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Changing of the Guard

Address: East Lawn, Rideau Hall | Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada (Byward Market Area)
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Ranked #9 of 134 Activities in Ottawa
Type: Performances, Theater & Concerts
Owner description: Formal ceremony taking place daily during the summer on Parliament Hill that shouldn't be missed.
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Type: Performances, Theater & Concerts
Owner description: Formal ceremony taking place daily during the summer on Parliament Hill that shouldn't be missed.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Great parade! Fun to see them march. Go a bit early for a good seat. You can watch anywhere from Laurier to the Parliament. Easier to get a good seat for a shorter view along Elgin, but to see more of the show, you have to go to Parliament Hill.

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Ottawa, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is an impressive attraction for children . Costumed guards move absolutely not, impress them. When making the shift change, you can see their routine movements.

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Ottawa, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I enjoyed watching the ceremony and traditions. Definitely something to do if you haven't seen it yet.

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Lincoln, Rhode Island
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We "tried" to watch the changing of the guards in London and it was a horrible experience. Most of the ceremony happens behind the palace gates that people climb or shove past you to see. This on the other hand, was done on the spacious grounds in front of parliament, and, although crowded when we went, there was plenty of... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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29 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

It was interesting to see the changing of the guard with friends from out of town but not something I will do again.

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Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
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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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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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