QUÉBEC QUICK FACTS

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  1. Québec comes from the Algonquin word “kebec” which means where the river narrows.
  2. Québec has the oldest French speaking community in North America.
  3. 90% of the population speaks French.
  4. Québec is the home of maple syrup. It produces 77% of the world’s supply.
  5. Québec is one of the few places where you can see a wide variety of whales.
  6. Montréal is built on an island where the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers meet.
  7. Québec City is the only walled city in North America and it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  8. Québec has over 500 festivals each year; 90 of them are in Montréal.
  9. Québec province is known for its blueberries.
  10. Le Château Frontenac is the world’s most photographed hotel.
  11. In winter there is a 270 foot high ice slide built near Le Château Frontenac. Sleds can reach up to 55 miles per hour.
  12. Québec builds a real hotel out of ice each winter named Hotel Glace. People can tour it and even spend the night.
  13. Temperatures can get as low as negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit in winter.
  14. The Parliament building in Old Québec has 22 bronze statues depicting important people in Québec’s history.
  15. Old Québec has a historic stairway known as Breakneck Stairs, yikes!
  16. La Citadelle is North America’s largest fort.
  17. Montréal has and underground “city” known as RÉSO which covers 20 miles downtown full of restaurants, shopping, movie theaters, subway stops, and walkways.
  18. Québec has at least 1 inch of snow on the ground 149 days a year.
  19. Québec has the oldest grocery store in North America, J.A. Mosian Epicier, which has been open since 1871.
  20. Montréal is home to the famous Cirque du Soleil.
  21. The motto of Québec is “je me souviens” which is French for “I remember”.
  22. The first ever indoor ice hockey game was held at the Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal.