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La Citadelle de Quebec

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Quebec City
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Address: 1, Cote de la Citadelle | Cap-Diamant, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4V7, Canada
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The Citadelle, National Historic Site, is located on Cape Diamant. The...

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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For those planning to walk here to see Changing of the Guard at 10:00, be prepared for a long walk in. Also, you must pay the full $16.00 admission, even if you only want to see... read more

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Beverly
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

For those planning to walk here to see Changing of the Guard at 10:00, be prepared for a long walk in. Also, you must pay the full $16.00 admission, even if you only want to see that part of it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

A fun activity. The event is everyday at 10:00 am. It lasts 35 minutes. There is an interesting museum at the location.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

My family walked to the Citadel to continue our exploration of Quebec City. We were inspired and excited after visiting the lower city the preceding day. It was spitting rain so the changing of the guard ceremony was canceled (2nd day in a row). I guess I understand that, but I just thought it went on no matter what like... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Lovely guide , very informative. Wasn't too expensive and fantastic views over the city . Not a lot there to interest little kids but we really enjoyed it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

The changing of the guard is better than Ottawa, Buckingham Palace, etc. Here you can actually see it up close. We went on the tour of the fort and the tour of the Governor General's residence. Both are included in the price of admission and well worth the time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We visited on a sunny morning which was perfect for watching the changing of the guard. The ceremony was lovely with some unique drill moves and the Sergeant Goat involved. After the ceremony, our guide took us around the many buildings, explaining what each had been used for back in the time when Canada was being born, including a chapel,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

This was one of my favorite tours with a great tour guide who was not only knowledgeable but very entertaining and patiently answered all our questions. This tour is a must when visiting the old Quebec city and the citadel. It is an hour long and free although there is a fee for the Citadel tour.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

I am not into old forts and military stuff. We did walk around and on the top. The best walk is actually behind the fort on the river. You can get there by going to the hotel frontenac and head to the river and go to the right. A man sells paintings..good and reasonable down this river walk which oddly... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Went on the governor's general tour, which was free - and saved the 16 dollars from the general Citadel tour. I enjoyed the walk around the public areas of the house, and our tour guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable regarding the Governor General's functions in Canadian government and historical facts about the house and its contents.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

La Citadelle de Quebec is still an active military base. So expect to deal with security for admittance. Having said that we were also fortunate to arrive during a formal ceremony in full regalia. Wonderful experience. The facilities are well maintained and the tour guides knowledgable. Bonus: the views of Quebec City are breathtaking! Highly recommend this experience for anyone... More 

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