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The Citadelle of Québec is perched on a rocky bluff high above the St. Lawrence River. Constructed between 1820 and 1831 to defend the city against American invasion, the citadel has never actually been attacked. The fortress stands undamaged, still watching over Québec. Today, the citadel houses various museums.
Not many first-time visitors to the citadel realize that it is still in use: It’s the ceremonial home of Québec's Royal 22e Régiment and the official residence of the Governor General of Canada.
One-hour guided tours show you the buildings, bastions and other strongholds. Highlights include the regimental museum in an old military prison and an old French gunpowder storage room. Some nights during the high season you can tour the fort after dark, for a more spooky experience.
The museum’s collection covers more than 300 years of military history from the French colonial period onwards. Artifacts on display include campaign medals, World War I and II uniforms, flags, banners and historic weapons. Don’t miss the trench art, objects made from the debris of modern warfare.
Watch the Royal 22e Régiment perform the Changing of the Guard on the parade ground. This ceremony is held each morning from June 24 until the first Monday of September. On Saturdays in July and August you can also see the Beating of the Retreat, a ceremony with origins in the 16th century.
Located in the Upper Town, the Citadelle of Québec is within easy walking and cycling distance of major attractions, such as Battlefields Park and Dufferin Terrace. Bike racks are provided. If you are driving, you can park for free for up to two hours outside the fort. The entry fee includes the tour of the citadel and the Royal 22e Régiment Museum and ceremony admission. Children under 7 enter for free. The site is open daily, except on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
To tie in with the 100th anniversary of Royal 22e Régiment in 2014, a new museum is being added to the citadel site. Visit the Citadelle of Québec website for the latest information.
Located in Centre-Ville, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Martello Tower and Battlefields Park. Citadelle of Quebec and Place Royale are also within 1 mi (2 km). Quebec Palace Station is 23 minutes by foot.
Bounded by shops and restaurants, this heritage urban resort is situated on a bluff with views of the St. Lawrence River and Quebec City's Old Town, near the Gare Fluviale de Québec, and one block from a historical 19th-century fortress.
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Steps from Old Quebec and connected to the convention center by underground passage, this green hotel offers an ideal downtown location.
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In a renovated 19th-century building with dramatic modern decor, this boutique hotel is centered in lovely Old Québec, just 1 block from the St. Lawrence River and the Old Port.
A 5-minute walk from the Musée de l’Amérique Francophone and Artillery Park, Hotel Manoir Victoria is situated in the historic neighborhood of Old Quebec. A 15-minute stroll leads guests through the quaint Old Town to the waterfront, passing eateries and cultural sights along the way.