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La Citadelle de Quebec, Quebec City
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Visit the oldest military building in Canada, La Citadelle de Quebec, and absorb 300 years of rich history. Take a tour of the citadel to learn about its role in the colonial past. You'll discover the reasons for the structure’s intriguing "star" shape, and delve into a museum filled with uniforms, weapons, and other artifacts. Be sure to keep your eye on the citadel's schedule during the summer months, as the site holds many interesting events, including the opportunity to visit at night. If you enter after dark, you'll come across notable figures from the citadel's past and hear them recount the tales of their times. Put La Citadelle de Quebec into our Quebec City tourist route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Typical military fortification, no more history, you have to pay to see the Museum military of a regiment Canadian, recommended for those who like the parades you can see the classic changing of the guard. We do not enter
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  • The citadelle is a fortress that was essential to the wars between the English and French for dominance of the city. Goes up a lot to get to her, and, upstairs, if you have a beautiful view of the city. There is a guided tour, we didn't do it because of the weather, but it is worth going up so much if it is to make the tour.
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  • Close to the battlefield Park. I just saw because it was paid to go inside the walls of the fortress can be seen from the outside. Did not stay long so not interested so much in the history of the war, and the atmosphere was sad. For men I wonder?
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  • Old Fort with lots of history. The guide on the English tour we had was very knowledgeable and funny which kept things entertaining. The views from the far corner of the wall are stunning
  • The citadel is an active base so you have to take a tour to even get on the premises. There are actually two tours here however. One is of the Citadel itself which is limited to the restored exhibits in the barracks, jail and armory. It is the best way to see the changing of the guard, although that doesn't start until mid June. It is also a good way to see the firing of the cannon which takes place at noon daily. There is a second free tour which is not well advertised which also allows you access to the grounds. It is the tour of the governor general's premises. This tour was far more informative in the history of Canada and its system government. The tour guides for this tour were very knowledgeable. The house itself is full of interesting Canadian art work and worth seeing for the great views of the city and river alone.
  • Two tours offered. The military tour interesting with a history of the citadel and the 22nd Paras. The free tour of the Governer Generals official quarters was not to be missed. There Is a ceremony of the changing the guard at 10 am and 5 pm included with the paid tour. The video of soldiers experiences from Afganistan was worthwhile.
  • The tour was interesting for the history of the fort and the muesem did a good job to cover the history of the Canadian armed forces. Nothing was mind blowing but it was all insightful.
  • Not just about the goat. Though the goat's pretty cool. You can walk around the edges at any time. Perfect place for views of the city. That being said, I would recommend paying for the tour as the experience of the citadel is a bit superficial without it. Changing of the guard ends after Labour Day in September though. I will miss that goat.