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La Citadelle de Quebec
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Ranked #8 of 210 things to do in Quebec City
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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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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

We had an excellent guide who told us about the history of Quebec and the fort. The guards are not there in the winter but we were able to go into several buildings.

Visited December 2013
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Fort Myers, Florida
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“It's a fort.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

The Citadelle is an historically important site. Situated high above the St. Lawrence, the views from it were both magnificent and militarily significant.
As I walk through the museum elements, noting the latest updates of the 22nd Regiment's presence in Afghanistan, I wondered when would we come to a day where memorials to young men's courage did not involve war.

Visited December 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Beautifully Preserved Fortification”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013

If you are a history/military history buff, then this place is a must visit for you. Easy parking, guided tours, a lot of places to explore on your own, great view of the city, and well kept facilities. Please bring hats/sunglasses on a hot sunny day, it is easy to get sunburned as you walk around.

Visited September 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Take the Guided Tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

The guided tour makes this visit particularly worthwhile. The tour is included in the entrance fee and you are guided to areas that are normally inaccessible to visitors. The tour is available on both English and French. The guide told us many interesting facts about the history of this active military base. Unfortunately the main museum is currently closed for renovations in preparation for the 100th anniversary in 2014 of the 22nd regiment (the Van Doos).

Visited November 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Interesting place to visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

If you have time in Quebec go and visit the citadel. My advise would be there are more interesting places to see in Quebec. Depends how much time yo have. Don't worry about a guided tour there is enough information in the photo gallery and that is nicely presented. Best way to visit the citadel is by walking up there and back, there are interesting places too see on the way there.

Visited October 2013
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