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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 #11 of 144 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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Vaughan, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The arrival and departure was very impressive, but the whole making sure the uniforms and rifles are in good shape is a bit long for the little ones. Once everyone leaves you can take a pix with one of the guard which was nice for them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Felt like being in Central London, odd when travelling from UK to Canada, but really interesting and the pomp and fanfair were exciting and entertaining. Did go on a while and younger son got bored as he wasn't watching so carefully. Parade up the streets was lovely. Proud to be British!

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

During the good summer weather, the crowds can be huge. Get there early if you want a good view. One option is to stand on Elgin Street and watch the Guards march to and from the hill. Traffic is stopped during this time and good photos can be had.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I saw from the official website that there is Changing of the guard performance from late June through late August, no dates specified, we woke up early and arrived there on Aug. 25, 2014 expecting to see it, but very disappointed to know that the last performance was done on last Saturday. If you want to watch it in late... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Very cool, almost as good as changing the guard at Buckingham Palace. Lots of marching and band playing - really enjoyed it!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Everything about the Changing of the Guard was majestic and inspiring. I tip my hat to all the soldiers that serve our country. We arrived early (it starts at 10 we were there by 9:25) and had a great spot.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The changing of the guard is a spectacle - a highland pipe band PLUS a brass band, inspection of the troops. I expected a short ceremony - but was knocked out by the pomp and ceremony. Well worth viewing.

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Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

You have to see this when you visit Ottawa. If you want to take some good pictures come around 9:15 AM so you can choose a great spot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The daiily changing of the guard in Ottawa is much more easy to see (more space) than the one in London UK. It is also a more pleasurable musical show: everybody can recognize a pupular song or classical aria.

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Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Actually hadn't planned to see this but it arrived just as I was leaving the Chateau Laurier to go to the Parliament Buildings tour so I got to see most of it. Well done, well organized. I didn't require an explanation of what was happening but I suspect many people would have needed some comments from a guide if available.... More

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