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The Citadelle of Quebec is a sprawling military complex on the Plains of Abraham. An original piece of Quebec's defense since the 17th Century, the Citadelle is full of history from famous 18th Century battles to vital conferences in the 20th Century that helped determine the outcome of World War II.
It's a fascinating place to visit during the day, capped with a changing of the guard ceremony full of martial pomp and flourish. But did you know you can also visit this historical fort at night?
We've been to the fort during the day, so when we learned the Citadelle and Cicerone tours offers a special tour to visits after regular hours we didn't hesitate to jump aboard. The night tour, led by a British corporal, took us to parts of the Citadelle normally off-limits to day visitors.
Along the tour's trail through the Citadelle's dark passageways we met personalities from the fort's illustrious history who regaled us with stories about life in Quebec during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The darkness and low lighting provided a surreal and slightly spooky (though not scary for young visitors) glimpse into history that was enjoyable and memorable.
The Night Tour is $18 per adult, $16 for seniors, students and youth ages 11-17, and free for children under 10. The tour takes place rain or shine, and runs on select until the last week of October. For schedules, fees and reservations visit the Citadelle's website.