Changing the Guard
Held each morning on Parliament Hill in Ottawa from late June through late August, the Changing the Guard Ceremony is a colourful spectacle of pomp, pageantry and music.
The 2012 season has come to an end. The show will continue in the summer of 2013. See you there!
- The ceremony begins on Parliament Hill at 10 am sharp each morning, rain or shine, following a march by the Guard from its Cartier Square Drill Hall just south of Parliament Hill and up Elgin Street.
- The Ceremonial Guard is assembled from two regiments - the Governor General's Footguards and the Canadian Grenadier Guards - and also has its own regimental band and pipers who perform in the ceremony.
- Most of the Ceremonial Guardsmen taking part in the ceremony are university and college students; all are primary reservists in the Canadian Forces.
- Performances are free of charge; for best viewing, arrive on Parliament Hill at 9:45 a.m.