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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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Colourful and impressive. Love those pipers!

I was out for a morning walk on a short Saturday visit to Ottawa and happened upon a crowd gathering around the large grassed parade ground in front of the Parliament Buildings... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2013
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London, Ontario
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

I was out for a morning walk on a short Saturday visit to Ottawa and happened upon a crowd gathering around the large grassed parade ground in front of the Parliament Buildings. Luckily my curiosity led me to investigate and at 10:00 am the Changing of the Guard ceremony began with the entrance of a superbly uniformed and disciplined band... More 

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Williston
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

This event is very exciting at the beginning and the end when the Ceremonial Guard marches in. There is a marching band and bagpipes. The long and somewhat boring part is the middle section as the troops are "inspected". We enjoyed being on the east side of the lawn for the ceremony because we had a great view as the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

Very cool to witness. Amazing how the guards can stand so still in the heat of summer. Historical and very much a cool sight to see.

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Reviewed 28 August 2013

We missed the Buckingham Palace England guard changing ceremony in England so we decided to watch the Canadian version in Ottawa. We enjoyed seeing this brief traditional ceremony and parade which added to the beauty of the location at the magnificent Parliament buildings. We had great views but you have to arrive early if you want to get free tickets... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

Wow - what a spectacle - such discipline in these people and such devotion. Bless them for what they do and for all the hard work it takes to be so wonderful. It's inspirational to witness

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Wee were lucky enough to reach Ottawa in time to see the last Changing of the Guard for the season. The changing takes place on the large lawn outside the Parliament Buildings and the numbers taking part, including band etc I estimated at about 150. My tour guide confided that the "soldiers" were in reality students (from Uni?) who had... More 

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

This is a great idea which I think really is a good thing to have. It has a very British feel to it but at the same time Canadian, we got to watch this from our hotel each morning from our hotel (the lord elgin) which stopped us from having to arrive very early to see it close up, although... More 

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Reviewed 23 August 2013

I was glad we made it to see this colourful show. It is a musical and visual experience that entertained the whold family! A truly Canadian experience!

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

Loved watching the changing of the guards. So pleased that two of them were able to take pictures with our group. We asked questions and they answered without hesitation. Wonderful visit!

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

Quite a lengthy procession and process but very enjoyable and a must see if in the Ottawa area - arrive early just before 10:00 AM for a good spot to watch (and listen).

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