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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 16 August 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful tour! Our guide, Julia, really understood what she was explaining, and she gave us lots of interesting information in a funny, understandable manner. Highly recommend this tour!

Thank Henry L
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

If you plan to go to the Citadel, get up early and see the changing of the gaurds. We checked out the museum before the ceremony, but it isn't worth much time. For the ceremony, everyone first gathers in a small area, but then they...More

Thank EB198M
Reviewed 15 August 2016

Humbling and inspiring. Spent several hours in the museum relearning a lot of my high school history. The changing of the guards is at 10am and is worth seeing if you've never seen something like it before.

Thank Ronamatic
Reviewed 15 August 2016

This is an active military base, and thus not accessible to public without the presence of a guide. The guided tour is CAD16 per person. You can see the change of the guard, take pics with them, and go into the gift shop without paying...More

Thank Anya A
Reviewed 15 August 2016

Loved the history of this Citadel. Changing of the guard was awesome to watch, get there early if you want to be able to see ot though. Views are fantastic history tour was fun and entertaining as well as informative. Museum I enjoyed very much....More

Thank Sean B
Reviewed 14 August 2016

While maybe not in the same category as Ottawa, the Citadelle with its active unit and long history (shown very well in the museum) is a must see if Canadian and of pretty good interest for us Americans. Changing of the guard is in the...More

Thank JohntheLast
Reviewed 13 August 2016

This is worthy of a stop and look around. We did arrive later in the evening and it was quiet. In my opinion this is not a must do but if you have the time squeeze it in.

Thank memberat
Reviewed 12 August 2016

The changing of the guard ceremony is amazing but be sure to arrive before 10 AM if you want to see it. The accompanying tour of the Citidel and museum was also very educational and entertaining. Don't miss the goat.

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Reviewed 12 August 2016

You must take the tour for one hour as this is an active military base. Good for history and military buffs and interesting for everyone else. Good museum before the tour. This is the best example of a star shaped stone citadel let built by...More

Thank John G
Reviewed 12 August 2016

We went before 10:00 a.m. because we wanted to see the changing of the guard, and it was great, something you don't want to miss. The uniforms, the goat, all very memorable. Afterwards, the tour was fascinating, and the views overlooking the city are amazing....More

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Leticia R
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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
2 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.
29 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