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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 #13 of 145 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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Bracebridge, Ontario
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The last show was the week before were were there.I kind of wish they had ran it until Labour Day or Thanksgivivg weekend.It is after all Canadian

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

It was really hot and humid. Too long ceremony. Nowhere to hide from the sun and the heat, nowhere to sit.

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

You must watch the changing of the guard if you go to Ottawa. It lasts about 1/2 hour and is very nice. We saw it just before our tour of Parliament. Both are musts.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

It's beautiful to see and watch, I remember I went a couple years ago, and I barely heard anything from the crowd. It was like looking back in time almost, and we felt their concentration. There was an energy around everyone that was beautiful.

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Webster, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

All the pomp and circumstance you'd expect, although it does run a bit long - hard to keep kids interested throughout. We were able to stand right along the path where they entered/exited, so had a great view. A must-see while in Ottawa!

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CHARLESTOWN, RI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Nice to watch and brought back memories of our own changing of the Guard. Beautiful sculpture of soldiers pulling a wagon in WWI in the background of the tomb.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

WOW! Who knew Canada had such great symbolism. You can get a really close-up look by being on Elgin Street as the guards march from the armories up to Parliament Hill. Then follow the procession for more picture taking on the Hill. It is magnificent. Makes you proud to be Canadian.

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Barcelona, Spain
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Only because I am English, it seemed absurd/ridiculous to watch soldiers dressed as they are in front of Buckingham Palace, enacting this ritual/ceremony in Canada. Despite the Commonwealth links between countries, it felt wrong. However the non-English people watching loved it...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Make sure when you visit Ottawa in the summer to take in the changing of the guard ceremony. Something to not be missed. Simply fantastic for young and old alike.

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Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It gave me chills to see the guard marching down to the square in front of the parliament buildings and then when the bagpipes started, well that was the ultimate thrill. It made me proud to say i am Canadian.

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