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La Citadelle de Quebec
Ranked #21 of 186 things to do in Quebec City
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Owner description: The Citadelle is an active military garrison and a National Historic Site located on Cap Diamant. Its construction began in 1820. Its walls enclose 300 years of military history spanning the French, British and Canadian periods. Guided tours of the site and the Musee Royal 22e Regiment are open year-round. Ceremonies of the Changing of the Guard and Beating of the Retreat are presented in summer and included in the entrance fee. Night tours in summer and fall seasons. Permanent exhibition "Je me souviens" relates the 100-year-long history of the Royal 22e Regiment, the Canadian Forces' sole French-language regular force infantry regiment. Learn about the lives of soldiers who have served in its ranks from 1914 to the missions in Afghanistan. Audiences will also enjoy a special exhibition every year and have access to an interactive experience exploring the built heritage of the fortress and the regiment's history through interviews, video archives, and interactive maps of battles.
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

La Citadelle is a must-not-miss site in the old city. Because it is an active military installation, visitors cannot enter without a tour guide, although you can walk around the outisde freely. . .and the view is beyond magnificent. The guided tour is excellent. . .Romy, our tour guide, was knowledgeable, engaging, and really funny. The tour takes an hour, but there's plenty of time to ask questions and take pictures. Another bonus: tours are offered in French or in English so visitors have a choice of taking the tour in whichever language they feel most comfortable.

1  Thank Linda C
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

This is a brief hour tour of the citadel, with incredible views, and history. If you’re a history buff, I highly recommend. Ties into the start of the country, and WWI. Really cool complex to tour in. I did not get to take any pictures, as it was raining.

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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed visiting La Citadelle. We did two tours. We absolutely loved the tour of the residence. ( and when they mean tour the residence, it is not of the military barracks, it is for the Governor General’s residence) It was informative and interesting and free! The general tour of the grounds was a bit boring for us. You did learn about the history and If you want access to the grounds, you have to be on a tour. You have to remember that it is an active base . We had a huge tour group together for the general tour because there were not enough guides due to all the school groups that had come. The museum was okay, not a lot to see and part of it was being redone. You need to visit La Citadelle while you are in Quebec City, but remember the more interesting tour was the residence tour!

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Reviewed 24 June 2018

This is not the most interesting fortress, but it certainly represents an interesting bit of history and is well worth a visit. Be sure to sign up for the tour - without a guide, most areas of the fort will not be accessible. The fort museum is worth a visit as well.

1  Thank Irina p
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

We walked here after visiting the Observatoire de la Capitale and bought tickets after we arrived. We were in an English speaking tour group with a young woman guide who was very knowledgeable and entertaining. It was in the off season before they have the changing of the guard. After we finished the Cidatelle and Museum tour, we decided to go on the Residence of the Governor General Quarters Tour which was included in the price. That was a great tour also!

On the way out, we saw our Citadelle guide working the entrance/exit gate, so the employees must take turns doing different jobs throughout the day.

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