Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle, Quebec City

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  • August 10, 2017
    A Governor's residence are from the time of the new-France. The first french and British governors resided at the time at the Château Saint-Louis. You can also visit the remains of the castle under the Dufferin Terrace. Later, the residence of the Governors General of the province of Canada will be installed at the wood-Coulonge Park. Finally, the last historical building will be built at the citadel in Quebec City in 1872. Today, he serves as second home and workplace to the Governor general of the Canada, the Honourable David Johnson. He will be replaced in a few weeks by Julie Payette. We participated in a tour with Alexander, a jovial young man with a great sense of humor. We visited the first historical building and the new building that integrates very well with the old. The interior design and the remarkable collection of works of art in the two buildings is somehow that we have the impression of a museum. The tour helps us to better understand the role of the Governor general, the Canadian role of Queen Élisabeth and the role of the Prime Minister through our political system. We are governed by a parliamentary democracy and that neither the Queen nor the Governor general are involved in the decisions of the State. The Canada is a sovereign and independent State. Queen Élisabeth II is the sovereign and head of State of the Canada. The Governor general, meanwhile, is the Queen's representative in the Canada. The Governor general is nonpartisan and apolitical. It represents Canada abroad, awards honours and awards. Everyone has the right to his opinion but, it must be admitted that the sixteen members of the Commonwealth realm countries are part of a political system that works well and where the common values of equality, non-discrimination, the rule of law and especially of the 'democracy' are respected. Another advantage to be part of the Commonwealth *, is that you can appeal to the local British Embassy consular assistance if there is no Canadian Embassy on-site. Collections of the Residence the residence features furniture and works of art highlighting Canadian culture. Modern furniture alongside the old furniture. Contemporary or modern works of art in addition to the design of the residence. We had a crush for painting "The 1943 Quebec Conference" and surprised to see a Web of Jean-Paul Lemieux dating from 1977. Easily recognized the paintings of Lemieux, where he painted faces in uncluttered landscapes. And for those who already went to Ottawa, you'll see that the landscape is far from reality. We liked see the ceremonial hall where the bravery medals are awarded and where are honored to Canadians. And what about the dining room during official ceremonies. Wow! And the canopy! He must admit, it is the terrace of the Governor General, who is the most beautiful terrace in Quebec City. Schedule: you can visit the residence of June 24 to labor day, every day, between 11: 00 and 16: 00. Outside this period, check their website. Duration: 60 minutes free anytime if the Governor general is present, you can visit some parts of the building. The site may be inaccessible during official ceremonies. So, check before travel you. We attend the Citadel and if there is availability a guide gives you a required sticker for the visit. * Commonwealth: association of some 50 countries (sovereign States) including 16 countries that are monarchies with Élisabeth II as head of State.
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  • July 10, 2017
    A tour of this residence (the only home of the Governor General outside of Ottawa) is a free add-on to the Citadel. Tours are small and the guides are very good. It was impressive to be in the home of...  more »
  • June 26, 2017
    Hands down make sure your on a Tour with Anne Florence! She has been guiding for 4 years now and knows her stuff. Anne was very knowledgeable, funny and related to the group amazingly well. We were bo...  more »

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