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Taking a Closer Look at Québec

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Quebec, or Québec in French, is a province in east-central Canada. It is the largest province in area. It has a predominantly French speaking population and is the only province to have an official provincial language of French. The capital or Quebec is Quebec City. The population of Quebec is 8.081 million.
Quebec has three natural regions: the Canadian Shield, the St. Lawrence Lowlands, and the Appalachians. The Canadian Shield is also called the Precambrian Shield or the Laurentian Plateau. It is a big block of ancient crystalline rock. There is an abundance of glacial debris and exposed rock. The Canadian Shield has a harsh environment and a varying terrain. The St. Lawrence Lowlands, or Valley, lies along the St. Lawrence River and is up to sixty miles wide. The land is mostly flat. The Appalachians are a continuation of the Appalachian Mountains in the United States. Lakes cover about 1/8 of the land in Quebec. Most of the lakes in the province of Quebec come from glaciers. Quebec has long and cold winters and warm and short summers.
Quebec was discovered in 1534 by a man named Jacques Cartier who took possession of the land in the name of the King of France. He put up a cross in Gaspé which can still be seen today. Cartier is also the first known explorer to travel along the St. Lawrence River. Quebec City was established in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, and Paul Chomeny founded Montréal in 1642. The French were originally in control of the area of Quebec, which was called New France, but the Battle of the Plains of Abraham gave control to the British. The battle took place on September 13, 1759 during the Seven Year’s War, also called the French and Indian War, and was fought by the French and the British. The Bri...

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...pitales in the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, and the Quebec Remparts in the Minor Hockey League. Many recreational activities are also popular in Quebec including: skiing, snowboarding, hunting, fishing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, swimming, and golf. There are also over 35 parks and wildlife reserves and many are open for regulated for hunting and fishing.

Works Cited

 http://www.bonjourquebec.com/qc-en/sports0.html
 http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/486652/Quebec/271976/Sports-and-recreation
 http://www.gouv.qc.ca/portail/quebec/pgs/commun/gouv/?lang=en
 http://geography.howstuffworks.com/canada/quebec.htm
 http://canada.careers.org/quebec
 http://www.quebec-guidetouristique.travel/history.aspx
 http://encyclopedia.kids.net.au/page/ba/Battle_of_the_Plains_of_Abraham
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