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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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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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Your appointment in Ottawa at 10AM

Changing of the guard is one of the best (and free) attractions to enjoy while in Ottawa, in Parliament Hill at 10AM. I've visited it twice, a few years ago and right now... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Twice this year, we brought different visitors from out of town with very young children who had never seen he parade and ceremony downtown. As you can imagine, this involves getting the kids ready, leaving in time to find parking, paying for parking downtown and making your way to Wellington or Parliament Hill. Twice, the ceremony was cancelled, leaving kids... More 

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Lloret de Mar, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Changing of the guard is one of the best (and free) attractions to enjoy while in Ottawa, in Parliament Hill at 10AM. I've visited it twice, a few years ago and right now, always in Summer, and in my opinion (British maybe would not agree with me) it is better and prettier than changing of the guard in Buckingham Palace... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited ottawa recently for vacation and watched the 30 min Changing of the Guard Ceremony on the Ottawa Parliament Hill which begins at 10 AM sharp. The Guard marches from the Cariter Drill Hall which is located best the Ottawa City Hall and visitors can walk along side on the 15 min walk to Parliament Hill which makes it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arrive about 9.45 any morning in the summer and watch this spectacle, make sure you have plenty of water as there is little shade. I found this really enjoyable, the guards were smart and the band well worth listening to.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took my father in law and his wife, who are visiting from Australia, to Parliament Hill to watch the changing of the guard. Aside from the obvious military pageantry of the drill itself, watching the soldiers performing in their scarlet tunics and bear skin caps with the Parliament Buildings as their back drop makes the whole thing very special.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I took our 7 year old grand daughter on a road trip to Ottawa this summer in order for her to take in the Changing of The Guard amongst other things. We had seen this our self's about 35 + years ago and i must say it has only gotten better and worth while seeing if visiting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want a prime spot to for photography, arrive by 9 am. You can still obtain a decent spot by 9:15, but any later and you take your chances. Great presentation, with concise history lesson over speaker. Changing of the Guard lasts from 9:45 until about 10:30 am.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Even morning at 945. During the summer Go to the parliament building to see. Great views from any position. I missed it at Buckingham Palace. I understand it is the same ceremony. Loved it. A must see

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While visiting friends in Ottawa, the changing of the guard was suggested and what an experience. The crowd was full, the armed guards were keeping everyone safe and the ceremony was very moving. There timing was very precise and the story of each move was announced so we knew exactly what was happening and why. This is a must do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

good family time, with history and added values. go also to the tours on the site in the buildings around.

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