Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill

Every summer morning at 10:00am, the Changing of the Guard takes place on Parliament Hill. It’s a pageantry of marching music and military drills performed by the Ceremonial Guard.

  • June 28 to August 24 (daily) – 10 am to 10:30 am, weather permitting. Preceded by a brief introduction at 9:45 am.  Arrive early for the best spot on the grass of Parliament Hill. Admission is free.
  • The ceremony is performed by the Ceremonial Guard. Every guardsman, musician and member of the support staff is a trained soldier of the Canadian Forces on regular or reserve service.

The event actually beings off the hill, with a parade from the Cartier Square Drill Hall (Laurier Avenue near the Rideau Canal), down Laurier and Elgin Street past the War Memorial, and then up on Wellington Street to Parliament Hill.

A similar ceremony caled the “Relief of the Sentires as Guards” takes place daily at Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governer General. Every hour, guards march to their posts in front of the residence, accompanied by a bagpiper.

For more info, visit the official Ceremonial Guard info site.


  • Fortissimo is an annual military and musical spectacular created for the lawns of Parliament Hill featuring massed military bands, pipes and drums, guest performers and the soldiers of the Ceremonial Guard.
  • Dates for 2012 are August 12, 13, 14th at 7:30 p.m. and August 15th at 2:30 p.m. on Parliament Hill.
        For more info, visit the official Fortissimo site.
Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto.She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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