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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 #16 of 136 attractions in Ottawa
Type: Performances
Description: Formal ceremony taking place daily during the summer on Parliament Hill that shouldn't be missed.
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Stittsville, Canada
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100 reviews 100 reviews
25 attraction reviews
335 helpful votes 335 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This show never gets old. We took relatives from Europe to see this and they were amazed at the show. As residents, we forget how much there is to do and see in our unique little town of Ottawa

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Sudbury, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

very pretty to see this..the red black so amazing..music was nice..lot of people tho hard to get to the front to see peacefully.

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Ottawa, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

Perfect place yo take the family when visiting Ottawa. Watch the changing of the guards the hit the hill and key the kids run arround to burn off all that excess energy!!

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Adrian, Michigan
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339 attraction reviews
312 helpful votes 312 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This was a great ceremony to witness. I had never seen such an event before and that made the pageantry and symbolism highly significant. This is definitely worth seeing if you have the chance.

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Ottawa, ON Canada
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13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

My office looks over Elgin street so I get to see the Guard every day during the summer. They march by on their way to the Hill just before 10 and return about 1040 or so. At least once during the summer I take an extended coffee break and go over to the Hill to see the Guard do their... More

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Halifax, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

The changing of the guard is the perfect thing to see if you appreciate history or enjoy a new cultural experience! Arriving early is key if you would want to secure a good spot as many people come to see this. ( My Friend and I were even given special clearance to sit on the lawn because we became friends... More

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Toronto
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90 reviews 90 reviews
38 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Nice to see once, while you are in Ottawa. Good to take out of towners to to show off a little Canadiana. A+ to the mounties ;)

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Barbeau, Michigan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We had a really good spot for observing the Changing of the Guard. It was fun to watch, and the music was done really well.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

As a former member of the Governor General Foot Guards I can state that the changing of the guard is a very spectacular ceremony that will hold ones attention during the entire ceremony. When in Ottawa make sure visit the Parliament buildings and watch the changing of the guards.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

What isn't there to like? I also got to see a few guards that switched go home with their girlfriends. It's probably one of the greatest things you can show a kid. I'm not a kid and I enjoyed it.

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