Held each morning on Parliament Hill in Ottawa from late June through late August, the Changing Of The Guard Ceremony is perhaps one of the things that Ottawa is best known for and is described as a “colourful spectacle of pomp, pageantry, and music.”
The ceremony begins on Parliament Hill at 10 a.m. sharp each morning regardless of the weather and is followed by a march of the Guard from Cartier Square Drill Hall 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. A regimental band and pipers also perform as part of the ceremony.
Most of the Ceremonial Guardsmen who take place in the ceremony are university and college students, and one requirement is that they must be enrolled in the Canadian Forces.
The performances are free of charge and it’s advised to arrive at 9:45 a.m. to secure the best viewing location.