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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 #10 of 98 Attractions in Ottawa
Type: Performances, Cultural
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Owner description: Formal ceremony taking place daily during the summer on Parliament Hill that shouldn't be missed.

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Howell, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The changing of the guard starts with a bagpipe in the distance. As they get closer, the music gets louder. A very nice ceremony as the guards change.

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Petawawa, Canada
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I was there one week after the shooting of Cpl Nathan Cirrilo. Got to see the change of the guard, lots of security around which was nice to see.

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Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Having spent many on and off years in the Ottawa area seeing the "CHANGING OF THE GUARD" several times it is nothing new to me.My wife on the other hand would be very impressed with the Pomp and Pageantry of the event.We were there in lots of time for the parade.The area seemed quieter than usual.I approach an RCMP officer... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I grew up in London and would often go to Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guard. Its a wonderful pageant to watch . Full of history and significance, not to mention colour .

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Belcourt, Quebec, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

THe changing of the guards is fun to Watch. There's a great background orchestra, an interesting formation, a symbolic parade, and bag pipes. I don't usually like bag pipes, but it was fitting.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Precision marching and great music. Loved seeing the show. It is a lengthy presentation, so make sure you have a comfortable seat.

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Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

this event happened every day on the hour. We spoke to the guard who informed us that this was special for this anniversary year and was brilliant to watch.

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Ottawa, Canada
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We really enjoyed getting to see the changing of the guard, try to get a spot by the queens gate. There is another show in the summer called fortissimo which is worth seeing but not well advertised. We felt it was a shame more of the security on the hill wasn't similar to the guard, all those rcmp officers asleep... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This parade leaves behind city hall and makes its way to the parliament hill. It is impressive to see. Make sure you are parked before as it closes streets where it's located at. Nice show.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Just happened to be right there when the change began so, being Canadian and all, I stopped to watch/pay my respects. Canadian is right: this is so unassuming and so unadvertised it is the first time I'd ever even heard of it!

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