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My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this experience this summer. We loved the various types of... read more

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Changing of the Guard Ottawa

Amazing. Could not help but feel sorry for the soldiers as the temperature was in the mid 30,s... read more

Reviewed October 11, 2018
Ivan C
Wodonga, Australia
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Formal ceremony taking place daily during the summer on Parliament Hill that shouldn't be missed.
East Lawn, Rideau Hall | Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed February 15, 2014

My office looks over Elgin street so I get to see the Guard every day during the summer. They march by on their way to the Hill just before 10 and return about 1040 or so. At least once during the summer I take an...More

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Reviewed August 25, 2016

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...More

7  Thank BrianinOttawa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this experience this summer. We loved the various types of bands both traditional marching as well as bag pipes (which for us Americans was a novelty). We did some research online beforehand to determine the best place to stand...More

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Reviewed October 11, 2018

Amazing. Could not help but feel sorry for the soldiers as the temperature was in the mid 30,s Celsius. It was a real heat wave unlike normal Canadian conditions for that time of year. Great for kids and adults alike.

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Reviewed August 28, 2018

I really enjoyed it, though it was a little long and repetitive for my 8 year old. I think he liked the opening music, but the inspection of the guards takes some time and isn't as exciting to watch. If you really appreciate the history...More

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Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

What can I say, it was perfect!! We arrived for the morning change of guards and we’ve been very pleased with all the ceremony. Great marching band, soldiers very synchronized and the off voice explaining all the key steps, so nice. I’m living in Angola...More

Thank MCourtemanche
Reviewed August 21, 2018

Arrived on time. Be there about 9:45 as it starts at 10:00am. Entire performance lasts about 30 minutes. Great performance, music, pageantry. It’s explained by 2 young narrators in both English and French. Walk around Parliament and be sure to view the library in the...More

1  Thank Ursula B
Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

Definitely a must see free event while visiting Ottawa. You can see from any place on property. Starts shortly before suggested time of 10 am, so I suggest showing up 930ish to get a front row spot. Beautiful.

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Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

This is a must see summer event. They start a bit before 10 with the old guards and bag pipes marching down the street onto the parade grounds. They are joined by the replacement guards who march in along with the marching band. It is...More

Thank kathiev_13
Reviewed July 20, 2018

As a Canadian does not get to visit very often, I was thrilled to be able to view the ceremony. The pride I felt as the Pipe and Drums led The Old Guard onto The Hill was amplified with the arrival of The New Guard....More

Thank Paul G
Reviewed September 18, 2017

We saw this on a perfect sunny day. It's about 20 minutes long. The kids might get bored. But for those who love pomp and ceremonies, you will love it. And it's free! They explained it over a microphone in both French and English as...More

2  Thank F4981JCmichaels
Reviewed August 24, 2017

Catch the thrilling spectacle of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Come early (9:45 am) to learn about the symbolism, history and proceedings of this free ceremony. Changing the Guard takes place on the East Lawn of Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Canada, every morning, beginning...More

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susan d
September 25, 2016|
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Response from Roberto S | Reviewed this property |
from their website": June 25 – August 26, 2017 Every summer morning Parliament Hill is alive with music and colourful drills. The Changing of the Guard began as a morning routine on the Hill in 1959, and has turned into an... More
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Response from rowan008 | Reviewed this property |
The changing of the guard happens everyday during the week around 10am I believe