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Canada. National Defence

Site: Ottawa - Alta Vista Dr

Service: Canadian Armed Forces Ceremonial Guard

Alternate Name CAF ; Ceremonial Guard ; Department of National Defence ; OCR
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
Canadian Forces Health Care Centre
1745 Alta Vista Dr, 6th Flr
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K6
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Intersection Alta Vista Dr and Smyth Rd
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Pay parking lot
Description and Services
Description (Service) Daily Changing of the Guard ceremony on Parliament Hill and the mounting of Sentries at Rideau Hall and the National War Memorial Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 
Prior to the Public Duties season commencing, the Ceremonial Guard is inspected by the Governor General of Canada. The Governor General is the Colonel of the Guards Regiments: Governor Generals Foot Guards (GGFG), Canadian Grenadier Guards (CGG) from Montreal and the Governor Generals Horse Guards (GGHG) from Toronto, and as such, inspects the Ceremonial Guard to ensure that Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, Guardsmen and Musicians, are prepared to conduct Public Duties. 
The Ceremonial Guard is made up of members of the Canadian Armed Forces: The Royal Canadian Navy, The Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force. Members employed with the Ceremonial Guard wear the uniform of one of the Foot Guards Regiments (GGFG & CGG). 
On our nation's birthday, July 1st, the Ceremonial Guard traditionally mounts the noon hour Guard of Honour on Parliament Hill. The Changing of the Guard Ceremony on Canada Day is at 9:30 am and not 10 am; please note that this is subject to change on this day only. 
In July, the Ceremonial Guard hosts several Brass and Reed Bands and Pipes and Drums in the Annual Beating Retreat Ceremony "Fortissimo". In past years, more than 300 Musicians and Soldiers have participated in a display of military music and drill.
Hours Sentries at the National War Memorial at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Mon-Sun 9 am-5 pm * Changing of the Guard, the Old Guard Marches onto the lawns of Parliament Hill at 9:50 am * the Duties march at 10 am daily * the parade marches off at 10:30 am * administration Mon-Fri 7:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Ottawa (City of)
Eligibility No restrictions
Application No application needed
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Service Categories Music Performances ~ Active Military ; Sightseeing/Guided Tours ; Special Events
Contact Information
Office Phone Capital Information Kiosk, toll free 1-844-878-8333
Social Media Facebook
Primary Contact Captain David B. Rennie, Deputy Commanding Officer/Adjutant Ceremonial Guard; Phone: 613-991-2117
Primary Executive Major J. A. P. Villeneuve, Commanding Officer; Phone: 613-991-2116
Other Details
Established 1959
Funding Federal
Resources Website
Accreditation No

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