With its strategic view of the plateau west of the city and the St Charles River, Artillery Park National Historic Site is a complex of defensive buildings constructed by the French in the 17th and 18th centuries. The site also functioned as an ammunition factory, which employed thousands of Canadians as recently as the early 1960s.
Inside the structure, you can visit the officers' quarters, the mess hall, an iron foundry, and the Dauphine Redoubt, where guides greet you in period character (such as the garrison's cook) and give you the scoop on life in the barracks. There's also a huge model of Québec City in the old Arsenal Foundry. In the interpretive center, you can take a fascinating multimedia journey through the history of the site and Quebec City itself. In summer, gunfire demonstrations are held three times a day.