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Changing of the Guard

East Lawn, Rideau Hall | Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada (Byward Market Area)
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Ranked #10 of 102 Attractions in Ottawa
Type: Performances, Cultural
Owner description: Formal ceremony taking place daily during the summer on Parliament Hill that shouldn't be missed.
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Type: Performances, Cultural
Owner description: Formal ceremony taking place daily during the summer on Parliament Hill that shouldn't be missed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

If you like to watch soldiers marching with ur kids this is something to see. Summer months are agood time too see them performing. The kids will love it. You'll won't be sorry!

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Ellenville, New York
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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Being from the USA I've been to the tomb of the unknown soldier. I've seen our changing of the guards to I was expecting to see something equally as moving. It was ok but seemed less structured(?) I guess. Almost as if these were actors and not real soldiers. I mean no disrespect it's just how it appeared.

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Ottawa
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a fun activity that is full of pomp and pageantry. Only available in the summer months. It's free and adults and kids of all ages enjoy watching the changing of the Guards. Be sure to get there early so you have a good view at the barriers around the procession.

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Howell, New Jersey
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20 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The changing of the guard starts with a bagpipe in the distance. As they get closer, the music gets louder. A very nice ceremony as the guards change.

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Petawawa, Canada
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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I was there one week after the shooting of Cpl Nathan Cirrilo. Got to see the change of the guard, lots of security around which was nice to see.

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Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Having spent many on and off years in the Ottawa area seeing the "CHANGING OF THE GUARD" several times it is nothing new to me.My wife on the other hand would be very impressed with the Pomp and Pageantry of the event.We were there in lots of time for the parade.The area seemed quieter than usual.I approach an RCMP officer... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I grew up in London and would often go to Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guard. Its a wonderful pageant to watch . Full of history and significance, not to mention colour .

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Belcourt, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

THe changing of the guards is fun to Watch. There's a great background orchestra, an interesting formation, a symbolic parade, and bag pipes. I don't usually like bag pipes, but it was fitting.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Precision marching and great music. Loved seeing the show. It is a lengthy presentation, so make sure you have a comfortable seat.

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Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

this event happened every day on the hour. We spoke to the guard who informed us that this was special for this anniversary year and was brilliant to watch.

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