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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  • Wandered up the Citadel via the Governors Promenade trail that circles around the fortress. From there walked around the fortress until you get to the stairs heading back down to the terrace. This pla...  more »
  • The Citadel is the main defensive feature of the walled city of Old Quebec. High above the St Lawrence river it gives you stunning views of the city and surrounding countryside. It is also the second ...  more »
  • Antoine was the most passionate tour guide! It was so cold so I would not go in November. It is an active military base. The visit is well worth the time.  more »
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  • The museum is very interesting but you MUST take the walking tour (included in the price) or you will miss out on a ton of information and many of the buildings. Our tour guide, Antoine, was fantastic, informative and funny. (Be sure to tip your tour guide whoever it is. They do a great service.) The history of the facility is fascinating. Not only is the tour itself great but the view of the city is AMAZING from up there! Well worth the price of admission as well as the walk up.
  • Incredible bit of history here. The Citadel is still an active military base so you will have to go through security on your way in for the tour, and you must be part of a guided tour. No free roaming around the Citadel. Thankfully the tour is great. Our tour guide had an incredible amount of knowledge and was able to answer every question the group threw at her. The tour takes you around the Citadel and inside some of the historic buildings. There is also a museum on site with a ton of Canadian military history. All around a great time and value with some beautiful views of the river and old Quebec.
  • You have to get a ticket/tour to enter here, otherwise you can view the structure from outside the Citadel. On nice summer days it can be very busy and a bit hectic. You do feel rushed in certain places depending on your tour guide and the pace of tours going on. That being said it's a beautiful spot - an active military base - so you can still see training and the changing of the guards. I would say to try to go early and during the off season for best experiences. The views from the walls looking into Quebec and over the St. Lawrence are amazing!
  • We walked around the top. There were beautiful views in all directions. Also there were stairs leading around the lower fort and back to the main square. Great hike!
  • Worst experience in Quebec City. They don't inform you that unless you book a private tour then you're stuck in a group with over 100 people. They have two groups like that though. One in English and one in French. If they informed us of that we wouldn't have paid to go in. Fortunately they refunded us. Apparently you aren't even allowed to go sit on the grass alone, so if you're having a panic attack, low blood sugar, or other medical issue: tough luck. You have to continue on with the group. You're not allowed to just go sit by yourself and eat or calm down. Awesome..

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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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