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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...
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Changing of the Guard

Excellent attraction. Great pomp and ceremony. Interesting for everyone. Lasting forty minutes. Takes place on the main lawn of Parliament Hill.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Excellent attraction. Great pomp and ceremony. Interesting for everyone. Lasting forty minutes. Takes place on the main lawn of Parliament Hill.

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Florenceville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great tunes by the Ceremonial Guard band and the Highlander pipers. Nice so see an historical event re-enacted.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very interesting and precise. The actual ceremony was short but worth watching. It reminded me of historical facts that I had read in school.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Just wanted to add a bit of info after our trip to Ottawa.... The changing of the guard at Parliament begins in Late June. Go anyway the buildings and grounds are stunning. You can see a changing of the guard (without the red coats and furry hats, sorry not well versed in British heritage & culture) at the War Memorial... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

by fluke we ended up seeing the changing of the guard, and so glad we did. Its a must I would recommend to anyone visiting Ottawa.

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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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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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Address: Address: East Lawn, Rideau Hall | Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area

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