If you have always wanted to visit Europe without actually going to Europe, then come to Quebec. Quebec is Canada’s most unique and historical province. They have delicious food, they are French (but their French is unique and not quite the same as French from France), they are proud, and tell it like it is. They have tried to separate twice from Canada and failed. Canada has no desire for Quebec to leave as you will soon discover why with these 21 cool and fascinating facts about Quebec below.
1. Quebec is the largest province in Canada.
2. Quebec now has an estimated population of around 8.5 million people; making it the second most populous province in Canada only behind Ontario.
3. In 1813; the United States attempted to invade Quebec, and failed.
4. Quebec’s official motto is: Je me souviens (I remember).
5. Quebec is the only province to be ruled by both the French and English. France gave it up after losing to Great Britain.
6. Half the population of Quebec lives in the GMA (Greater Montreal Area).
7. Quebec has the second largest economy in Canada, an economic powerhouse. It is Canada’s leader in industries such as Aerospace, dairy products, and pharmaceuticals. Many large Canadian companies were founded and have headquarters here.
8. Canadian companies have headquarters in Quebec.
9. Quebec produces the best smoked meat in Canada.
10. Despite is very strong economic output; Quebec receives some 13 billion from the federal government’s “equalization” program. The most of any province. The program is designed to assist certain provinces with financial aid.
11. Its capital city is Quebec City.
12. Many cities in Quebec have distinct European feel to them, making Quebec the “most European” province in Canada. When people say “if you want to experience Europe without going to Europe, go to Quebec”… they are right.
13. The largest city in Quebec is Montreal; a world renowned city and one of the best cities in the world.
14. Quebec is the Canada’s only French province. The only official language in Quebec is French.
15. Quebec was one of the first provinces in Canada to join the Canadian confederation (1867); in other words… it is one of Canada’s founding members.
16. The provinces of Quebec and Ontario used to be one giant province known as “The province of Canada” before getting divided between the English speaking and French side.
17. Although it is a founding member, the province of Quebec (its leadership) has always had a strong desire to separate and become its own unique country twice; May 20, 1980 and October 30, 1995 – people voted against it. Basically the government of Quebec wants the benefits a sovereign country has AND the benefits of maintaining ties with the rest of Canada, and continued use of the Canadian currency.
18. The now world renowned delicious food known as “Poutine” originated from Quebec.
19. Quebec is home to the oldest newspaper in North America; Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph – since 1764.
20. Canada’s first Olympics were held in the Quebec. The games were held in the famous city of Montreal (1976). But the city had to go in massive debt in order to finance the Olympics, taking it about 30 years to pay off the debt.
21. McGill University in Montreal, one of the top 3 universities in Canada and one of the best in the world calls Quebec home.
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