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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 #14 of 141 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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Brisbane, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Changing of the Guard brought tears to my eyes! It was very professional, had music from the band which marched through the streets for 10 minutes before joining the outgoing guards. The performance of the change over took about 45 minutes all up. Well worth stopping and watching.

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

To get a good view you need to be there 20-30 minutes before the 10.00 am start. The ceremony is colourful with marching bands and soldiers in full ceremonial uniforms. All part of Canada's British heritage.

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Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Changing of the guard starts at 10am with an intro at 9:45am. Some tips for some great photos: - If you get a spot in front of the east block, they march right past you to start the ceremony and it is good spot for watching the entire ceremony. - If you get a spot beside the road, between the... More

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Montreal
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

at 10:00 am every morning there is the change of the guards in Ottawa in front of the parliament. They are wonderful and very well trained. great work !!! wonderful show !!!

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Windsor, Canada
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85 reviews 85 reviews
56 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We watched the changing of the guard before our tour of parliament and were definitely glad we took a later tour to do so. From the classic uniforms to the bag pipes, the ceremony is put together wonderfully and the guides are there to help you understand exactly what's going on. Definitely bring a camera and some sun block! If... More

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CANADA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

If i wasn't there, i wouldn't tell the difference between Ottawas and England. more or less the same Ceremony. Less people watching and better view, and Close ups. the guards pass right by you. and the police and guards are very accommodating to the tourist.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

You cannot visit Ottawa in July without assisting to this! So colorful and impressive! Also try to make a guard laugh, at the Governor General's Residence! They are trained not to! So, it,s a challenge!!!

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Ottawa, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Fascinating precision marching and military ceremony. The uniforms themselves are a step back into the past with the scarlet coats and bear fur hats. Played out against the backdrop of Parliament Hill and with the sounds of bag pipes, brass band and drummer, the show is a spectacle well worth seeing. Get there early for the best photo shots but... More

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Holmdel, New Jersey
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74 reviews 74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We came here on a Sunday, and was able to find a free street parking about 2 blocks away. To get free tickets for the Parliament tour ( across the street ), either get here early or go straight there right after the ceremony completed. The whole ceremony took about 25 mins ( mostly standing around ), if you wish... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We also saw the Changing of the Guard at the CItadel, which was explained each step of the way as to the process, via loudspeaker. This explanation was not available at Parliament Hill, so you are watching a lot of pomp and ceremony, but not really sure what is going on, if you are not familiar with the process. Great... More

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