Up early for the 1000AM Changing of the Guards at the Citadel.
Another hike up and this time I brought plenty of water.
The ceremony takes 35 minutes and takes place from the 24 of June until the first Monday in September at 1000AM on the parade ground. It involves inspection of the guard, music by the 22nd Regiment Band and the mascot Batisse. History tells that the Shah of Persia gave Queen Victoria a goat in 1884 and Batisse is an ancestor of this goat.
The changing of the guard can only be seen in London, Windsor, Ottawa and Quebec. It was started in 1928 and suspended from 1939 until 1945.
|Start of Ceremony|
|Cannot Get Enough Goat Photos|
|Batisse & Major Goat Guard|
|22nd Regiment Band|
|Changing of the Guard|
|Don't They Look Handsome?|
|Posing with the Guard|
This is definitely worth seeing.
We then walked over to the Plains of Abraham..no nothing to do with the bible, but about Abraham Martin who used the plains to graze his cattle.
It is also known as the Battlefields where the British defeated the French for control of Quebec in 1759. The Plains were ceded to the city of Quebec in 1908 and the park today is used for relaxation, sports, concerts and festivals. Several of the Martello towers remain and museum.
We took the Plains of Abraham tour. The guide pretends to be Abraham and gives a very interesting commentary. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Visitor Center.
|Martello Tower 1|
|Info Plaque on Tower|
|Aimed at St Lawrence|
|On The Punishment Horse|
|Kitchen in Tower|
|John at the Entrance|
|Fountain in Park|
|Abraham Tour Guide|
After the tour we walked to the Artillery Park and eventually down to the ferry. Fortunately it was downhill. Stopped for Gelato and boarded the ferry.