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“Night tour of La Citadelle -- watch your step!”

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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Reviewed October 7, 2013

We took the night tour (kind of a "ghost" tour) of La Citadelle on Friday night. It began at 7:30 pm, and it was dark by the time the tour began. We were met by a tour guide who began the tour conventionally, but all of a sudden a "ghost" of a British corporal appeared and demanded to finish the tour. It was a very informative and entertaining tour. The ONLY negative thing I have to say about it was that we were walking (in the dark) up and down stone stairs and across expanses of grass that were uneven and bumpy. Being part of the over-60 crowd, I would not have signed up for this tour if I had realized that in this historic part of Quebec City improvements like pathways and lighting are not permitted. The stone steps were sometimes broken, off-center, or uneven. It really was impossible to see where we were walking sometimes, and my husband stumbled and fell on a step at one point. If you have ANY issues with your vision or your walking ability, you should skip this tour and come back to the Citadelle during the day, when you can see where you're walking.

We were shown some very interesting features of the Citadelle, and we felt that this was a very informative tour. Because it was dark, we weren't able to take pictures. The guides who acted the parts of the various personalities we met were excellent.

The cost of the tour is $18 for adults and $16 for seniors. The tour begins in the Citadelle visitor center, where there is a very nice gift shop and restrooms. By the end of the tour, however (about 9:00 pm), the visitor center was closed.

One accesses the Citadelle by walking up Rue de Citadelle, a fairly steep incline but only about a five-minute walk.

Thank Mary S
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

It was a good occasion to visit the Citadelle by night. Just have to book tin advance. Really well done, lots of stories, we enjoyed our ninety minutes walk with great view of Quebec.

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Reviewed October 5, 2013

Very much enjoyed the tour. Take along your veterans card as I was able to get in free, The tour guide was very informative and knowledge

Thank aselen
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

My husband really wanted to see this fort while I was not particularly interested. That changed for me as we had a tour guide that was personable and knowledgeable. She was so delightful that the tour became informative and enjoyable! Many of the building can't be toured because the fort is an active military site. Amazing views from up there!

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

We took the tour of La Citadelle on a cool day and are so glad we didn't change our minds. We had a wonderful young woman as our guide who spoke English very well and had a delightful sense of humor.

We learned a great deal about the history of Quebec, the facility and the many battles for the city. Those who enjoy military history will love the tour. Those who don't will still enjoy the tour and the fabulous views in all directions. Lastly, you can walk around the outside of La Citadelle after the tour which is also worthwhile.

Thank HootieToo
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