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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
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+1 418-694-2815
10:00 - 16:00
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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.

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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Brave the Winter Cold!

Despite it being around -20 when we were here, we still enjoyed our tour, which included stops outside. Kudos to our cheerful and positive guide, who was able to maintain her... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Despite it being around -20 when we were here, we still enjoyed our tour, which included stops outside. Kudos to our cheerful and positive guide, who was able to maintain her humour and charm despite the freezing temperatures and bitter winds. We also enjoyed he exhibits on the inside of the main visitor building. Bring your camera - great views... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided we did not have time for the museum in here but the walk up to the citadel from one of the many grand gates in the city wall was pleasant and gave a good impression of this famous fort and its ramparts. It is still a functioning barracks much like Fort George in the north of Scotland and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make sure you give yourself a full day if you're a real history buff as I needed every second of it. A great coverage of Canadian and Quebec military history and the guided tour of the grounds was excellent. A small handful of exhibits you don't need to just look at too which was a nice touch too

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

La Citadelle de Québec is a must-see inQuebec City. Not as old as monuments in Europe, but still very interesting...eve for teenagers.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Québec City's Citadel (La Citadelle, in French) is the largest British-built fortress in North America; it took 30 years to construct. This military site has been active since 1850 when it housed British troops and the Canadian artillery. The Citadel is the oldest military building in Canada, and forms part of the fortifications of Quebec City. Today, the Citadel is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a very interesting old fort, where Roosevelt and Churchill met during WWII. Military activities were in process, so we had to take a guided tour and it was well worth it.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were walking around old Quebec and decided to check out the Citadelle. I am a bit of a history buff so I quite enjoyed the displays and just walking around the fort. It was a warm sunny October day so me and my wife enjoyed the fresh air while on the grounds. If you do not enjoy a look... More 

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Thank you for visiting La Citadelle! We believe that La Citadelle offers a great variety of activities for everyone who visits Quebec City. The R22eR history – and present since the garrison is still in operation, is definitely a big part of our mission, but one can also appreciate the exceptional views, the architecture and the ceremonies such as the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked from our hotel to the Citadel and viewed the ceremonial Changing of the Guard. It is a summertime activity that ended the week we made our visit. We talked with some of the soldiers and found them to be kind and interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plan to spend several hours. It will be well spent. Learned about the area and its people. The World War II museum was fascinating.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having already visited a military citadel in another Canadian City I wasn't too excited about our visit here but it was outstanding. The fort is very well set up for visitors; there are excellent views and a most interesting short movie which tells the history of the Citadel. Great views as well. Definitely worth a visit.

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