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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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Steeped in tradition

The Changing of the Guard Ceremony is a parade representing the changing of the guards/sentries posted at Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Canadian monarch when in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The Changing of the Guard Ceremony is a parade representing the changing of the guards/sentries posted at Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Canadian monarch when in Ottawa, and her representative, the Governor General, in her absence. This is carried out on the lawn in front of the Parliament building's Center Block. Very impressive ceremony performed by mostly Army... More 

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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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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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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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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 via mobile

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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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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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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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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