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La Citadelle de Quebec

1, Cote de la Citadelle | Cap-Diamant, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4V7, Canada
+1 418-694-2815
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The Citadelle, National Historic Site, is located on Cape Diamant. The star-shaped layout is characteristic of Vauban fortifications. Construction began in 1820 and ended in 1850. Its walls enclose 300 years of military history in Quebec City spanning the French, British and Canadian periods. The Citadelle is an active military garrison. Guided tours of the site and the Royal 22e Regiment Museum, open year-round. Ceremony and changing of the Guard in summer. Night tours in summer and fall season. 2014: A new permanent exhibition "Je me souviens" "Je me souviens" relates the 100-year-long epic of the Royal 22e Regiment, the Canadian Forces' sole French-language regular force infantry regiment. Find out about the lives of the French-speaking soldiers who have served in its ranks, from 1914 to the missions in Afghanistan. Audiences will enjoy an interactive experience exploring the built heritage of the fortress and the regiment's history through interviews, video archives, and interactive maps of battles. Special exhibition Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory. This exhibition uses wartime artifacts, art, personal stories, photographs, archival materials, audiovisual presentations and more to relate the harrowing experiences of Canadian troops who fought in some of the worst battles of the First World War. They fought through poison gas in the Second Battle of Ypres, and struggled through a sea of mud to take Passchendaele ridge. This enlightening, content-rich exhibition also highlights Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae’s iconic poem In Flanders Fields, and explores how Canadians and Belgians have continued to remember and commemorate the First World War over the past century. Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory. was developed by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Belgium, and with the generous support of the E. W. Bickle Foundation. The exhibition is supported by National Presenting Sponsor VISITFLANDERS. The access to the exhibition is included in the general fee (Citadelle+museum).
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1, Cote de la Citadelle | Cap-Diamant, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4V7, Canada
Downtown Quebec City
+1 418-694-2815
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My wife and I visit here on our recent visit. Our tour guide (Ada) was very pleasant. She added a little humor to the tour and answered all our questions. You get some great views of the city from the citadel. The museum is all...More

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent 2 and a half hours here seeing the changing of the guard and then doing the tour. Returned for an hour in the evening for beating the retreat We found this an excellent place to visit for historic information and were impressed with the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The citadelle is probably the most important site to visit in Quebec. It allows you to understand the history and "frenchness" of Quebec with the added paradox of the daily reenactment of one of our most British traditions- the changing of the guard. One of...More

Thank 1111marcopolo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth the visit and a tour of the citadelle is included in the price of admission. Ceremony takes about 30 minutes.

Thank Rob P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrived at 9:45 in time for the changing of the guard at 10 am. Costs $16 to get in. Looks very British but it's not Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle. The guard change accompanied by a band takes 45 minutes. Then there are two guided...More

Thank Taxman14
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got there a couple of minutes before ten when they did the changing of the guards then went on a tour very informative. Would definitely recommend if going to Quebec City.

Thank shahow
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you visit Québec city, you must definitely come here! You can learn about Canadian history and transport to the old times, with their beautiful buildings!

Thank Traveler4theworldmx
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You have to take a guided tour because it's an active military site but it was a nice hour walking tour and quite interesting. There is one point that offers a great view of old Quebec. At noon each day they fire off a cannon....More

Thank Brittany G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Most tourists (including us) go for the pageantry of the daily 10am *weather permitting* changing of the guard ceremony--taken straight from Buckingham Palace. But, the informative guided tour of the grounds and buildings-- included with the Citadelle entry fee and available throughout the day--helps to...More

Thank Thomas M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Because it is an active military facility you must stay with the guide. Access is not as open as it is at the Citadel in Nova Scotia Halifax. Overall still interesting we missed the change of the guard but we're still evil to watch it...More

Thank Pat P
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Quynh N
3 October 2016|
Response from Colin B | Reviewed this property |
There is a museum which is the starting point for visitors who want to look through the museum or do a guided tour. There is a person who operates the cash register who may have space available for you to store your luggage.
30 August 2016|
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Response from Peter_vB2015 | Reviewed this property |
checked the website, this is the info Quebec's only Changing of the Guard Ceremony Daily from June 24 to Labour day (first Monday of September) at 10 a.m
5 July 2016|
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Response from Citadelle-de-Quebec | Property representative |
Hello! Guided tours of the Citadelle reveal over 300 years of history. Join our guides to explore this fortress—an active garrison of the Royal 22e Régiment—and delve deeply into this National Historic Site with its... More
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