Tuesday, 18 October 2016

TRAVEL TUESDAY #49 - QUEBEC, CANADA

“Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world.” - Jack Layton

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Quebec, also Québec, City of Québec, is the capital of the province of Quebec in Canada. In 2015 the city had a population of 540,994, and the metropolitan area had a population of 806,400, making it Canada’s seventh-largest metropolitan area and Quebec’s second-largest city after Montreal, which is about 260 kilometres to the southwest, respectively. Quebec is the second-largest French-speaking city in Canada after Montréal.

The narrowing of the Saint Lawrence River proximate to the city’s promontory, Cap-Diamant (Cape Diamond), and Lévis, on the opposite bank, provided the name given to the city, Kébec, an Algonquin word meaning “where the river narrows”. Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec) are the only fortified city walls remaining in the Americas north of Mexico, and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the ‘Historic District of Old Québec’.

According to the federal and provincial governments, Québec is the city’s official name in both French and English, although Quebec City (or its French equivalent, Ville de Québec) is commonly used, particularly to distinguish the city from the province. In French, the names of the province and the city are distinguished grammatically in that the province takes the definite article (le Québec, du Québec, au Québec, respectively ‘the Quebec’, ‘from the Quebec’, ‘in the Quebec’) and the city does not (Québec, de Québec, à Québec, respectively ‘Quebec City’, ‘from Quebec City’, ‘in Quebec City’).

The city’s famous landmarks include the Château Frontenac, a hotel which dominates the skyline, and La Citadelle, an intact fortress that forms the centrepiece of the ramparts surrounding the old city. The National Assembly of Quebec (provincial legislature), the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec), and the Musée de la civilisation (Museum of Civilisation) are found within or near Vieux-Québec.

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15 comments:

  1. gorgeous light and fantastic sky color in this beautiful image.

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  2. Lovely shot and great post about Quebec ~ thanks!

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

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  3. Maybe because Canada and Mexico are so close, we haven't visited it:) Thanks for hosting, Nick:)

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  4. Quebec City and Montreal are my favorite parts of Quebec. The old parts of Q.C. are amazing though.

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  5. I have been to Montreal but not to Quebec City. It looks really lovely in your photo.

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  6. Montreal is more multicultural and English speaking compare to Québec city where it's still mostly French speaking

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  7. I really like Canada. I would like to explore more of it.

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  8. I'm going to Quebec this winter. Any suggestions/tips?

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    1. Lucky you! You will have a wonderful time I am sure. There is much to do and see. Have a look at the official Quebec Tourism site that gives some great suggestions:
      http://www.quebecregion.com/en/what-to-do/activities-attractions/must-see-attractions/

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  9. This has been on my bucket list for a long time, and it might be the only place my husband will go to that's outside America.

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    1. would love to paint this with it's gorgeous colors !!

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  11. Quebec City is also the most European city in NA. Maybe that's why it is so charming!

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  12. What a treasure of knowledge about the city of Quebec. I hate to admit it, at my age, but I have never been there. I have seen photos of Chateau Frontenac and the ancient walls before, but none so beautiful as this. I really must convince my husband, who grew up in Montreal, to take me to Quebec City before it's too late...the city will be standing, but I might not!
    Kay

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