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Citadel picture in Quebec City
The Citadel picture in Quebec City
Changing of the Guard picture in Quebec City
Citadel picture in Quebec City

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Québec City's Citadel (La Citadelle, in French) is the largest British-built fortress in North America; it took 30 years to construct. This military site has been active since 1850 when it housed British troops and the Canadian artillery. Today, the Citadel is occupied by the only Francophone infantry contingent of the Regular Canadian Armed Forces – the Royal 22e Régiment – who have called this structure home since 1920.

You can learn more about the Canadian Armed Forces at the on-site museum, which contains a notable collection of military artifacts. And if you visit around 10 a.m. between the end of June and the first Monday of September, you can witness the traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Although this Canadian National Historic Site still functions as a military base, tourists are welcome to participate in guided tours hosted by soldiers in the Royal 22e Régiment. And while it's not cheap, recent visitors said the experience of touring the grounds is worth the ticket price. Admission costs CA$16 for adults (roughly $12.70) and CA$6 for children 17 and younger (about $4.75); entry includes a guided tour, museum entrance and access to the traditional ceremonies.

You'll find the Citadel sandwiched between the southern end of Old Québec near Battlefields Park. The site is open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. May through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. between November and April. Visit the Citadel website for more information.

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#1 Old Quebec (Vieux-Quebec) Clustered around the city's harbor on the banks of the St. Lawrence River are the quaint stone buildings and narrow, winding streets of Old Québec. This historic neighborhood (and ... Read more » Onfokus / Getty Images

#2 Battlefields Park (Parc des Champs-de-Bataille) Anyone with an interest in colonial history should set aside some time to explore Battlefields Park. Sometimes referred to as the Plains of Abraham, this 267-acre strip of land just ... Read more » muchemistry / Getty Images

#3 Montmorency Falls Park (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency) Sitting about 9 miles northeast of Old Québec along the St. Lawrence River, Montmorency Falls Park attracts nature lovers and sightseers alike with its 272-foot waterfall. In case you can't imagine ... Read more » Philippe Marion / Getty Images

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#8 Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Sitting about 22 miles northeast of central Québec City, this stunning religious site in the small town of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré was first constructed in 1658; the current structure was built in ... Read more » Instants / Getty Images

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