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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  • August 16, 2017
    An informative look at French Canadian history. We were affected by how little we actually knew of the French Canadian Regiment and their significant role in our military past. The tour guides, the gr...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Tour guide very knowledgeable. It lasted approximately one hour. Just walked the grounds and only entered into two buildings. Was hoping to enter a few more building so disappointed. Free to anyone wh...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Entry paid $ 36 for 2 adults and 2 children package family visit to the Museum, really very well. Changing of the guard at 10, to see. Guards with goat, Batisse the mascot with military band and inspection of the company by an officer and then an hour guided tour with very good explanations, guide Laurence at the top because I was afraid to get bored and this was not the case .easy on the eyes view of Quebec.
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  • July 1, 2017
    The changing of the guards ceremony was very long, but interesting nonetheless. The museum inside is also intriguing, but we didn't get a guided tour because of timing issues. Would have loved an audio tour. Especially fond of the goat, Sgt.Batissé XI, and his golden horns. Recommend this place for its view. Come at 12:00 to see a cannon fire!!
  • June 15, 2017
    The experience was horrible. Our tour guide was racist, annoying and anyone of colour felt threatened. She had the most annoying voice that I have ever heard. She gave us useless information that no one cared about. She couldn't speak English properly. She raged often and threatened to get a soldier to injure us. I would highly not recommend this place and if you come avoid this tour guide at all costs. PS If I could I would give this zero stars
  • June 29, 2017
    Great piece of Canadian history. Just as interesting in my late 30,s as it was in grade 5! Our only complaint is the lack of signage. We spent an hour and lots of money looking for parking, then realized when we got inside the compound that there was free parking inside.
  • June 23, 2017
    What a wonderful experience provided by my hosts. Great atmosphere, view and venue for everything we did. Well worth the visit.
  • June 13, 2017
    We did the guided tour which is definately worth the $16. The last tour is at 5pm and its pretty much all outside with 2 miniature museums that can only be accessed with a guide.

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Where to stay in Quebec City

Most accommodations cluster on the west side of the St. Lawrence River, with the city's split-level old town offering the widest range of options and best access to top attractions. Stay in the upper town to be close to the castle and enjoy views over the river. What the lower town lacks in panoramas, it makes up for in historic charm and access to riverside cafes and restaurants. If you want a less-touristy experience, consider the up-and-coming neighborhood of St. Roch, whose cafes, bars, restaurants, and artistic spaces make it an alternative traveler's paradise.
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