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Quebec City



Québec City, the cradle of French civilization in North America, is today a busy seaport, an important centre of services and research, a cultural hot spot and, of course, the provincial capital.

The city is called Québec (with an acute accent) by both the provincial and federal governments in both languages. To differentiate between Quebec the city and Quebec the province in English, the city is commonly referred to as Quebec City while the province is referred to as Québec. It is common for the accent to be dropped in english texts. The well-preserved Vieux-Québec (Old Québec) is small and dense, steeped in four centuries of history and French tradition. The ramparts that once protected the city, 17th- and 18th-century buildings, and numerous parks and monuments are here.

As the oldest part of the city, this area comprises some of the main sights of interest, including the magnificent Citadelle. The Terrasse Dufferin is also worth a stroll to watch street entertainers, unproductive students or the views over the river, but it gets overcrowded in the evening. The second part of the city, the Basse-Ville (or Lower Town) is connected to Haute-Ville by funicular from Terrasse Dufferin or by several windy streets and stairs. One of the main pleasures of the area, besides the wonderful old houses and small museums, is the Musée de la Civilisation.

In the five years between 1996 and 2001, the population of Quebec City grew by 1.6 percent, compared with an increase of 1.4 percent for the province of Quebec as a whole. Population density of Quebec City averaged 216.4 people per square kilometre, compared with an average of 5.3, for the province of Quebec altogether. At the time of the census in May 2001, the resident population of the Quebec City authority had 682,757 people, but had 710,700 when encompassing the Greater Quebec City Area compared with a resident population in the province of Quebec of 7,237,479 people.

Quebec Travel Guide
Quebec city
Quebec Travel Guide
Quebec city




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