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“Changing of the Guards - A Must See”

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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“Changing of the Guards - A Must See”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

We really enjoyed the Citadelle Changing of the Guards. Get there early to get a good view of the parade ground. There is a military band with precision marching during the guard changing ceremony. Be sure to bring your camera. After the ceremony I suggest walking down the Promenade des Gouverneurs starting just outside the South Citadelle wall and following a high cliff above the St. Lawrence River North into Old Quebec. Great views of the city and the river.

Visited August 2012
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“military history”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

truly enjoyable if you are a military fan... well presented and interesting, I could appreciate the value of what I saw, but I , personnally, tend more towards the arts. Still, a major educationnal value

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“See the changing of the guards”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

The citadel is easy to access and very well looked after. The young guide was knowledgable, very proud of her history and approachable, handling a large group of people from different countries with ease. The changing of the guard was much more accessible than the equivalent in London, England.

Visited August 2012
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“For history buffs”
Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

As other reviews have mentioned, this tour is excellent for history buffs. Tours are offered in both French and English. Our tour guide was absolutely excellent. Disappointed that there was no changing of the guard in winter and that we didn't get to see the goat.

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“Good for military buffs, history lovers”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

I enjoyed our tour of the Citadelle. We went in winter, so there weren't many people around; our tour only had two other people on it.
I found the tour interesting, and the guide provided a lot of good information, but if you're not fairly interested in military matters, I wouldn't recommend doing the tour. You get a couple of nice views of the surrounding areas, but other than that it's a lot of history and well done but not particularly impressive museums.
That said, if you DO like history, it's very interesting, and well worth doing. The explanation of the powder house was fascinating.
If possible, I recommend getting there before noon, so you can see/hear the noon gun. We barely missed it, which was disappointing.
It's probably better to visit in the summer during high season; as I said, we went in December, and there was no changing of the guard or any other activity. The place seemed pretty shut down.

Visited December 2012
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