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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
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US$31.86 per adult
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Great tour and fabulous guide sharing history of the city in both English and French. A great way to spend a few hours our first day in Quebec City!!
Julie_N, Aug 2022

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.
star-4
Musee
Judith_L, Aug 2022
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Musee de la Civilisation was enlightening and beautiful. Bus was comfortable, but I could not hear the narrative so well; it was not loud enough.
star-5
A 'must do'
Lisa_P, Aug 2022
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
A 'must do' in Quebec city. We loved every moment and our driver was great! You can hop on and off or stay on the entire time.
star-4
Fantastic
Joseph_S, Aug 2022
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Got of at stop #4 , Place Royals and spent three hours walking around and had lunch. But unfortunately the last part of the tour…rained.. The bus driver was exceptional Got back on the bust on August 08 at 13:40
star-5
Great way to see the highlights
Dean_L, Aug 2022
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Enjoyed the automated tour guide info via provided headsets. The tour stayed on time and felt it was good value for the money.
star-5
Easy to navigate the...
LALOO_P, Aug 2022
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Easy to navigate the beautiful historical city. Guide is knowledgeable and best way know what we looking at
star-4
Beautiful and safe area
Maggie_S, Aug 2022
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
One criticism....stops should be labeled in posts with the stop #. Otherwise it's a beautiful, lovely city!
star-5
Good value!
Larry_P, Aug 2022
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Great way to get a quick overview of much of the historical city. Comfortable ride and informative narration.
star-5
Best way to see Quebec City.
Debra_H, Aug 2022
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Loved seeing all of the sites in Quebec City and learning about each site. Would not have been able to see everything on our own in one day.
star-5
Fun I the old town
Julie_D, Aug 2022
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Great to have a history story given while driving around the city Only problem is driver goes to fast to get pictures and drives too close to curb..we got hit several times from branches that we too long right in the face..some really hurt..1 lady got a cut on the face..
star-5
Ride on the hop on hop off bus
Roland_T, Aug 2022
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
The narrative audio. I learned about the city. Although it rained that day, we enjoyed the time on the bus, and learned some history of the city.
star-5
Greatly explained
Rafael_A, Aug 2022
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
I loved the Chateau du Frontenac and the Champlain. The tour was well explained and good idea of the headphones, although a live fun tour guide is always more fun than a recording
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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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