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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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“Interesting tour”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Great views overlooking the St Lawrence and Levis, interesting history and museum pieces. Ours was an English speaking tour, but the Tour guide was Russian and a bit hard to understand. He seemed to have a hard time understanding our questions too. Definitely recommend if you're interested in the history of Quebec and the Citadelle.

Visited October 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“In Quebec City? DO THIS!”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

This place, and the tour, explains WHY Quebec City is where it is, and what it is.

Kind of hard to get here. The easy solution is to take a cab. No fun. The more interesting solution is to walk up here from Upper Old Town. A rather long, up-hill, walk, but very interesting and, besides, it is GOOD FOR YOU! At peak times there is also a little railway that will bring you up, but not when we were there (October).

One can only visit this place with a guide, and the guides are great! Separated by language (French, English and, on some tours, other languages) the guides know their Citidel and the history behind it. They also, apparently, don't take tips(?!?!).

The view from the walls are worth the price of admission, but the rest of the tour does explain Quebec...from both the British and French points of view.

Do it again? In a minute!

Visited October 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“A glimpse of history”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Enjoyed a cold afternoon walk around this historical site. Guided tours are $CA10 for adults (but the timing wasn't quite right for us - lunch took priority!) A new museum will be opening soon in time for the Citadelle's anniversary so there will be more to see shortly. For the time being don't miss the stunning view over Quebec harbour.

Visited October 2012
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“History, architecture and views”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

We had a great tour, Alexandre really knew what he was talking about. In about 45 minutes we covered many of the buildings and learned a lot.

Visited October 2012
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“Pretty cool place”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

We went on a blustery day and most of the tour is outside of the actual buildings so save this for a nice day if possible. The tour guide was great and really knew the history and told the citadels story quite well. They also let you go into the citadel museum. If you travel to the citadel between June and Labor day you will also experience the changing of the guard which I am told is quite a spectacular. Sadly we were here in October but nontheless quite enjoyed this place/tour.

Visited October 2012
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