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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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The guided tour was excellent, such an interesting construction and still in use as a military base.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The guided tour was excellent, such an interesting construction and still in use as a military base.

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Our tour guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The views were spectacular. The museum had lots of information. Money well spent.

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Having access to an active military base is quite unusual. This is a most interesting historical location in the history of Quebec Province and modern day Canada.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The one hour tour was very interesting and we learned many details that aren't readily available in the history books. Our guide, Nick, was knowledgeable, friendly and funny. He kept some of the restless kids (and adults) on the tour entertained with lots of questions and facts. Although the weather turned nasty 3/4 of the way through we still saw... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Museum of the 22e Regiment is excellent. The tour of the Citadel, less so. They make a big deal about how it is still an active military base but in name only. There are 80 soldiers quartered there some 9 months out of the year, and 150 in the summer in order to perform the changing of the guard... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We understand that it's still a military base but The Citadelle would have felt so much more vital if you had let the visitors see some mock-ups of quarters, or had some vivid recreations. If you've seen other Canadian forts like Fort York, Fort George or Fort Henry, you know what to expect.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wasn't sure I'd bother going to the citadel, and then when I saw the admission price I was extra skeptical, but I decided to visit the gift shop and ended up deciding on the tour. The museum (admission is included with the tour) is quite something. Very moving. And the tour was great -- not too long, interesting enough,... More 

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I highly recommend visiting this site in Quebec. It is steeped in history. You can walk the area and ramparts on your own, but the tour is a great way to get the full package presented by trained and enthusiastic tour guides. They can answer any questions you may have about the Citadelle de Quebec. Tours in French and English.... More 

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I really enjoyed my tour of The Citadelle it was interesting, informative and a great look back into the past. My guide Melanie also did a great job.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be sure to take the guided tour to really gauge the scale and learn the historical significance of the Citadelle. I'd recommend visiting the Plains of Abraham museum before the Citadelle (about a 10-minute walk between the two).

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