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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 142 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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Winnipeg
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

It is impossible to be objective on this review since our son is one of the pipers working on the hill for the summer. But with that in mind, the pomp and pageantry make this a must do while in Ottawa. It is really interesting to see the uniform colors and precision of the band and the guards needed for... More

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Toronto, Canada
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34 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

When in Ottawa during the summer this is a must see free event. The parade is done with all the pomp and circumstance one should expect on Parliament Hill, the front lawn of our Nations Capitol. Guardsmen, both regular and reserves in the Canadian Armed Forces, parade to the delight of all attending. The bands ensure that the music is... More

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Plainsboro, New Jersey
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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

be there by 9:30... get your parliament tour tickets across the road... and then head straight to the lawns... music band comes out at 9:45 it lasts till 10:30 and then you can go on your tour of parliament... great to see soldiers march in unision...

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St. Catharines, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is a must see in Ottawa. And it's free :) It starts at 10 o'clock, and it lasts about an hour, make sure arrive 15-20 minutes earlier to get a good spot for photos.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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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