La CitadelleCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: 1 Cote de la Citadelle, Quebec, QC G1R 3R2, Canada
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: 418-6942815
- Ticket Price: 10 CAD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Battlefield, Tour, Walking Area, Historical Site, Performance, Fort, Military Area , Heritage Building
La Citadelle - Review
North America’s largest fort, the Citadelle was built under the leadership of the duke of Wellington in anticipation of an attack from the Americans after the war of 1812; by the time the construction was completed the attacks had stopped for quite some time. Since then, the fort has been served as a base for military and is still occupied by troops, even today.
The exterior of the fort, reminiscent of a star shaped fortress was declared a national historic site and is home to Quebec’s Royall 22e Regiment. You can only visit through a guided tour, which provides access to the citadel, its 25 buildings, a museum that is housed within the former powder house and the prisons.
From the last week of June until the first Monday of September, there is an elaborate Changing of the Guard Ceremony that goes on for 45 minutes.
La Citadelle Ticket Prices
- Students and Senior citizens- CAD $9 and children (7-17 years)- USD 5.50.
- Children under 7 years of age are entitled to free entry.
La Citadelle Opening and Closing Hours
- Bilingual tours available from November to March 1:30 pm onwards.
How To reach La Citadelle by Public Transport
- Boul. Champlain / au 101 (bus stop)
Restaurants Near La Citadelle
- Bello Ristorante
- Le Saint-Amour
- Restaurant L'omelette
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Things to Know Before Visiting La Citadelle
95% of people who visit Quebec include La Citadelle in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
78.32% of people start their La Citadelle visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see La Citadelle
76.2% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting La Citadelle
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La Citadelle, Quebec Reviews
Do not leave Quebec City without visiting the Citadel and taking a guided tour. Put this on your list of top 3 things to do here. Historically and currently significant and visually beautiful. Recommend going at 9 AM when it opens to take the first guided tour of the day and beat the crowd. Tour is 1 hour long. Ends just in time for the elaborate daily changing of the guard ceremony at 10 AM. Then go to their excellent museum and spend time there. Learn and reflect.
Got to see this place on a nice day, great views and cool history. Though you don't really get to see much of the buildings without paying for a private tour. The general tour basically gets you access to the large inside area where they hold ceremonies at specific times of the year. Overall the tour was good, and the guide spoke both English and French. His English was very good, and he was a very knowledgeable not only about the Citadel but other parts of Canada too! There is also a beautiful view off one of the cannon sites that makes for a great photo spot.
We loved learning about the citadel. Be careful in the jail my 6 yr old son ran right into a lock that was sticking out of the wall and hit his eye and got a black eye because it is so dark he was walking along side me. They were so helpful and gave him ice And a popsicle!! The tour guide was knowledgeable and quite comical and that is hard when English is not your first language. This was so interesting to learn about and we loved watching the changing of the guards that happens daily at 10am and is about an hour if I remember right. The goat is the best part. This is a must see and a tour of the Chateau which is available,apparently it is rumored that they stopped doing it but we went in the chateau tour and it was amazing!!
If you are interested in authentic Quebec, the Citadel is one those wonderful places that truly is the "real thing". The buildings embody what was "high tech" in the 1800s. Being a citizen of the US, it was fascinating to hear the tour guide describe how my country had once been considered to be the aggressor (somehow that wasn't taught in American schools!). All round, this was our favorite Quebec experience.
Great to enjoy the changing of the guard and an informative and well judged museum to the Royal 22nd Regiment with some interesting exhibits. Be aware this is an operational military base and you can’t simply wander around - 1 hour long guided tours depart regularly which is the only way to see the full citadel. Plan on taking a tour or seeing the changing of the guard if you pay to enter otherwise the fee is too high to justify the modestly sized museum alone.