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Changing of the Guard

East Lawn, Rideau Hall | Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada
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I have mixed feeling about the changing of the guard. Not that I think that it is not impressive... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2013
Alexandre N
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New York City, New York
Very Canadian

Very nice to see. Bring your camera. Very colourful and pretty cool to watch. Not to top thing to... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2013
Danny P
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Windsor, 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 5 September 2013

I have mixed feeling about the changing of the guard. Not that I think that it is not impressive nor interesting, but what is the big deal with it? If it wouldn't be advertised as a must-see, I'd probably give a better rate. Since my...More

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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Very nice to see. Bring your camera. Very colourful and pretty cool to watch. Not to top thing to see in Ottawa, but if you have some time, go watch this. It's in my top 5 things to see.

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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Toe taping, great pageantry, great start to your day and you can get up close, I have seen the changing of the guards in England and I enjoyed the Canadian just as much.

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Reviewed 1 September 2013

If you are in Ottawa, you gotta see this. The cermeony was full of pomp, color and pagentary. It lasted for 30 mins as the one we went to was a "farewell" one for the season however I have heard that the normal ones are...More

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Reviewed 31 August 2013

I have traveled all over the world but have yet to hit England. This was as close as you can get without being there. How cool was this. Formal and synchronized yet casually entertaining. The landscaping and historic buildings make for a beautiful backdrop on...More

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Reviewed 30 August 2013

The whole family really enjoyed the changing of the guards. The soldiers did an amazing job! Be sure to arrive 15 minutes early to see the old guard with pipe an drum band enter, as well as the new guard with the brass band. Check...More

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Reviewed 29 August 2013

Another must see in Ottawa. This time we were lucky in that there was a full show with canons, and various bands.

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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...More

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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...More

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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.

Thank Brian O
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susan d
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
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Rapido142
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
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