From late June to late August, the Ceremonial Guard conducts a changing of the guard ceremony each morning on Parliament Hill. The military group is made up of two units, the Canadian Grenadiers and the Governor General's Foot Guards. They conduct this ceremony through the day at Rideau Hall on a smaller scale, but at ten in the morning on the Hill, the ceremony commences. One part of the group is up on the Hill, while the rest march out from the Cartier Square drill hall, up Elgin Street, around the War Memorial and over to Parliament Hill. I photographed them one morning coming up Elgin. City police on motorbikes ride ahead and behind to stop traffic, while soldiers in working uniforms walk alongside or drive in accompanying cars. In the background, the British High Commission stands to the left, while the three buildings collectively called The Chambers are to the right.
Much of the group are carrying musical instruments, playing as they go along. The rest carry their arms.
They passed by me, with the War Memorial on the other side, and turned up the street at the Chateau Laurier to move west.
And here they are heading towards the Hill. Their departure from the drill hall is timed so that this part of the Guard arrives on the Hill precisely at ten. Tomorrow I'll show you the ceremony itself, as I went up the following day to photograph that.