Performances - Ceremonial Guard

Daily Performances

The Changing of the Guard Ceremony

Daily at 10 a.m. on Parliament Hill.
June 26 to August 21, 2016

Rideau Hall

Ceremonial Sentries are posted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rideau Hall.
June 26 to August 21, 2016


The Ceremonial Guard performs public duties in Ottawa annually from late June to the end of August.

The public duties of the Ceremonial Guard include:

  • Posting Guards at the residence of His Excellency, the Governor General of Canada;
  • Performing the daily Changing the Guard ceremony on Parliament Hill;
  • Providing daily sentries at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial (suspended for the 2016 season);
  • Guards of Honour for visiting heads of state or other dignitaries;
  • Participating in official public or military functions in the capital;
  • Performing during public concerts or other ceremonies to promote the Canadian Armed Forces.

Rideau Hall

The Ceremonial Guard mounts the Guard of Honour for His Excellency on Canada Day on Parliament Hill and performs extended public duties by providing an overnight presence at Rideau Hall during visits by members of the Royal family.


Fortissimo is a military and musical spectacular of the Canadian Armed Forces which will take place July 21-23, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. on Parliament Hill.

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