La Citadelle de Québec
La Citadelle de Québec
4.5
Military MuseumsSpeciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
National Historic Site and active military base, the Citadelle welcomes you with its guided tours and access to the Musée Royal 22e Régiment. Located on the highest natural point in Quebec City, the Citadelle allows you to enjoy spectacular views on the town and the Saint Lawrence River. Discover the fortress of Old Quebec, home of the Royal 22e Régiment, the only French-speaking regiment with in the Canadian Armed Forces. Tickets include an hour-long guided tour of the Citadelle, mostly outside, and the access to the Musée Royal 22e Régiment. In order to protect the health and safety of our visitors and employees, we have adopted the guidelines by the Québec Ministry of Public Health, including social distancing standards and applicable health measures.
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  • Zosia B
    Waterloo, Belgium1,412 contributions
    Informative tour
    This is an informative tour that provides a nice overview of the history of the citadelle. The weather doesn’t stop the tour and most of it is outside so dress appropriately. Do visit the small museum ahead of your tour as it will enhance your experience.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 April 2023
  • pimmingswool
    Saskatoon, Canada54 contributions
    View is the highlight
    It was just OK, and I suspect for people with little knowledge of Canadian history, it would’ve been challenging to understand. Compared to other national park/military tours this was fairly lacklustre. Guide was good and informative but the tour itself wasn’t particularly interesting. However, the view from the top is amazing and likely worth it. Be prepared for the outdoors - it is very windy up there and the ground may be wet and mucky.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 April 2023
  • Embroiderer1966
    Doylestown, Pennsylvania13 contributions
    Awesome Tour Guide!
    My sons were fascinated by the tour, and so was I. Our tour guide, Zack, was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. That really helped, since it was extremely hot and this was our last stop of an exhausting day. We learned a lot about the history of Quebec. This is a must-do if you’re visiting Quebec City. (BTW they have tours in both English and French.)
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 June 2023
  • AJracer54
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom1,163 contributions
    A must
    Went for the early military musical parade which was great. Music good and no problem watching. We were due to take a tour but wanted to change the time for that which was not a problem. William was our tour guide. First class job. He was clear and asked all questions. We then watched the changing of the guards.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 June 2023
  • EstefBB
    232 contributions
    Wonderful museum and tour!
    We arrived at 10:00 am for the band. Amazing half an hour serenade! Then we took the english tour with Julian. He was funny and very informative! Lastly if he museum had great history exhibits. We learned a lot today!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • thetravelroamad
    Crestwood, Kentucky237 contributions
    Worth a Visit
    We had a great experience and really enjoyed the tour. The price for admission was very reasonable. The tour was about an hour long and learned a lot about the Citadelle. You also can’t beat the views of the city when visiting. We also enjoyed watching the changing of the guards. Would definitely recommend a visit here when visiting.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Mark H
    Fond du Lac, Wisconsin2,990 contributions
    If you're in Quebec City, this is a must.
    If you're in Quebec City, this is a must. We arrived in time for regimental music performance and 10 a.m. on the parade ground. The 30-minute concert was great and not what I was expecting from a military marching band. Yes, they played some traditional stuff, but then they played arrangement of both a Bill Eilish and a Bon Jovi song. The museum highlights the struggles French Canadian members of the armed forces faced and how they overcame them. It looks at the contributions to NATO and UN peacekeeping roles as well as the sacrifices made in WWI and WWII. You can also have you photo taken with mascot goat named Batisse.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Matthew C
    Belfast, United Kingdom17 contributions
    Guided tour is the only way to see the Citadel
    I took the guided tour with Brandon in November 2022. Brilliant tour guide and answered all my questions. One question, in particular, was about my ancestor Sir Guy Carleton; he said that there isn't anything on him at the citadel but that he was taught about him in school growing up. Knowing there would be some literature on him, I researched him more. The citadel itself was impressive, but I loved the little museum inside. If I am ever in Quebec, I will definitely visit again!
