Canada Travel Guide
Canada Travel Guide
Canada Travel Guide - Quebec

The Citadelle of Quebec, Musée Royal 22e Régiment

The Citadel is the largest British fortress built in North America. A unique location, it is an active military garrison, some of whose walls enclose 300 years of military history in Quebec City spanning the French, British and Canadian periods. Allow

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(Museum, Tourist Attractions)
La Citadelle of Québec is the most important fortification built in Canada under British rules. It was designed according to a defence system developed by a French military engineer named Vauban and built under the supervision of Lieutenant-colonel Elias Walker Durnford. The construction of the outer walls began in 1820 and it took 30 years to finish its construction. La Citadelle is in the shape of a four-pointed polygon, with each point forming a bastion and covers 37 acres. It contains two buildings constructed by the French and numerous others very well preserved.

During the summer, the Royal 22e Régiment performs traditional military ceremonies like the Changing of the Guard. Soldiers in scarlet uniforms are accompanied by the Regimental Band and by «Batisse», the regimental goat.
The Changing of the Guard takes place daily from June 24th to the first Monday of September, at 10 a.m.
Beating of the Retreat every saturday of July and August, at 6 p.m. This activity takes place at La Citadelle. Ceremonies can be cancelled due to bad weather or operational consideration.
 

 
How to Contact
The Citadelle of Quebec, Musée Royal 22e Régiment
1, Cote de la Citadelle
Quebec, G1R 4V7
Ph: 418 694-2815
Fax: (418) 694-2853
Web: website
Email: send email
 

 
Opening Hours
Open year round at seasonal hours
Closed December 25 and January 1

May to September: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
October to April: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Groups must make a reservation at all times.