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Facts About Quebec

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Quebec is a large province in Canada, whose capital city is called Quebec City. The province and city is a popular tourist destination for people who visit Canada. French is the main language spoken in Quebec, and the name Quebec comes from a native word meaning “the place where the river narrows”. The city also is nicknamed “La Belle Province”, which refers to the beauty found in Quebec especially the landscape. If you’ve never been to Quebec or if you don’t know anything about Quebec, the following may surprise you.

Location of Quebec in CanadaLocation of Quebec in Canada.

Facts and figures

The people of the province add up to over 8.155 million (2013), and the largest city in the province is Montreal. Quebec is about 1,542,056 km2 (595,391 sq mi) and occupies about 15.4% of Canada. Quebec, founded on October 7th, 1763 is the largest province by area and the second most populous province in Canada after Ontario. Throughout the entire province of Quebec, the majority of the people speak French, but other languages are spoken including English and Italian. Historians believe that people settled in from various different countries including France, Britain, Italy and Asia.

Official flag of QuebecOfficial flag of Quebec.

What’s unique about Quebec?

Well, for starters, Quebec have over half a million lakes and 4,500 rivers. Quebec has one of the world’s largest reserves of fresh water, totaling 12% of its surface. Quebec holds 3% of the world’s renewable fresh water but only has 0.1% of the world’s population.

Land and climate

Part of Quebec is inhabited by the Appalachian Mountains in the southern region. There are many large rivers in Quebec that come from the mouth of some of the Great Lakes. There are lush forests on what is called the Laurentian Plateau. The weather tends to be warm and slightly humid in the higher elevations, but in many of the main cities the weather remains at a comfortable average.

Coat of arms of QuebecCoat of arms of Quebec.

Interesting fact

The oldest woman, Julie Winnefred Bertrand, was born and died in Montreal, Quebec. She lived to an impressive 115 years old when she died in 2007.

Famous people from Quebec

Many celebrities hail from Quebec including William Shatner and Celine Dion. There are many other celebrities from Quebec that paint, are musicians, and actors.

Winter carnival

A big, Mardi Gras-like celebration takes place every year in Quebec. The event brings many tourists to the area, and it is also a big event with the locals. The event was created to liven up the people during dead of the winter. The event takes place in February similar to the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans.