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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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We just don't see this kind of thing in the US! Be there by 9:45 am and watch the Old Guard and New Guard arrive; the inspections and the music. It starts at 10 am and takes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Columbia SC
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Columbia SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We just don't see this kind of thing in the US! Be there by 9:45 am and watch the Old Guard and New Guard arrive; the inspections and the music. It starts at 10 am and takes about a half hour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Get there 9.45 and watch the band arrive. Long show with lots of music and guard inspection. Very British in nature. Heavily guarded by large number of RCMP with machine guns !!

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Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

It was very cool and fun to watch them parade down the street to Parliament and then do the changing of the guards. It was good for pictures and to watch, however we didnt stay for the entire thing because it was hot. It is very popular and people come from all over to see it.

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Stockbridge, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Get yourself to Parliament Hill around 9:30am for a good viewing spot, and watch Changing of the Guard, which begins at 10:00am. I saw the ceremony on two occasions, one being on Canada Day, and the music was a little different those two times. This might also be a good photo opportunity, as a few of the senior officers came... More 

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Karalee, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The day couldn't have been better. Not a cloud in the beautiful blue sky. Apparently it is cancelled if there is a likelihood of rain. A good half hour of free entertainment with musical accompaniment. The Canadians do it well.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Why not enjoy this? It's free, with a beautiful setting, and great music! Great to enjoy right after getting your center block tour tickets from the ottawa kiosk. Kiosk opens at 9 am, lines move quickly, you exit with enough time to enjoy this ceremony.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We loved the pomp and ceremony of the changing of the guard. It was colourful, executed perfectly and a great way to start our day exploring the city. It costs nothing and is in a beautiful place so why wouldn't you go?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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

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

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

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