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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 yesterday

We spent a good part of the day at the 22nd regiment's home. So glad the weather was good as we were able to see the entire changing of the guards' ceremony. Loved Batisse the goat! We took both tours - the governor general's home...More

Thank Esther H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

An informative look at French Canadian history. We were affected by how little we actually knew of the French Canadian Regiment and their significant role in our military past. The tour guides, the grounds, the museum and the changing of the guards with their royal...More

Thank Ada S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Tour guide very knowledgeable. It lasted approximately one hour. Just walked the grounds and only entered into two buildings. Was hoping to enter a few more building so disappointed. Free to anyone who serviced in the military so very much appreciated.

Thank port77
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I live historical sights and to get the historical perspective on Quebec City I highly recommend the paid tour of this attraction. It puts the whole city into an historical context that is accessible for all. The ticket price also covers a return trip to...More

Thank Benjamin N
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited one afternoon for the tour and returned the next morning for the changing of the guard - a combination I'd highly recommend. We had a great guide who told lots of good stories, and that background made the next morning's ceremony more comprehensible....More

Thank profnancy
Reviewed 2 days ago

As others have noted, this is still an active military base, which means you must take the guided tour. Not a bad thing, just need to be aware. The tour is actually a good thing, they give you an excellent history of the base, its...More

Thank Oilerman
Reviewed 3 days ago

Because the grounds was still active, it is a guided tour. From what I could gather, it was interesting. I could barely understand our guide but she was friendly and she did try. We also caught the changing of the guards which was cool.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

In Quebec there isn't a lot of places that we have to pay to get in so we could pay to visit it and it was very cool. All the visits are guided because it is a working military base. There are tiny museums inside...More

Thank Julia C
Reviewed 4 days ago

Please take the time to visit the fortifications and learn about the incredible purpose of these installations and visit the Governor General's residence at the same time. A must in your stop in the Old Quebec City...

Thank François L
Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent fortification for beginner to experience life on this still active military base. Old buildings of French and British design.

Thank Kenneth F
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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
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