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COMPANIONS PROGRAM

We have put together an exciting companions program just for you which you are sure to enjoy!

Event #1 THE CITADELLE de QUÉBEC: A LIVING FORTRESS

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Citadelle 1

Day: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Time: 9:00am
Place: Hilton Hotel Foyer
Price: $24 transportation and taxes included.
Please contact patricia.ricci@csce.ca to register for this event.

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 East Casemate (1831), and the military prison (1842). 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 MUSÉE ROYAL 22RÉGIMENT

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.
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 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 Changing of the Guard takes place daily at 10 a.m. in summer on the Citadelle’s parade grounds. The Changing of the Guard has been a tradition at the Citadelle of Québec since 1928 except for a brief hiatus between 1939 and 1945. The ceremony features soldiers of the Royal 22e Régiment decked out in their scarlet regimental dress and bearskins as the “new guard” relieves the “old guard” after 24 hours of sentry duty at the Citadelle’s entrance. It is based on the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and is the only such ceremony in the province—a must-see experience for visitors to Quebec’s capital!

EVENT #2 – Double Decker Quebec City Hop on, Hop Off Bus Tour

Date: August 2nd, 2018
Time: 9:00
Price: To be determined
Please contact patricia.ricci@csce.ca to register for this event.

See some of the most popular sites in Quebec City at your own pace. Enjoy unlimited hop-on hop-off privileges at the city’s top sites. Explore one of the oldest cities in North America in the comfort a modern double-decker bus, with convenient frequent departures.

Stops along the city loop include the Place Royale, the original fur trading post that grew into Quebec City, the Observatoire de la Capitale with its panorama of city views and interactive historical exhibits, and Quartier Nouvo St-Roche, where the trendiest eateries and shops can be found.

Whether it’s the history, art, nature, fashion, or fine dining you seek, Quebec City has something for everyone. See it all as you take advantage of a convenient hop-on hop-off tour.

Stops include:

  • Place d’Armes
  • Quartier Nouvo St-Roch
  • Place Royale
  • Musée de la Civilisation
  • Marche du Vieux-Port
  • Centre des Congres
  • Observatoire de la Capitale
  • Musee des Beaux-Arts
  • Cartier Avenue
  • Quartier Saint-Jean Baptiste
  • Place D’Youville
  • Citadelle de Québec

EVENT #3 – Montmorency Falls


Date: August 3rd, 2018
Time: 9:00
Price: To be determined
Please contact patricia.ricci@csce.ca to register for this event.

Parc de la Chute-Montmorency is a few minutes from Québec City. Located between the river and the cliffs, it’s one of the province’s most spectacular sites. With its 83 meters high (30 meters higher than Niagara Falls), Montmorency Falls dominates the landscape. It can be discovered on foot, by cable car, or from the gourmet restaurant.  It’s an ideal setting for a stroll after a business meeting or a reception.

Montmorency Falls, the second most visited site of the provincial capital after Old Quebec. Discover an impressive and enchanting spot!