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June 24 to August 24, 2018 (except June 29-July 2, 2018; dates are tentative)

Almost 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.

Fast Facts

  • 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.
  • The 2017 Ceremonial Guard is made up of Canadian Armed Forces members from over 86 Canadian Army regiments, six Royal Canadian Navy Ships, and six Air Force squadrons.
  • All the members of the Ceremonial Guard are fully-trained members of the Canadian Armed Forces, many with overseas experience on international operations.
  • The first Guard Mount took place 58 years ago on Parliament Hill, on July 2nd, 1959. It was carried out by the Regiment of Canadian Guards, a Regular Force regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces. The Public Duties Detachment was later manned by the two Reserve Guards Regiments, the Governor General’s Foot Guards, from Ottawa, and the Canadian Grenadier Guards, from Montreal. Today the Ceremonial Guard is comprised of soldiers from units across Canada who wear and adopt the customs and traditions of these two Guards Regiments.
  • When required, the Ceremonial Guard mounts Guards of Honour for visiting dignitaries outside of public duties. Also the Band of the Ceremonial Guard performs in public concerts, at military functions and other ceremonies throughout the National Capital Region.
Jul. 4 - Aug. 24 @ 10:00 AM
Changing of the Guard
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