good spot. It was very nice to see this ceremony and it reminded us of the changing of the guard ceremonies in London, UK. Our preschooler liked the music and marching but got a little bored watching the entire ceremony. It did make a good impression... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Definitely worth seeing. A lovely setting with the Parliament building in the background. Get there around 9.30 am to ensure a good spot.

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Gloversville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

great time to get pictures is before and after the changing of the guard. they can not move till then and when they walk their post

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Fredericton, NB, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Formal, relatively short ceremony (30- 45 mins). Very well done. Its good to arrive a little early and get a good viewpoint. We were there at 930 and were able to stand right at the rope on the Peace Tower walkway. Free to enjoy. Explored the around Parliament Hill and area immediately after.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Glad we watched. it was about 45mins in all. the marching was great, but the whole event seemed drawn out.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

There is something about changing of the guard that is quite appealing, whether it is the flawless execution by the soldiers, their imposing uniforms, or the majestic parliament environs. I have seen the change of guard at the citadel in Quebec City and the one in Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and quite frankly find them both really cool. Make sure... More 

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