La Citadelle

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  • 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

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.

  • 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.

  • Bilingual tours available from November to March 1:30 pm onwards.

  • Boul. Champlain / au 101 (bus stop)

  • Bello Ristorante
  • Le Saint-Amour
  • Restaurant L'omelette

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  • La Citadelle Address: 1 Cote de la Citadelle, Quebec, QC G1R 3R2, Canada
  • La Citadelle Contact Number: 418-6942815
  • La Citadelle Timing: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • La Citadelle Price: 10 CAD
  • Best time to visit La Citadelle(preferred time): 11:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit La Citadelle: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Quebec include La Citadelle in their plan

  • 85.39% of people start their La Citadelle visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see La Citadelle

Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday

83.76% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting La Citadelle

People normally club together Parliament Building and Quartier Du Petit Champlain while planning their visit to La Citadelle.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • We had a wonderful tour guide for the outdoor experience and tour. This is still an active military base - one of which the individuals still speak French on base. The indoor museum is also very fascinating. Be sure to check it out as it is included with your ticket for the tour. Be sure to see the timeline of one the guns on display in the museum and look at the carvings and the history of that particular weapon.

  • Went in the winter, i believe it would be much better in the spring or summer where you can actually see the changing of the guard. It was decently expensive $16 just to see inside of two buildings. The only option is a guided tour. They say it is an active military base as the justification. So those of us who are looking for more of an off the cuff adventure are clearly out of luck.

  • An historic location at the Citadel of Quebec. From the top of the hill you can see the St Laurence River and it’s easy to picture the British fleet waiting to capture the city. The Citadel is both a museum and the home to a military unit. You can have tours and walk through the grounds. Have a look around the whole area as there are many sights to see that aren’t inside the fort. There is parking inside the Citadel and outside near the entrances.

  • Definitely worth a visit if you're visiting Quebec city. The Citadel is still an active military post, so you can only visit it with a guide, but tickets are cheap, the museum has a lot of Canadian Military history and there are some beautiful views from the Citadel walls.

  • Fantastic Views, but windswept and quite a hike to find the entrance from the riverfront walkway. There is no signage to tell you that the only entrance is quite a hike up around and behind the Citadelle. It is best approached from the streets behind in Old city not from the Chateau or the Riverfront unless you are up for a very strenuous hike! Other than that, quite an interesting fort structure that never saw live action.

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