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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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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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An interesting tour. My 7 year old was a little bored but me and my boyfriend thought the tour was interesting. There is some great views of the city at the end of the tour so... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2016
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Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

An interesting tour. My 7 year old was a little bored but me and my boyfriend thought the tour was interesting. There is some great views of the city at the end of the tour so bring your camera!

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Reviewed 17 June 2016

I visited the citadelle in June. I decided for the two tour guides for the residence and for the citadelle. They are both done from young staff that clearly shows lack of experience but the place and the view from the residence is amazing. Really interesting the museum about the regiment.

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Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

Great place for history buffs. There are several tours available for a fee & 1 free tour, of the quarters. You need to ask for it specifically. You also need a guided tour as it is an active military base. Changing of the guard procession during season.

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Reviewed 16 June 2016

A look at Canada's history that was designed to keep all enemies at bay. This was a marvel in its day of planning, strategy, and execution. A marvellous example of colonialism made to work! What a wide variety of guns and fire-power.

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Reviewed 16 June 2016

The Citadelle is the highest point in Quebec City. As well as an interesting tour of what is also a working military base you have access to superb viewpoints of both the St Lawrence below and Chateau Frontenac. Although the tour takes you inside various buildings, it is an event that of course needs a dry and clear day. Main... More 

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Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

I visited when I was a child and wanted to go back to see if I would enjoy it as an adult. Still a good experience, took the guided tour. Great views from lookouts over St. Lawrence river.

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Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

The walking tour provides you with the perfect bAckdrop and transported you back in time to understand the magnificent structure!

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Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

We walked the length of the wall around the city. Very cool views of the river and Quebec. Definitely worth looking at and getting some pictures

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Reviewed 14 June 2016

The Citadelle is being used by the military so when you go for your tour they won't let you into any of the buildings. The tour guide shows you pictures of what is inside the building while you stand outside it looking at a door and stone wall. We walked around like a heard of sheep seeing NOTHING but pictures... More 

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R22eR, Responsable des relations clients at La Citadelle de Quebec, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for taking time to write a review on our museum. We are sorry that your visit appears to have been so unpleasant. We are aware that visitors are anxious to discover what is inside the buildings of the Citadelle. However, several of them have been designed as work space for the military and are not accessible to... More 

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Reviewed 14 June 2016

In understanding the history of Quebec a visit to the Citadel is a must. The 1 hour guided tour is informative as you walk round the area which is still militarily occupied so the tour is the only access to the main buildings. There are good artefacts as well and one grits a good view of the strategic position. Be... More 

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