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La Citadelle de Quebec

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Address: 1, Cote de la Citadelle | Cap-Diamant, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4V7, Canada
Phone Number: +1 418-694-2815
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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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Changing of the Guard!

We visited early to witness the changing of the guard - this starts at 10am daily, and is included in your entry fee. This is followed by guided tours around the Citadelle. The... read more

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We visited early to witness the changing of the guard - this starts at 10am daily, and is included in your entry fee. This is followed by guided tours around the Citadelle. The whole experience was very good, and if you intend to visit it's definitely worth getting there earlier to see the changing of the guard. We didn't visit... More 

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This fort was built on the famous Plains of Abraham site of the 18th century battle that gave the British control over French Canada. There is not much in the way of battlefield history as there is in places like Gettysburg, but there is a small museum and there are guides. What makes this spot worth visiting is the fabulous... More 

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watch the changing of the guard if it is not raining. Plus the walkway from the plains of Abraham is amazing

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Get to the Citadelle before 10 a.m. to see the changing of the guard. Not something you can see every day. The Citadelle is reached only through a one way in and one way out roadway. If you choose to walk, the hill in is pretty steep. Well worth getting to if you are in Quebec. The views from the... More 

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The general public cannot walk through the Citadelle as this is a function military base. The only way to see it is by taking the tour of the establishment. They have English and French speaking tours. It takes approximately and hour and you get a nice history lesson during this time. I think it would be one of my top... More 

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By the time you watch the changing of the guards then take the tour of the citadel then visit the governor's house, it takes a few hours and as seniors for 13$ represents good value. Very worthwhile visit

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"Historic and Beautiful" The tour was very informative. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history. She was able to answer many questions any of us had. The tour in available in English as well. A must see!!!!

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Went to the Plains of Abraham and also did the walking tour of La Citadelle de Quebec which was very informative and well worth the time....so much history to take in as well as the Royal Regiment 22nd Battalion...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Saw the changing of the guards, very interesting and nice to see this colorful show including a military marching band. Took the tour, our guide was great, able to answer all the questions from our group. Museum is interesting, good overview of the R 22 R. Overall the Citadelle is an amazing place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a must stop during any visits in Quebec City. This bastion of history will amaze young and old. The change of the Guard is a sight to remember with precision drill and the Vandoo's marching band. All military personnel dress and deportment is second to none and you feel welcome the minute you arrive.

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