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About Quebec City, Quebec
With a population of about 715,000 people, the Quebec City metropolitan area is the second largest in and the capital of Quebec province. Quebec City is located in southeastern Quebec along the St. Lawrence River.
Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America and residents are very proud of it's French heritage. The city was founded by a French explorer in 1608 and was incorporated as a city in 1833. The city was largely controlled and built by the French, but for a brief period in the mid-1800s it was under British rule.
The Quebec City economy is concentrated in public administration, defense, transportation, and tourism. As the capital of Quebec province, it is home to many government facilities and the provincial government is the region's largest employer.
The unique charm and French character of Quebec City make it a major tourist attraction. The older part of the city retains a very European flavor and is replete with historical buildings and architecture. The Chateau Frontenac, a very old hotel built by the Canadian Pacific Railway, dominates the city skyline in Vieux-Quebec.
Quebec City is located along the St. Lawrence River, a major transport route into the Great Lakes. Although Quebec City itself is situated on a bluff overlooking the river, most of the surrounding area is low lying and well suited to farming and agriculture.
Quebec City has a cold climate with very snowy winters. An average of 125 inches (317 cm) of snow falls each year. Summer are cool with daily highs in the mid 60s°F. The city receives a total of about 48 inches of precipitation per year.
French is the most widely spoken language in Quebec City, but many residents are bilingual and speak both French and English.
Quebec City is served by Jean Lesage International Airport (IATA code: YQB).
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