A Canadian Experience – Parliament Hill in Ottawa

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Marching Bands Lead on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

There is lots to see in Ottawa. If you don’t visit Ottawa for Canada Day, another truly Canadian experience will take you to Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The pomp and ceremony of the changing of the guard will entertain you. A tour of the Parliament Buildings will educate you. Both will make you glad you visited.

Changing of the guard is scheduled for every morning during the summer at 10am on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. But it is weather dependent. If you are in town for a few days, set aside the best day to see this amazing spectacle.

The show starts off with the marching band. If you are standing on the street in front of Parliament Hill, you will have a great view as the show goes past.

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Changing of the Guard Marching Band - Parliament Hill in Ottawa.jpg

Changing of the Guard Marching Band - Parliament Hill in Ottawa.jpg

There are a number of reserved seats on the grass. But if the reserved spots are not all filled, you may be selected for empty seats.

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The Precision of the Changing of the Guard

The ceremony for the changing of the guard is precise and structured. The new guard marches in to replace the old guard. Guards are members of the Canadian Armed Forces. As such, before command is transferred, the new guard is inspected.

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Changing of the Guard - Parliament Hill in Ottawa.jpg

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Changing of the Guard - Parliament Hill in Ottawa.jpg

Grandeur Inside the House of Parliament

If you are around to see the changing of the guard on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, you can also do a tour of the Parliament Buildings. If you have travelled in Europe, you will immediately recognize how young a country Canada is.

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Your tour will illustrate the legacy we got from both the French and the English. It will show you where the business of government happens in the lower and upper houses of Parliament.

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One of the most impressive spots in the House of Parliament is the library. It is ornate and beautiful. Queen Victoria presides over the quiet.

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Visit Parliament Hill in Ottawa for the history. Get some education on the Canadian Parliamentary system. But make sure to enjoy the beautiful stone work in the building, the light that comes in through the stained glass window and don’t miss looking up at the decorated ceilings.

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Wander Around Parliament Hill

After your tour inside Parliament Hill in Ottawa, wander around the grounds. Many people miss this detour and the interesting statues you will find.

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There are lots of things to do in Ottawa. If you are looking for a unique view of Canadian history with some entertainment thrown in, be sure to visit Parliament Hill in Ottawa .

Have you visited Parliament Hill in Ottawa? Did you catch the changing of the guard? What part of the Parliament Hill tour did you like the best?

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