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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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Quebec City: Double Decker Express Tour
Quebec City: Double Decker Express Tour
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$30.99 per adult
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Lovely tour! Very...
Lovely tour! Very informative, key landmarks to see and visit. Best way to see quebec city in 1 hour.
KAREN_A, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Quebec City

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Nice selection of sites...
Karen_H, Nov 2021
Quebec City: Double Decker Express Tour
Nice selection of sites in the city, the chateau and old neighborhoods were especially nice representations of old Quebec City
star-4
Very good and interesting trip
Verllie_J, Oct 2021
Quebec City: Double Decker Express Tour
The guide explaining all the important aspects of Quebec City and also personal experiences. Too bad it wasn't a very good day weather wise..
star-5
Double decker bus tour
Jan_H, Sep 2021
Quebec City: Double Decker Express Tour
Made a reservation at the last minute but no problem getting a seat on the double decker bus. Excellent tour guide and worth the cost!
star-5
Excellent way to see Quebec!!
John R, Jun 2019
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
We haf never bern to Quebec before, so decided to book the hop on hop off and it didn't disappoint. Buses were clean, comentary was via earplugs & in 10 different languages. The sights were amazing snd the information provided was superb.
star-4
Good overview but
popandsas, Oct 2018
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Two hour tour was very good but busy times can mean a long wait. 60 min wait plus 2 hour tour did not allow us to use the hop on/off feature. It was worth it though to see all of the tourist areas for an overview. Buses clean, employees nice/efficient, and tour very complete. Just bad luck to hit the busiest weekend time. We did see empty buses as our vacation progressed and recommend M to F use if possible.
star-5
Spectacular View from the bus
Ramneek_K, Sep 2021
Quebec City: Double Decker Express Tour
Loved it like loved it.. He drove perfectly, was very humble and I loved the bus, comfy and made such that you can see the spectacular view, the course they selected for the tour couldn’t be more perfect than this.
star-5
Very nice, quick tour
Alison_L, Aug 2021
Quebec City: Double Decker Express Tour
Nice, quick tour of Quebec City. You definitely hit the high point of the City. Make sure you pick the correct channel for your language preference when plugging in the head set.
star-5
A great Bus Tour
Dan_T, Aug 2021
Quebec City: Double Decker Express Tour
An excellent experience for a family from Toronto exploring Quebec City The bus driver and tour guide were knowledgeable
star-5
Quebec Hop-on and Hop Off Tour
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
star-5
Amazing
Jo_M, Aug 2021
Quebec City: Double Decker Express Tour
We had a great time. Guide was knowledgeable and the experience was really great. I. Any believe I never visited QC city before. I’ll definitely visit again. And recommend this tour to anyone
star-5
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.
star-5
Very informative
Denyse_M, Aug 2021
Quebec City: Double Decker Express Tour
Tour guide was very informative & knowledge.Appreciated that he was bilingual. Loved the view from the upper deck. Saw many areas of Quebec City that we wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise. Highly recommend this tour.

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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