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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 15 September 2016 via mobile

Very interesting tour of a historic strategic fortress. One can easily imagine battles from cannons facing the river. The interior is beautiful--a functioning residence of the current official. Chateau Frontenac in the background.

3  Thank O T
Reviewed 15 September 2016

I thought this was going to be quite boring but I learnt a good deal of Quebec's turbulent history here. The free tour of the Governor General's residence was made all the more interesting by the two young ladies leading the tour who were very...More

Thank Jasmine_Essex48
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We enjoyed our tour of the Citadel. It's a very historical place and interesting to learn more about it. The view of the old city from the top is also really great.

1  Thank GeorginaJoyce
Reviewed 14 September 2016

This is an active military base, so a guide is required for the tour that takes place outside of the museum. In the museum itself, a guide is not required. The tour was interesting and our guide was very good. You can access some great...More

1  Thank rieschalk
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Not a bad little tour of the history of the Citadel, why it was built and how it is used today. Fantastic views from the walls overlooking Vieux Quebec and the St. Lawrence River.

3  Thank ElauNH
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Very austere place and that is how it should be. Lots of history, contemporary art and great view of the old town.

Thank BorisVino
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We came here to do the tour and it was great ! Our tour guide was very friendly and we learned a lot. Although I was a little disappointed that the highest point (where one of the large cannons is) was not accessible.More

1  Thank JaclynBarnes
R22eR, Responsable relations clients at La Citadelle de Quebec, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2016

Hi, thank you for your interest in the Citadel of Quebec. We're truly sorry to hear you were disappointed because the Prince de Galles bastion was not accessible due to restoration works. We hope to see you again at the Citadel and we thank you...More

Reviewed 9 September 2016

Though the tour costs a few bucks and you don't have unlimited access to an active military base, the views are wonderful and the changing of the guard ceremony is fun to watch.

2  Thank Matthew G
Reviewed 8 September 2016

We, along with many other visitors, entered the Citadelle for the daily Beating Retreat (or Changing of the Guard) performance by members of the Royal 22nd Regiment. We watched as the Old Guard marched onto the parade square, accompanied by the regimental mascot, Batisse. After...More

2  Thank WAYNE E
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Interesting and informative tour with obviously great views of the surrounding area. Best value would include the Changing of the Guard.

Thank Charlie13_13
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Leticia R
28 July 2017|
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Response from Taxman14 | Reviewed this property |
There is no booking just turn up and pay either cash or card. I suggest you get to the citadel by 09:30am to give yourself plenty of time to get tickets and get a good spot to see the changing of the guard. It can get quite... More
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