La Citadelle de Quebec is a European style "star" fortification that overlooks the strategic heights over Quebec City and the Saint Lawrence River.
Military bastions there have existed in various forms since the 1600's, defended by both the French and British. The imposing works that exist in their present form were built to defend the vital waterway from the feared territorial ambitions of the United States.
Today, it is the headquarters of the Royal 22e Infantry Regiment. The historic unit is notable for both it's royal designation and the fact that it is manned by French speaking soldiers.
In keeping with the traditions of the British Army, during the warmer months of the year May through October, the unit conducts a changing of the guard ceremony promptly at 10 am, with a similar ceremony for retreat at 4 pm.
My wife and I were lucky enough to view one of these occasions, and these are some of the photos we were able to take during this colorful event.