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Citadelle of Quebec (La Citadelle de Quebec), Quebec City

Citadelle of Quebec (La Citadelle de Quebec), Quebec City (must see)

Often called “the Gibraltar of the Americas” on account of its strategic location, the star-shaped Citadelle of Quebec, built between 1820-50, is the largest British fortress in North America and forms part of the the city's ramparts. Though it never saw any action, the Citadelle continues to be the official residence of the Royal 22e Régiment, the only Francophone infantry regiment in the Canadian Forces Regular Force. An on-site museum, completed in 2014, commemorates the regiment's centennial anniversary, starting with the early days and Québec's most important battles and continuing up to the modern day involvement in Bosnia and other UN missions. One exhibit is dedicated to the war heroes of the 22e Régiment who fought in World Wars I and II, summarizing their duties, showing personal artifacts, and in one case showing a spy's various identity cards.

Why You Should Visit:
To take beautiful panoramic photos of Quebec with a clear view of Château Frontenac and Saint-Laurent river.
The grounds tour is quite informative and the museum has a diversity of memorabilia from various battles and wars.
The World War II exhibit is impressive given it has something most have never seen – since all similar items were destroyed.

Tip:
Be advised that the location is an active military installation and you can't just wander away during the tour or stay behind for extra picture taking after the tour is over.
If possible, go for the Changing of the Guard – you'll see a beautiful procession including the fort's mascot, a goat. The ceremony is held from June 24th to Labour Day, daily at 10am.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am–5pm (May–Oct); 10am–4pm (Nov–Apr)
Guided tours are available in English and in French all year

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Citadelle of Quebec (La Citadelle de Quebec) on Map

Sight Name: Citadelle of Quebec (La Citadelle de Quebec)
Sight Location: Quebec City, Canada
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Quebec City, Quebec

Create Your Own Walk in Quebec City

Create Your Own Walk in Quebec City

Creating your own self-guided walk in Quebec City is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historical Houses Walking Tour

Historical Houses Walking Tour

Often referred to as the cradle of New France, Québec City has one of the richest architectural heritages in North America and is particularly evocative of Europe in its atmosphere. Most of the city's architecture, however, had to be adapted to harsh winters and the lack of specialized workers and materials in the colony; as such, most houses were designed as simple and efficient before...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Museums and Galleries

Museums and Galleries

Head indoors and take in some of the numerous museums during your visit. Given Québec City's remarkable history as the fortress capital of New France since the 16th century, there are many things to learn about the life of early settlers and the most important battles. The museums featured on this self-guided walk each tell the story in their own way, allowing for a a well-rounded view of...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Old Quebec Walk

Old Quebec Walk

If you have a desire for European ambiance, Canadian or French culture, New World history and great food, Old Town Québec City has them all. The Upper Town, built on the cliff, has remained the religious and administrative center, and the Lower Town complements it to form one of the best examples of a fortified colonial city. From the cobblestone streets and venerable greystone...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Quebec City Introduction Walk

Quebec City Introduction Walk

The province of Québec is a place all its own; a country within a country with its own traditions, architecture, and language. Perched on a cliff above the St. Lawrence River, Québec City is the soul of the province: the first city to be founded in Canada, the seat of the Québec government, and the self-proclaimed "Capitale Nationale".

The historic landmarks and 17th-century...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Top Religious Sites Walking Tour

Top Religious Sites Walking Tour

The first religious buildings in Canada were established by Récollets and Jesuits in 1615 and 1625 when they first arrived to "New France". Later on, the colonists brought French culture and architectural traditions. The establishment of British and evangelical society brought major developments to Quebec City. Here is a list of some of the most alluring divine attractions to visit.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles