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Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Québec is Canada's largest province and consists of hilly agricultural land along the banks of the St Lawrence and vast tracts of barren mountains in the north: a breathtaking panorama of towering rock faces, 15,204km (9,503 miles) of coastline, looming canyons and craggy fjords.The province's three national parks, 22 natural parks and 16 wildlife reserves beckon outdoor enthusiasts. More than 100,000 lakes and numerous rivers offer excellent fishing. In the tundra of Québec's Far North (Nouveau-Québec), caribou and other game roam the land.What distinguishes Québec from other Canadian provinces is its French heritage, sustained over around 200 years. Québec's official language is French and Montréal (the province's largest city) is the largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. Both it and provincial capital Québec City have lively old sections of cobblestoned streets where the atmosphere is overwhelmingly French