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 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.
June 23-25, 2017
What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary than by attending our world-famous Musical Ride show in the nation’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 our 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.