La Citadelle

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La Citadelle information

Location
Québec City , Canada
Address
Côte de la Citadelle
Fort
Telephone
+1 418 694 2815
More information
www.lacitadelle.qc.ca
Prices
adult/child $10/5.50
Opening hours
9am-5pm
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The dominating Citadelle is North America's largest fort, covering 2.3 sq km. Begun by the French in 1750 and completed by the British in 1850, it served as part of the defense system against an American invasion that never came.

Today the Citadelle is the base of Canada's Royal 22s (known in bastardized French as the Van Doos, from the French for 22, vingt-deux ). Founded in WWI, the regiment earned three Victoria Crosses in that conflict and WWII. Admission to the site is by one-hour guided tour, which takes in the regimental museum, numerous historical sites and a cannon called Rachel. Tours depart regularly, apart from between late October and early April, when there's only one tour a day at 1:30pm. A separate tour of the Governor General's Residence is also available.

The changing of the guard ceremony takes place at 10am each day in the summer months. The beating of the retreat , which features soldiers banging on their drums at shift's end, happens at 7pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during July and August. It's a small bit of Canadiana right in the heart of Québec.