Experience Canada’s history through fun and engaging learning packages in the heart of Old Québec!

The Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle, the Musée Royal 22e Régiment and Parks Canada have partnered to offer a series of interactive and educational activities for students aged 8 to 18. During this field trip, students will take part in tours and workshops that have been designed according to age groups, with activities selected specifically for grades 3 to 6 (primary schools) and grades 7 to 12 (secondary schools). Students will discover military history and architecture as well as the role of the governor general of Canada and how it has evolved over time.

These educational packages provide a full day of planned activities, with space available to break for lunch.

We look forward to greeting you!

This package will be available starting May 2022.
Price: $11,25 per student;
Reservation required: online or by phone 418 648-7016
Languages: Offered in french and in english 
Capacity : 2 classes – 1 bus (September to April) and 4 classes – 2 bus (May to June)
CHOICE #1 : CITADELLE OF QUÉBEC - MUSÉE ROYAL 22e RÉGIMENT
Primary: The Impressive Fortress

Duration: 60 minutes
Location: Primarily outdoors: guided tour with a few stops at historic structures
Description: 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 the St. Lawrence River. Click here for more information.

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Secondary: Guided tour of the Citadelle of Québec

Duration: 60 minutes
Location: Primarily outdoors - guided tour with a few stops at historic structures
Description :The guided tours of the Citadelle will reveal over 300 years of history! Join our passionate guides as they take you through 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 the St. Lawrence River. Click here for more information.

CHOICE #2 : THE RESIDENCE OF THE GOVERNOR GENERAL AT THE CITADELLE
Grades 3 and 4: On Your Excellency’s Secret Service – Mission: New France
Duration: 60 minutes
Location: Indoor educational activity
Description: This activity is based on the famous Clue™ board game and helps students explore the State rooms of the residence in search of clues to solve a mystery. This educational, interactive and fun mission is designed to complement lessons students learn in class about the New France period (1608–1760). Click here for more information.

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Grades 5 and 6: On Your Excellency’s Secret Service – Mission: Responsible Government

Duration: 60 minutes
Location: Indoor educational activity
Description: This activity is based on the famous Clue™ board game and helps students explore the State rooms of the residence in search of clues to solve a mystery. This educational, interactive and fun mission is designed to complement lessons students learn in class about the British period (1763–1848). Click here for more information.

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Secondary I to V (Quebec) or grades 7 to 12 (elsewhere in Canada): Escape Room – Code Name: Citadelle

Duration: 60 minutes
Location: Indoor educational activity
Description: The parliamentary buildings are under siege! The Canadian State is on alert. We need your help to recover encrypted documents hidden in the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle. These documents are essential to restoring Canadian sovereignty. Your knowledge of Canadian history, geography and culture has prepared you well for this mission. Are you ready to take on this challenge?  

CHOICE #3 : PARKS CANADA
Primary: Private Vadeboncœur’s Great Game
FORTIFICATIONS OF QUEBEC NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Duration: 90 minutes
Location: Outdoor guided tour and educational workshop (alternate location in case of rain)
Description : On the way to the Esplanade Park, students will be introduced to soldier life. They will visit the barracks first, and then become apprentice experts of Québec’s defensive system and will be able to identify the various components of the fortifications. Finally, they will take part in the re-enactment of a battle between the French and the British. Who will emerge victorious? Click here for more information.

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Secondary: Guided tour
SAINT-LOUIS FORTS AND CHÂTEAUX NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Duration: 90 minutes
Location: Outdoor guided tour and indoor educational activity
Description : On the way to Dufferin Terrace, students will discover unique viewpoints that will help them understand the historical and military importance of Québec. They will also learn about the diplomatic activities of the French and British governors who lived in the Château Saint-Louis. Retrace more than 200 years of diplomatic history with the First Nations from relations with the Huron-Wendat Nation, learn more about the governors and Huron-Wendat diplomats, and find out about the alliances between these nations at the very place where decisions that left their mark on North America were made. Click here for more information.

 

PREPARE YOUR VISIT

Q: What are the conditions for visiting the Citadelle of Québec and the Governor General’s residence?
A: The Citadelle is an active military base as well as the Governor General’s residence. Tours may therefore be shortened or cancelled due to official ceremonies. Please take note that largebags and backpacks are not allowed inside the Governor General’s residence.

Q: What health measures are in place to curb the spread of COVID-19?
A: Wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory for all visitors during the guided tours inside buildings. Physical distancing of 2 meters must be respected at all times with the guide. Hand washing is mandatory at the entrance of the visited buildings. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and self-isolate. Teachers and their groups must follow the health measures in place during their visit. You will receive an email, few days before your visit, with the updated measures of Parks Canada and the Citadelle of Québec.

Q: Is the tour offered in case of rain?
A: The proposed activities take place indoors and outdoors. Tours take place during rain or shine. Make sure you bring weather appropriate clothing.

Q: How are the prices for this package broken down and what do they cover?
A: The price of the package includes activity fees for the Citadelle of Quebec (6$) and Parks Canada (5,25$). There is no entrance fee to the Governor General’s residence. Teachers, agency guides and the driver accompanying the group are free of charges. The other accompanying adults (parents) benefit from the same rate as the students (11,25$) if they do not exceed the ratio of one adult for 5 students. For those exceeding this ratio, the adult rate will be applied (18$).

Q: Where do the visits included in the package begin and end?
A: If the tour begins at the Citadelle of Québec, the driver is requested to leave visitors at the drop-off area of the Citadelle, located at the top of Côte de la Citadelle. A guide from the Musée Royal 22e Régiment will welcome you there.
For primary groups, the tour will end at the Esplanade Park, near the Esplanade powder magazine (100 St-Louis street).
For secondary groups, the tour will end at the on the Dufferin Terrace. There is a drop-off area next to the Château Frontenac on St-Louis street.

Q: Where are the school bus parking lots near the visited sites?
A: When booking, you will receive more details about the start and end location of the activity. Your visit may start at Parks Canada or at the Citadelle of Québec. After dropping off visitors near the start of the activity, the bus driver may then go to a designated parking lot as seen on this map.

Q: What is the cancellation policy and the associated fees for this package?
A: To avoid penalties, reservations must be canceled within 7 days prior to the visit. The cancellation must be made directly with Parks Canada (by email or at 418-648-7016). A penalty of 100$ will be billed if the cancellation takes place less than 7 days before the visit.

Q: How long before the visit should we be arriving?
A: The group should arrive on site 10 minutes before the scheduled time of the tour. Please take note that the first tour will be shortened if you arrive late.

Q: What are the forms of payment accepted ?
A: Payments can be made on site the day of the visit. Otherwise, you will receive an invoice taking into account the actual number of participants and the payment can be made later by credit card or check (Billing).

Q: What does the dining area look like?
A: The dining area at the Citadelle can accommodate up to 60 people. Groups of more than 60 people will use a room provided by Parks Canada. There is no equipment for heating meals in the dining rooms. Please plan a cold lunch.