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“If you are remotely interested in Canadian History you must go !”

La Citadelle de Quebec
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed 5 November 2013

Even if you are not interested in history, you still should go ! The view of the city is amazing from the highest location in the city ( natural location, not on top of a building ). The tour guides ( in both official languages ) are great. Ours was Alex, who combined a history lesson, with humour and a great knowledge of current politics and the world in general. Even though he had a canned speech to present he was knowledgeable of every aspect and any question asked was easily answered correctly. It is only $10 for the tour. It is an actual active military base so it is controlled where you can go. I must admit I enjoyed walking past the base commander's residents to see a couple of pink bicycles and pumpkins out for Halloween. Makes for a more personable military.

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Reviewed 2 November 2013

A visit to the Citadelle may not be a top priority of a (short) visit to Québec, but if you have the time to take a tour through the citadel and the museum you will be steeped in military history and lore.

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Reviewed 31 October 2013

It is probably a 20-30 minute walk to The Citadel from the Chateau Frontenac if memory serves me. We took the English speaking 9:30 a.m. guided tour which lasted an hour. The only way to see the Citadel is on a guided tour since it is an active military base. The tour guide was excellent and described all the buildings and much of the history of the regiment. The only issue I had was that it could have been 30 minutes longer. We rushed through a few of the buildings and couldn't take in the details of the individual rooms. There is a small museum that we essentially walked in the front door and walked out the back without really stopping. That said, we still enjoyed the historical significance of the fort and recommend a visit. The views from the walls are impressive.

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Reviewed 31 October 2013

Enjoyed our tour, staff was very knowledgeable, but it is rushed. There is not much time to look around, and there is a lot to see.

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Reviewed 31 October 2013

Contains a small museum. Most of grounds are given over to the 22nd Regiment garrison. Not a lot of the history of the fort given. We had a good walk around it coming up from the Chateau. I've seen better interpretive displays at other historic sites. Changing of the guard is probably the best part of it.

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