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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. To visit La Citadelle de Quebec and get the most from your holiday in Quebec City, create itinerary details personal to you using our Quebec City trip planner.
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  • Great tour for a great price! We learned a lot about La Citadelle and why and how it was built. Interesting that the British built it in case of an invasion of la ville de Quebec, but it was never... 
    Great tour for a great price! We learned a lot about La Citadelle and why and how it was built. Interesting that the British built it in case of an invasion of la ville de Quebec, but it was never...  more »
  • This national historical site was originally a fort and still an active military compound. It’s located close to the Plains of Abraham where the French lost Canada to the British. From the citadel... 
    This national historical site was originally a fort and still an active military compound. It’s located close to the Plains of Abraham where the French lost Canada to the British. From the citadel...  more »
  • The best of any of the Quebec City tours that I attended in Sept 2022. This was an exceptional tour. The tour of the Governor General's Residence was comprehensive and should not be missed. Plus... 
    The best of any of the Quebec City tours that I attended in Sept 2022. This was an exceptional tour. The tour of the Governor General's Residence was comprehensive and should not be missed. Plus...  more »
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  • A must go if you are in Quebec city. There is a lot of history here. The entrance is hard to find but once you make it in you're transported back in time. The guards and bare skin hats are on century and you can see them fire off a cannon everyday at noon. The museum where you buy tickets gives you a nice background on the citadel but the tour led by wonderful staff is definitely the highlight. Our tour guide was informative and very funny. Make sure you get free tickets to tour the governor general's quarters after your main tour. It is definitely worth going to see. We were lucky enough to only be in a group of three people.
  • Gorgeous view. The heaviness of history comes upfront with the walls and canons. The blue sky feels so close while the walls are so high. The green lawns are well maintained. What a great place to go.
  • It's a nice place for the views. You have to sign up for the tour if you want to go inside as it is an active military base. The tour is one hour long and is engaging on the history of citadel, the regiment and its current usage.
  • Highly recommended attraction in Quebec City. Loved the tour. We did both the Citadel tour and the Governor’s quarter tour. Beautifully kept site and well trained staff with great story telling. At the end of the Governor’s quarter tour (free), we got to go to the terrace to take in the view. Breath taking and educational at the same time. I will remember!
  • Had a very good, hour-long tour today, guided by Dominique, in English. He led me around some of the museum exhibits, then out onto the grounds, describing the buildings and relating stories about the 22nd Regiment’s service and members. Saw inside the prison and the chapel and had a wonderful lookout over the old city and river.

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