Hôtel Le Germain

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Changing of the Guard

Catch the thrilling spectacle of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Come early (9:45 am) to learn about the symbolism, history and proceedings of this free ceremony.

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 at 9:50 a.m. as the Old Guard and the Pipes and Drums march onto the East Lawn of Parliament Hill. They are followed at 10:00 am by the duties who have marched from Cartier Square Drill Hall. The Band of the Ceremonial Guard and the two Divisions of the Duties will become the New Guard.

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