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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 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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Guelph, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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133 reviews 133 reviews
4 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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Norwich, Ontario, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The guide visitors are well informed and they are more than welcome to explain any question you have or direct you to the best corner to enjoy the show. A touch of history and culture is more than welcome here. After all you can take pictures with the guards. Be ready to film or take a lot of pictures. Amazing

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Canada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful display. I always try to make time to see it. This time I brought visiting relatives and they absolutely loved it.

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50 reviews 50 reviews
26 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The second time we visited it all made more sense because a guide was nearby explaining the rituals. The music is great. They even played Stars and Stripes on July fourth.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The troops on parade do us proud every time, if your from out of town this is a must see. If your from Ottawa make it an annual family event

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Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The changing of the guard was fantastic. The best place to stand is to the right when you're facing the Parliament building. The guards march right past you there. The bagpipes were sensational. It's probably not the best for young children as the ceremony goes for quite a while and there isn't much 'action'.

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Ottawa, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I've seen the Changing of the Guard a few times and love it each time. Great for kids and history and/or war buffs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Was very busy but enjoyed, would like to see it a little more handicap friendly. they had a wheel chair but it was to small for a man to sit in.

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