Late June or early July to August 25, 2017 (start date to be confirmed)
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 annual tradition. This large-scale production includes a regimental band and pipers. The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. each morning, but arrive about 15 minutes early to grab a spot with a great view.
- The ceremony begins on Parliament Hill at 10:00 a.m. sharp each morning, 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 the best viewing, arrive on Parliament Hill at 9:45 a.m. This performance is weather dependent. Announcements about canceled performances appear on the Canadian Armed Forces Facebook page. Signs are also posted on Parliament Hill.
RCMP Musical Ride Sunset Ceremonies
June 23-25, 2017
What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation than by attending the world-famous RCMP Musical Ride show in Canada’s capital? The iconic image of the Mountie on horseback is recognized around the world as a symbol of Canadian heritage and identity.
The Sunset Ceremonies is a time-honoured tradition in Ottawa, featuring a performance by the world-famous RCMP Musical Ride and their signature flag-lowering ceremony at sunset, among other activities and police displays.
The Musical Ride, with a full troop of 32 riders and their horses, consists of complex and thrilling cavalry figures and drills choreographed to music. These movements demand the utmost control, timing and coordination.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the show! Admission is free.