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Changing of the Guard

East Lawn, Rideau Hall | Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada
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neat experience to watch the marching bands :)

This is always a popular attraction for tourists! I myself am a Canadian and I thoroughly enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2016
Vancouver, Canada
Great for tourists or Canadiens alike

Show up early to parliament and be entertained by the daily ritual. Something you should make the... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2016
Mike R
Stratford, Canada
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Formal ceremony taking place daily during the summer on Parliament Hill that shouldn't be missed.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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East Lawn, Rideau Hall | Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

This is always a popular attraction for tourists! I myself am a Canadian and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the guards marching around in their bear hats, and trumpeting their instruments! The music is always so upbeat and patriotic! It always makes me feel proud to...More

Thank N Y
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Show up early to parliament and be entertained by the daily ritual. Something you should make the time to see on your visit. Takes approximately 30 minutes

Thank Mike R
Reviewed 25 August 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

Thank BrianinOttawa
Reviewed 17 August 2016

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...More

Thank PezFish
Reviewed 16 August 2016

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...More

Thank Mark Y
Reviewed 14 August 2016

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.

1  Thank Denise B
Reviewed 13 August 2016

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...More

1  Thank MKosche
Reviewed 11 August 2016

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...More

Thank Bill195005
Reviewed 8 August 2016

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...More

3  Thank Marais1969
Reviewed 1 August 2016 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

1  Thank CENSINA M
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susan d
What are the summer months and dates for the Changing of the Guard ceremony?
26 September 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
When is the next changing of the guard?
5 June 2016|
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Response from rowan008 | Reviewed this property |
The changing of the guard happens everyday during the week around 10am I believe