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 August 2023
  • AmarilisVos
    Jabbeke, Belgium2,318 contributions
    Guided tour only
    We visited the Citadelle on July 9. Free parking is available in the Citadelle. You can only visit the Citadel with a guided tour. There is also an opportunity to visit the residence of the Governor General. On certain days the band of the 22nd Royal Regiment plays at 10am. After or before the tour you can visit the museum of the 22nd Royal Regiment.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Mary F
    3 contributions
    Disappointing tour
    The Citadelle de Quebec is an interesting place to visit. We bought our tickets ahead of time which saved us some wait time, but it is not necessary. For security reasons, visitors cannot stray from the group and wander about on their own. The guided tour was a disappointment. It felt rushed and we learned somethings, but not that much. I would have liked to read and view the exibits, which looked facinating. We had no time to do this and were told to take a picture if we wanted to instead. We stayed to hear the band play and that was great.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 August 2023
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RACurry1112
San Jose, CA13 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Lovely views of the city of Quebec and excellent tour. You can only tour with a guide as this is an active military base. Tours are given in several languages, last about an hour, and vey informative.
Written 30 October 2023
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Karen B
Danville, VA13 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
As my husband loves ghost/underground tours, I booked the 8:00pm night tour. When we arrived, we were dismayed to find out that the only English speaking tour was at 7:30pm. Nowhere on the website did it mention this when I booked the tour. I was only given choices of 7:30, 8:00. 8:30 with no language specified. We were not the only English speaking people who showed up to the 8:00 unaware of this issue.

Disappointed, we filled out a contact sheet with my email and phone number requesting a refund and left. A week later, I had not heard back and filled out another request online. It has now been two weeks and I still have not heard anything.

If they had simply responded with a "Sorry for the mix-up, but we don't do refunds," I would have been disappointed, but understood, and no review would have been left. However, to simply ignore two requests is unacceptable customer service.
Written 20 October 2023
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia44,462 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
La Citadelle de Québec is a functioning quarters of a section of the Canadian armed forces. It is also a museum and a tourist attraction. Its history goes back to the 17th century when the French started building fortifications and this continued under the British influence in later times. It's a very interesting place to visit as it provides a taste of Canada's origins.
Guided tours take visitors around, including a visit to a small museum. Entry to the Citadel is by paid ticket.
Written 18 October 2023
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Shane B
Brisbane Region, Australia59 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
If you are a history buff make the effort to visit this site. It is an active military barracks so visiting is by escorted tour only. The tour is worth it with both French and English speaking guides. Tour costs about CA$15 and takes an hour. Your can simply visit the museum inside however it costs the same regardless, and is included in your tour ticket anyway. There is also a separate tour for the governor's residence if you like the political side of things. Very informative tour - Markus thanks for a great hour and your knowledge and humour made it a very enjoyable tour.
Written 17 October 2023
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Mark D
Corfe Mullen, UK382 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We were not particularly excited to visit this attraction, but actually we enjoyed it. You have to do an hour guided tour of the barracks, there is no other way to look around (as it is an operational installation) and the young lady who showed us around was enthusiastic and amusing in her story telling. It is a bit of a skim the surface type if tour, but we timed it right to witness the noon gunfire....and you do get some good views of the city. It is worth the effort to visit, but don't expect to be shown everything.
Written 11 October 2023
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Foodange
Manchester, UK2,777 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Walked all round but could hardly see anything as it was much higher than the path.
Then found that we could only go in on a guided tour. Really? We hate it when someone else tells you how long you have to look at something. People are interested in different things.
Left for the Plains of Abraham.
Written 11 October 2023
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Kane M
Lakewood, CO50 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
This fort is a must see if you’re into military history. You can only see the fort with a tour (@ $18 Canadian), and they do have English speaking yours. The entrance fee also gets you entry into the museum.
Written 8 October 2023
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E450KCad
16 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Took a one hour tour, which was available in English and French, while on vacation. Tour guide was engaging and informative. Amazing views.
Written 14 September 2023
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Brenda F
5 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Enjoyed the tour and learned a lot. Was a bit disappointed that we missed the changing of the guards — the website said this could be seen through Labor day (9/4), but when we went on Sunday, 9/3 , we were told it was done for the season, Only other critique is that time in the buildings in the tour was too short — you really couldn’t see everything in the time given.
Written 3 September 2023
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patriciay455
Baltimore, MD268 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Extremely informative and fascinating. Our guide, Maude, was excellent. The narrative was just enough information to not be overwhelming. The museum portion was also just perfect amount
Written 31 August 2023
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