La Citadelle, Quebec
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Address: 1 Cote de la Citadelle, Quebec, QC G1R 3R2, Canada
Ticket Price: 10 CAD
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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Battlefield, Tour, Walking Area, Historical Site, Performance, Fort, Military Area , Heritage Building
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About La Citadelle, Quebec
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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La Citadelle, Quebec Reviews
A key landmark to see if ever in Quebec City. Just ensure you take the walking tour (included in the museum admission price) otherwise you'll not get to see most of the fort. Dress appropriately for being outside for the tour and make sure you go with the one the speaks your language (English or French).
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.
I'd give this trip a higher rating if it were open. In all fairness it was very snowy that day and crews were working to clear the abundant snow. I'd recommend going during the summer.
Excellent tour guide and the displays in the additional buildings are interesting. Sounds like there is a little more to do in the spring and summer months (I was there early December) but still worth the reasonable admission. Entrance can be found by going up the road closest to the gate to old towne.
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.