La Citadelle2074 Votes Currently 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, Walking Area, Historical Site, Performance, Fort, Military Area , Heritage Building
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.
Entrance Ticket Details For La Citadelle
- 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 Hours
- Bilingual tours available from November to March 1:30 pm onwards.
How to Reach La Citadelle
- Boul. Champlain / au 101 (bus stop)
- Bello Ristorante
- Le Saint-Amour
- Restaurant L'omelette
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94.23% of people who visit Quebec include La Citadelle in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
85.39% of people start their La Citadelle visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see La Citadelle
83.76% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting La Citadelle
La Citadelle Reviews & Ratings
Definitely a must see in Quebec City! This fort has a very nice view, it's worth the tour fee. Our tour guide was lovely, and it was a nice 1 hour tour of some of the sites and buildings in the citadel. They have a nice small museum, with lots of information and history throughout. It's such a nice walk to this location, and the walk throughout as well. Definitely listen to and understand the history of the citadel and the 22e Regiment, there is some interesting and important things to learn here.
An impressive combination of historical building / structure (quite unusual in itself having a walled city in North America), active military facility, vice regal residence and museum. Primarily located at the end of the Plains of Abraham and atop Cape Diamond, it is hard to visit Quebec City and not see evidence of the citadel. Within the citadel, there is not too much to see of the current military activity, with access only via guided tour and most buildings not accessible even then, but a guided tour will provide a great introductory history. The extensive museum of the resident regiment's military contribution is also worth a visit
The tour is great. If you can get the tour at 11:30am I believe this will allow you to see the firing of the ceremonial canon at 12:00pm. This was practically worth the price of admission alone. Our tour guide was also great.
Great place to visit. I would recommend If you have a toddler try not to go at the 1130 or 1200 tour. They fire the cannon (artillery) at 1200 and the tour guide will stop and wait for it, which is to loud for a little ones ear. Other than that; great tour and a great understanding on the Canadian and a little of the USA history. Tour guides are great and funny as well.
It was a very good experience and were excited to witness the guard shift change ceremony! Kids loved the music! I understand that it is active location! Yet old age assistance can be better, making senior people to witness in hot sun can be improved and showing some humanity and respect to elders. They charge a fee for a missing customer service 😱🤔🤭