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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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Hagerstown, Maryland
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

We went to see the changing of the guards along with the ceremony. It was incredible watching this event. This lasts about 1/2 hour, but is very interesting in every detail that was undertaken.

Visited August 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

didn't have much time to really do much exploring but intend on doing so on my next visit. a lovely part of history to explore in future.

Visited August 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“Put this on your Quebec City to-do list”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

For those of you contemplating this site, it is worth it.

While the changing-of-the-guard portion is too long, and needs to be shortened, the tour of the facility is well done.

The view of the city from the fort’s edge is spectacular. You get a grand view of the Fairmont hotel. And if you’re there for a cruise, you’ll get a great view of your ship at dock.

The indoor museum portion is quite interesting as well. I was surprised to see the collection of Nazi relics on display, particularly an enormous, ornate Nazi eagle (like the ones you see in documentaries and movies).

To make the trip even more interesting, walk along the city’s old wall to get to the fort’s entrance. It will give you perspective of what the fort was designed to protect.

Visited July 2014
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Minneola, Florida
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“Worth the visit - the Citadelle & the Changing of the Guard”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

It is a long show - the changing of the guard - about 30-40 minutes, but well worth seeing once. It's a bit of British history still going on today. The goat is probably the best part. There is a tour for about an hour to learn more about the Citadelle and it's very informative. Great views from there as well.

Visited July 2014
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Brantford, Canada
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“Park inside the walls!”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

The Citadelle was a great historical experience! The guided tour was fantastic and informative. You can park inside the walls for no fee.

Visited August 2014
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