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Places to See

La Citadelle

Both the French and British armies contributed to the building of this magnificent fort. The French started construction in 1750, with work completed in 1831 by the British.

The purpose of the fort was to defend Quebec against an American attack that never came.

Today the fortifications are a pleasant walkway that provides a tour around the star-shaped fortress. The Citadelle is home to the famous French Canadian regiment the Royal 22e (Van Doos). Because the Citadelle is still a working military barracks, visitors can see the regiment perform their daily tasks as well as their parade drill.

Sights At A Glance

The Fortifications From the mid-19th century, the Citadelle served as the eastern flank of Quebec City’s defenses.


Cap Diamant is the highest point of the Cape Diamond cliffs, from which the Lower Town descends.

Governor-General’s residence This splendid mansion with its double central staircase and marble hall has been the official home of Canada’s governors-general since the 19th century.


Trenches around the Citadelle have always been key defensive structures.

The Vimy Cross was erected in memory of the Canadians who fell at the WWI battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917.

Chapel A key part of the fortress, this private chapel used to be a British powder magazine and is now used for ceremonial purposes.


Cape Diamond Redoubt The oldest building in the Citadelle, the Redoubt dates back to 1693 when it was built under the leadership of the French Count Frontenac as a first citadel for Quebec. Now home to relics of war, the Redoubt offers fine views of the St. Lawrence River.


Changing of the Guard, Parade Square Every day from June to Labour Day, the Changing of the Guard takes place. The ceremonial dress of the 22e, scarlet tunic and blue trousers, is of British design.


The Barracks As a fully operational military site, the barracks is home to Canada’s most dashing regiment, the 22e, who fought with bravery in both world wars.


The Prince of Wales Bastion contains a now disused powder magazine. Built in 1750, it once stored 2,388 barrels of gunpowder.

Dalhousie Gate One of the original structures remaining from the 19th century, Dalhousie Gate is surrounded by portholes and gun fittings. These helped the four-pointed fortress to cover its north, south, and west flanks with defensive fire.



. Changing of the Guard

. Dalhousie Gate