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La Citadelle de Quebec

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Quebec City
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Address: 1, Cote de la Citadelle | Cap-Diamant, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4V7, Canada
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+1 418-694-2815
10:00 - 16:00
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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.

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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Tradition, history and view !

We went there with the chidren and, to be honest didn't know exactly what we'll find here. In fact we wanted to see the guards relief. Something like 5 minutes with some... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2016
Nantes, France
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Nantes, France
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

We went there with the chidren and, to be honest didn't know exactly what we'll find here. In fact we wanted to see the guards relief. Something like 5 minutes with some traditional and military moves with guards like the ones you can see in UK .... and in fact what we saw is a full ceremony with numerous guards... More 

Thank Nicolas_the_French
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

Great show. There is a similar one in Havana, similar being fortified city. There is a long guided tour after the show, part of the price. A lot to learn about the history of Quebec City.

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Lake Worth, Florida
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Reviewed 23 July 2016

We did both the governors home and the Citadelle tour. Very informative with high energy guides. We were hoping to see the retreat of the guards, but was cancelled due to jazz fest music checks, bummer. Go early morning at 10 to see changing of the guard.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 23 July 2016

This is really an unusual place. An old fort and still used by some Canadian military. We saw the changing of the guard (nothing special), the whole layout - it is a big area, and the military history museum which was most interesting. In the museum there are notes written by Canadian military from their various fronts over the years... More 

Thank Uncle_Spike
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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

During the summer months, there is a changing of the guard ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Great pomp and pageantry, even a goat--Batisse, the mascot of the Royal 22nd Regiment!

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 23 July 2016

The tour was a little different from what i expected. As the fort is an active military area, you must go with an escorted tour and are not allowed to wander freely. The tour was interesting and informative although I would have liked to spend more time in the regimental museum. Be aware that there are 2 distinct tours. One... More 

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Reviewed 22 July 2016

A guided tour is a must to appreciate all the historic buildings and to get a better understanding of the Canadian military. We wanted to see the changing of the guard but because it was Bastille Day, it was cancelled. We did however see the parade in another location

Thank Darlene43
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Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Gorgeous history in this young country, this is one of the few places in this country that you will see this kind of history.

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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

We booked our tour and arrived early. This allowed us to spend time in the museum before going on the tour (as it is a working barracks everyone has to book a guided tour). At $16, we thought the tour a little expensive, but we enjoyed it immensely as it gave us a great insight into both the history and... More 

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Guntersville, AL
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Reviewed 21 July 2016

Well done. Be sure to include the governor general's home. Built to repel American attack and completed I'm 1820. Must work? 22 nd regiment story quite compelling

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