Performances - Ceremonial Guard

Daily Performances

The Changing of the Guard ceremony

Daily at 10 a.m. on Parliament Hill.

Due to the unexpected amount of reparations and construction required after Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill, the start date has been delayed until Monday, July 10.

July 10 to August 25, 2017

Rideau Hall

Ceremonial sentries are posted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rideau Hall.
June 26 to August 24, 2017


The Ceremonial Guard performs public duties in Ottawa annually from late spring 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 of the Guard ceremony on Parliament Hill;
  • Providing daily sentries at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial through the National Sentry Program;
  • Providing Guards of Honour for visiting heads of state or other dignitaries;
  • Participating in official public or military functions in the capital; and
  • Performing during public concerts or other ceremonies to promote the CAF.

Rideau Hall

The Ceremonial Guard mounts the Guard of Honour for His Excellency on Canada Day 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 takes place ever summer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Admission is free. Details about the current season are available here.

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