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Changing of the Guard Ceremony 2021

A solemn and colorful spectacle at the Parliament Hill


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Every morning, from late June through late August, Changing the Guard Ceremony takes place on Parliament Hill, showcasing Canadian military forces, accompanied by music and vivid drills. The Changing of the Guard became a tradition in 1959, and now it's an essential Ottawa tourist attraction. The Governor General's Foot Guards, as well as Canadian Grenadiers, get engaged in a ceremony along with bands and pipers.

The ceremony occurs every morning at 9:50 a.m. with the Old Guard marching onto the East Lawn of Parliament Hill. At 10:00 a.m. the New Guard marches from Cartier Square Drill Hall as the band plays "The 10 Provinces March". The company commander inspects both the new and old guards. Then the parade shows off arms and the regimental colors. After the salute, commander of the old guard handles the key to the Guard Room at Rideau Hall to the new commander.

Ceremonial Guard consists of members from over 86 Canadian Army regiments, six Royal Canadian Navy Ships, and six Air Force squadrons. On some days, the Ceremonial Guard mounts Guards of Honour for visiting leaders of other countries. The Band of the Ceremonial Guard often plays during concerts or at various public events.

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