Beating of the retreat


Unique in Québec! (CANCELED)

June until August – on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m.

The Beating of the Retreat is based on a European tradition dating back to the 16th century. It signals the end of the day’s service and the closing of the fortress gates. Guards, wearing full regimental dress with scarlet tunic and bearskin hat, assemble on the parade square to lower the colours to the sound of rifle fire and the Canadian National Anthem.

The Royal 22e Régiment Band provides musical accompaniment.



Included with Citadelle-Musée Royal 22e Régiment’s admission.



30 minutes


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By Phone: 418 694-2815

  • There is no Beating of the Retreat on July 1 because of official ceremonies for Canada Day.
  • The ceremony may be cancelled due to bad weather or for operational reasons.