Quebec's long, snowy winters are a symbol of the province, and the annual Montreal Winter Olympics, with the world's largest ice rink, the Montreal Ice Arena, is one of our highlights every year.
In fact, I'd say that after just one day of exploring Quebec, it's easily a week longer than any other city I was in Quebec. I don't think there's ever been a better time to get out of the city centre than in autumn. There's something about the beauty of everything, and you can actually walk around. The Maison de la Mer library is on Instagram for a reason, but if you're visiting in the autumn, make sure you visit.
Quebec has about 1 million lakes and waterways, more fresh water than any other province. Quebec has over 500,000 lakes, rivers and streams and more than 1.5 million hectares of land.
Quebec produces more than 1.5 million tons of agricultural products annually, the country's second-largest after Ontario.
Quebec is home to a vibrant culture that plays an important role in attracting visitors from all over Canada and the world. Immigrants from more than 100 countries come to Quebec every year, contributing to the province's multicultural character and boosting its economy. Quebec is also the second largest French-speaking city in North America, after New York City.
The province has a population of about 3.8 million, compared to 700,000 in the capital, Quebec City. Other major cities along the St. Lawrence River, which connects Quebec and Montreal to the Atlantic Ocean, are Montreal, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Laval, St-Etienne-du-Rivieres and Saint Laurent.
The Canadian Shield covers more than four-fifths of Quebec, which includes the provinces of Ontario, Quebec City, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador. Quebec borders to the west on the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Atlantic Canada and the United States. The cities of Quebec, which stretch from Montreal on the banks of the St. Lawrence River to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Saint Laurent, Laval and Saint-Etienne-du-Rivieres, are located in the "St. Lawrence Lowlands." Quebec has behaved similarly to other provinces in Canada, making it the second largest province in terms of land area after Ontario.
The province offers an extremely high quality of life and there are many cabin connections near Old Quebec. There is nothing wrong with spending an afternoon in a candy store outside the city. The cost of living in Quebec is below the Canadian average, especially in terms of housing costs. Average earnings in Quebec are higher than those in Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the United States, but below the US average.
Canadian dishes inspired by the French can be found in many of the city's restaurants, as well as in some of its tourist attractions. Quebec is the largest French-speaking region in the world and is inhabited by nearly eight million people, half of whom live in Montreal and Quebec City. In fact, the number of French-speaking regions is different from anywhere else on the continent. Half of Quebec's eight million people live outside Montreal, more than half in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Ontario.
After Canada's accession in 1867, French-speaking Quebec remained deeply conservative and traditional, culturally and economically isolated from the rest of North America. Quebec City is much more unified with a population of more than 1.5 million, or about one-third of the total population of the province.
Today, Quebec City is the only walled city in North America and is home to half a million people. Greater Montreal is a metropolitan area of 4.5 million people, including nearly half the population of all provinces of Canada and Quebec. While a century ago the majority of Quebeckers lived in rural areas, today 80% of the population lives in urban areas. In the vast St. Lawrence River, which cuts off southeastern Quebec from the Atlantic Ocean, a large majority of Quebeckers live near the border with the United States.
This coastal settlement was originally built by building a bridge over the St. Lawrence River in the early 17th century. It was the route that the first European explorers used to enter North America, and a group led by Samuel de Champlain was to build a settlement on its eastern side 70 years later.
The Constitutional Act of 1791 created Upper Canada and Ontario, both of which were largely Anglophone. Quebec was to become one of the four founding protocols of Canada in 1867 and was united into a federation by the Constitution Act, 18 67. The 1891 Constitutional Act also created a separate province of Quebec, which was to be united with the other four provinces of the Federation.
Quebec was romantic, historic and cosmopolitan, and in the early 16th century it was home to many of the world's most famous explorers, including Jacques Cartier, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Louis XIV of France and Louis XVI. Quebec, on the other hand, would be the first area of North America explored by Europeans, and the place where Vianne's journey begins in France.