The changing of the guard takes place at 10 am and last about one half hour. I think it is a great experience to see the ceremony.
The sounds of bagpipes heralded the beginning of the procession. The guard Merced up Elgin, around the War memorial and headed to the lawn in front of Centre Block where the guard proceeded to manouver and march. The only drawback ( through no fault of theirs) was the overwhelming humidity (40 C) so the kids weren't able to make it... More
I had to admire them tho. It was about 95 in the shade and they had to endure the heat in those heavy uniforms and hats.
On a hot day, the guards (grenadiers?) sweat in that sun under their bear skin hats. The precision, the formality, the marching music harks back to a bygone day. It seems a bit unnecessary but if you're in the neighbourhood it's worth timing your visit to watch the ceremony.
get a good area to film, enjoy the music & action, after the show individule pictures can be taken with the commanders
First go to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, watch the guard parade past about 9:50am and then go over to the parade ground in front of the Pariliament Building. Bring your camera.
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