The Citadelle of Québec: A Living Fortress

Guided tours of the Citadelle reveal over 300 years of history. Join our guides to explore this fortress—an active garrison of the Royal 22e Régiment—and delve deeply into this National Historic Site with its impressive architecture and spectacular views of the city and St. Lawrence River.

A legacy to discover

Nicknamed the "Gibraltar of America", the citadel was built between 1820 and 1850 and is the largest British fortress built in North America.

It is located atop Cape Diamond (Cap Diamant), the highest natural point in the area. Find out about its critical role in the city's defence system. Your guide will take you back to the French Regime and return to the present day with stops at historic structures like the Cap Diamant Redoubt (1693), the French powder magazine (1750), and the military prison (1842)1.

Why did Québec City have to have a fortress? What explains its shape, like a star when seen from above? What goes on within its walls today? These and other questions will be answered along the way.

The modern Royal 22Régiment Museum

Guided tours of the Citadelle include a self-guided tour of the new Royal 22e Régiment Museum. It is a modern interactive museum in the historic East Casemate, at the entrance to the citadel.

Permanent exhibition "Je me souviens"

"Je me souviens" relates the 100-year-long history of the Royal 22e Régiment, the Canadian Forces' sole French-language regular force infantry regiment. Find out about the lives of the French-speaking soldiers who have served in its ranks, from 1914 to the missions in Afghanistan.

Visitors will enjoy an interactive experience, all the while exploring the architectural heritage of the fortress and the regiment's history through interviews, video archives, and interactive battle maps.

The Museum is also hosting a temporary exhibition.


The Honour and Memory Medals Gallery 

The Honour and Memory Gallery shines a light on the mysteries surrounding military medals, presenting a collection of over 300 sets of medals with photographs and biographies of their owners.

The Museum is certificated accessible by    keroul-picto-a 

Useful information

  • Guided tours are in English and in French.
  • The Changing of the Guard runs from June 24 to the first Monday in September and is included with tour admission.
  • Reservations required for groups of 15 people or more.
  • Citadelle and Museum discounts are available for groups of 20 or more.
  • A tour booklet is available in several languages (Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin, and Japanese).
  • Made-to-order tours are available for businesses and groups.
  • Dogs are not permitted inside the citadel with the exception of guide dogs for the blind and service dogs.
  • The Museum accepts the Tourist and Leisure Companion Sticker (TLCS).

Every day



1 hour


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