N. Graddon What Do You Have To Know 2015-05-20
For those of you who have never had a chance to visit Canada’s province of Quebec well you do not know what you are missing. here are a few quick facts about Quebec to get you going;
- Jacques Cartier was the first explorer to touch down in Quebec in 1535, then known as Stadacona.
- The Province of Quebec was founded in the Royal Proclamation of 1763
- main industries: agriculture, manufacturing, energy, mining, forestry, transportation
- population of Quebec 7,903,001 as at the 2011 census
- area of Quebec 1,356,547.02 sq. km (523,765.73 sq. miles)
- the name Quebec comes from the Algonquin word Kebec meaning narrow passage or strait
- the capital city of Quebec is Quebec City.
- the largest city in Quebec is Montreal
- Canada/Quebec has the second largest French speaking population in the world
Most people spend time in Quebec visiting its two famous cities of Montreal and Quebec City. But beyond the city scape lies treasures that entice the traveler into finding the beauty of the landscape and its small towns.
Meet in Tadoussac and voyage down the Saguenay river and view the whales frolicking in the water.
Go north of Montreal and see Mont Tremblant, a world famous ski and golf resort.
Go east of Montreal and see the 6 hills unique to the Quebec landscape and in the world.
Go east of Quebec City to Perce and see it famous rock.
For the fisherman, Quebec has the most fresh waters lakes anywhere in the world.
Cruise the St Lawrence river from Montreal to Quebec City and see history unfold as you go.
Definitely get to the capital city, Quebec City. There are many landmarks to see including Chateau Frontenac and the Plains of Abraham. Ride the funicular from the lower city.
Then go to Montreal, Quebec’s largest city and Canada’s second largest city and get to all the sites. Montreal held the 1976 summer Olympics and the stadium still stands today as a tourist attraction. Ride the Lachine rapids on one of the many boat tours.
Facts about Montreal
- Montreal is an island in the St Lawrence river.
- Montreal is the second largest French speaking city in the world behind Paris.
- Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada and only second to New York in North America
- Montreal was named after its hill Mount Royal or Mont Real in French
- Montreal is the home of ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization)
- Montreal has an Underground City which is a series of interconnected tunnels beneath the city that run for over 32km. The tunnels connect shopping malls, over 2000 stores, 7 metro stations,universities, banks, offices, museums, restaurants and more.
- Montreal is home to the Cirque du Soleil
- Montreal is the first North American city to have been designated UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity in 2006
So as you can see there is lots of interesting things about Montreal to know and see.
Montreal is just 30 minutes from the United States border. You can drive south from Montreal to Boston or New York in about 5-7 hours. Toronto, Canada’s largest city, is 5 hours west of Montreal.
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