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Quebec, interesting facts about Quebec, Canada

Quebec is the largest province of Canada. It lies in eastern Canada and covers an area of 594,860 square miles. It was the first French territory in North America but the British took over the area in 1763. Today about four out of every five people in Quebec are descended from French settlers, and Quebec is the center of French-Canadian life. Most of Quebec's people speak French and are Roman Catholics. The province has French newspapers, theaters and schools.

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Quebec, interesting facts about Quebec, Canada

Most of Quebec's growing industries are powered by hydroelectricity from dams such as this one on the province's many rivers (click to increase image)

The map shows the location of Quebec province (click to increase image)

The 7,886,108 people of Quebec live mostly in the south of the province. More than three quarters of them live in cities or towns. Many of Quebec's cities and towns stand on either side of the St Lawrence River, which flows through the southern part of the province. Montreal (see Montreal, facts about Montreal), Canada's largest city, and Quebec City, the province's capital, both stand on the St Lawrence River.

Important manufacturing industries use the province's many natural resources. Some industries process food and drinks, and others make textiles and clothing. Vast forests cover about three-fifths of the province, and lumber is made into pulp, paper and newsprint (paper for newspapers). Quebec's many rivers provide hydroelectricity for homes and industry. Quebec is Canada's largest producer of electricity. The province contains many rich deposits of minerals. It produces about half of the world's supply of asbestos. Other important industries connected with minerals are oil refining and aluminum smelting.

Farming in Quebec is mostly confined to the St Lawrence lowlands, which are bordered by mountains. The Canadian Shield covers nine-tenths of Quebec. This rocky plateau is generally cold and infertile, but it is rich in minerals.

The first settlement in Quebec was established by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1608. This settlement became Quebec City. In 1867, Quebec united with Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario to form the Dominion of Canada.

City of Quebec (interesting facts about Quebec, Canada) – population of Quebec City is 491,142. It is the capital city of the province of Quebec, Canada. It is an important seaport on the north bank of the St Lawrence River, 160 miles downstream from Montreal. The city was founded in 1608 by Champlain, on an Indian settlement. The name is believed to come from the Indian word 'Kebec' meaning 'the river narrows here'.

The city is unique in North America as the only fortified town, parts of the upper town still being encircled by walls. There are many good hotels in Quebec with the rich history. The Citadel is the Governor-General's summer residence. It was used in World War.

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