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Citadel of Quebec (Citadelle de Quebec)
Citadel of Quebec (Citadelle de Quebec)

Citadel of Quebec (Citadelle de Quebec)

Free admission
201 Côte de la Citadelle, Old Upper Town, Quebec City

The Basics

Sightseeing and hop-on hop-off bus tours of Quebec City often visit the Citadel of Quebec, with guides providing commentary about its history and current role as a base for Canadian forces. Purchase a ticket to explore the National Historic Site and access the Royal 22nd Regiment Museum (Musée Royal 22e Régiment), where weapons, uniforms, and other military artifacts are displayed. French- and English-language guided tours of the complex take place at least every hour.

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Great tour learned alot about city and your guide was happy positive and addressed all language issues she made everyone feel important
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Recent reviews from experiences in Quebec City

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Awesome. Book Quebec HOHO today!!!
Carol_H, Jul 2022
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Awesome HOHO. Driver was great. Earplugs worked perfectly. Enjoyed it totally. Best Hoho ever and we have taken many, even in Europe. Great, clean city and totally enjoyed the Quebec tour.
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Great way to learn about the city and it’s offerings as a first day tour
dbuddine, Jul 2022
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Riding up top is the best way to do this. Great sites and great views for pictures Highly recommend doing this as your introduction to Quebec City
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Much longer than I...
Megan_M, Jul 2022
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Much longer than I expected but in a good way. Learner some fun facts and saw more than I expected. Highly recommend it when your feet are sore from walking
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Beautiful scenery and good way to the city.
Todd_P, Jun 2022
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Beautiful and informative tour. Make sure you leave early enough in the day because it stops running around 5 pm and you need to start at least a couple of hours before that, or longer if you plan to hop off anywhere.
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Wonderful!!
Maria_C, Jun 2022
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
My husband and I had a great experience. The stops were well-timed, and it was just right to be able to purchase a lunch during our wine tasting. Our guide Yves was a warm and generous guide, and full of interesting stories that enhance the way we think about Quebec and its history.
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Great overview/intro for Quebec City
Stephen_K, Jun 2022
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
A great way to see a very hilly city before setting out on a walk. The history on the recorded guide was good and the driver’s comments added to our knowledge. We did the whole circuit then decided where we wanted to get off and explore further.
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Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
MarionLambert_TripAd, Oct 2019
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Enjoyed the tour... organized, smoothly run and information. Quebec City is charming and a lovely city to stroll and visit.
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Odyssey754369, Oct 2019
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
The tour was fun and interesting. Lots of details were shared about the old and new city. All enjoyed seeing the historical sites
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Old Quebec City tour
Pugsey, Oct 2019
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Doug was our driver, gave a great deal of information that was not on the narrative. Rode from stop #2 all the way around on got off at #8 the second time. When we got back on several hours later at #8 we were fortunate enough to have Doug as our driver once again. Great day with his help!
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Fun tour
Steve M, Oct 2019
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
stops at all the highlights of the city tends to fill up near the cruise ship stop use of the same 2 music fillers on the audio gets to be a bit much
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Extremely convenient & informative
RetiredGramster, Oct 2019
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Our guide was fun & on time for all stops! He was very informative & added fun touches to the information.
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hassle free
travelwise4you, Oct 2019
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
We made many of our own reservations, independently from the excursions offered by the cruise line. Across the board going through Viator saved us on our costs. At one port we could not dock and it was not a problem getting a refund when we called from the ship explaining the situation. They are very helpful.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Citadel of Quebec is a must for anyone with an interest in military history.

  • A good portion of the tour takes place outdoors, so wear weather-appropriate clothing.

  • The citadel is wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The fort is set atop Cape Diamond (Cap Diamant), which overlooks the St. Lawrence River. Reach the citadel by car via Côte de la Citadelle (limited parking is available at the site). It’s about a 30-minute walk from Gare du Palais train station and a 20-minute walk from Chateau Frontenac. RTC buses (3 and 11) stop next to Côte de la Citadelle.

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When to Get There

Summer is the best time to visit: Tours are more frequent, the weather is warmer, and troops can be seen performing special ceremonies. Changing of the Guard ceremonies take place daily at 10am from June 24 through Labour Day in early September, while Beating of the Retreat ceremonies run at 5pm on Wednesdays in July and August. Nighttime tours by lantern take place from June to October.

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Regimental Ceremonies at the Citadel

The Changing of the Guard marks the handover between the previous sentries on duty and the batch of troops taking over for them. Officers inspect the troops, with the military band providing music and the well-behaved mascot, Batisse the goat, also taking part. Meanwhile, the Beating of the Retreat marks the end of the day and sees guards assemble on the parade square to fire rifles. Troops wear bearskin hats and red regimental coats during both ceremonies.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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