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We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Changing of the Guards & Plains of Abraham

18 July 2013

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

So Impressive

22nd Regiment Band

Changing of the Guard

Don't They Look Handsome?
With Batisse

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

My Turn
Kitchen in Tower

Supply Room

Powder Room

John at the Entrance

Fountain in Park

Black Squirrel


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.

1 comment:

  1. You guys are having such great experiences!!
    We are planning on spending August in Colorado where it is cool!