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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.

Facts and Figures

The people of the province add up to over seven million, and the largest city in the province is Montreal. 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 Britain, Italy, and even Asia.

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.

An Interesting Fact

The oldest woman in Canada was born and died in Quebec. She lived to an impressive 117 years old when she died in 1998.

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.