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La Citadelle de Quebec

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Quebec City
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Address: 1, Cote de la Citadelle | Cap-Diamant, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4V7, Canada
Phone Number: +1 418-694-2815
09:00 - 17:00
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The Citadelle, National Historic Site, is located on Cape Diamant. The...

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. November 11, 2015 to September 4, 2016 The military parachutist, commonly known as a PARA in the armed forces, is an extraordinary infantry soldier. The PARA exhibition is a journey through the history, qualities, traditions, training, and specific techniques of these seasoned warriors. Visitors will discover an exceptional set of badges, symbolic objects, and images from the collections and archives of Musée Royal 22e Régiment, private collections, and military institutions. This amazing showcase will help everyone learn about the history of Canadian parachuting and common symbols of paratroopers around the world. Visitors will get a more concrete vision during an immersive experience where they simulate getting ready to jump out of a Hercules airplane amid images, parachutes, and decor that create the perfect ambiance. This major public exhibition is sure to please both curious adults and the whole family. Skydiving fans can also leave their mark by entering their name and the number of jumps they've made on the "How many jumps have you made?" wall. A booklet of activities (riddles, observation, etc.) is available to the kids for free. Access to the temporary exhibition is included to the fees of the general admission of the Citadelle and the museum.

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We wanted to hear more about the history of Quebec so went to the Citadelle and took the tour. It was a very cold and windy day but the information offered was interesting. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We wanted to hear more about the history of Quebec so went to the Citadelle and took the tour. It was a very cold and windy day but the information offered was interesting. The museum has a touching exhibit of the participation of Canadian troops in The Great War. Very well done.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was worth it to see the changing of the guard. The view of the St. Lawrence and Quebec is breathtaking and it's easy to walk here from Vieux Quebec.

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Citadelle is an active military base in Quebec City. Guided tours are offered in French and English. Our English language tour guide was from Brazil of all places. Thought the tour was very interesting. Definitely worth a visit when in town.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Did the tour, cold day but worth doing to visit the working areas of the citadel not open to visit without a guide.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a military citadel and there's not much to see. The governors' promenade around the citadel offers some nice vistas.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

the changing of the guard is spectacular to watch ,military marching and music , visit the governor general's summer residence . go to the web for hours for the changing of the guard .Quebec Citadel

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Weare, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped at a grocery store and picked up some picnic supplies and ate on the green space of the citadel. There were several other groups who had the same idea as us but there was plenty of space for all of us. The spot provided gorgeous sunset views of the Saint Lawrence and of course the Chateau Frontenac.

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Toronto, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Citadelle is stunning, the pathway they made under the wall is great to get all caught up on the history of La Citadelle. I was a little bummed out that you needed to pay for the tour to see inside, we didn't enjoy it and ended up leaving early. We found the musuem under the wall more interesting, especially... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just walked around the outside. We thought it would be like a historic fort or a castle but since it is still a working military establishment it doesn't feel that "old" and we skipped paying to go inside the museum and just enjoyed it from the outside. There is enough of the old masonry walls to give you that... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked the tour at the barracks and was joined by three young Japanese youth who spoke fairly good English.The tour guide spoke very quickly which they couldn't understand so I spent half my time repeating what she said so they could understand.I asked her to slow down but she was really just interest in getting it over and done... More 

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