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  • Writer's pictureAlessandro De Luca

10 Interesting facts about the province of Quebec

Updated: Mar 31, 2023

As Saint-Jean-Baptiste day approaches, here are ten fun facts about Quebec that you might not have known.

Quebec City

1: Founded a long time ago

Quebec City was founded in 1608

2: Narrow river

The name “Quebec” originates from the word “Kebec”, an Algonquin word that means “where the river narrows”.

3: Old age

Quebec City has a median age of 43.5, the oldest of any major city in Canada.

The Chateau Frontenac
The Chateau Frontenac. Photo credit:

4: Take a picture

The Chateau Frontenac is the world’s most photographed hotel.

5: Largest province

Quebec is Canada’s largest province.

The Olympic Stadium
Montreal's Olympic Stadium. Photo credit: Wikipedia

6: The Big O

The Olympic Stadium in Montreal is the world’s largest inclined tower.

7: Poutine

Poutine originated in Quebec.

Leonard Cohen
Legendary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen. Photo credit: NBC News.

8: Music legends

It is the birthplace of some of the most legendary singers of all time, such as Celine Dion and Leonard Cohen.

9: Go Habs Go!

The Montreal Canadiens are the most successful hockey team of all time.

10: Maple syrup

The province of Quebec produces almost 90% of the world’s maple syrup.

Additional Facts worth mentioning:

  • Biggest lottery win in Quebec was $70 million, lotteries and gambling are legal in these province, so iGaming in Quebec is well developed.

  • Quebec is home to some of the world's largest freshwater reserves, making up 12% of its total surface area. This significant reserve provides an abundance of clean drinking water and other resources that support the province's rich ecology.

  • The province of Quebec is home to a sizeable Irish diaspora. This can be traced back to the 17th century, when Ireland natives were settled in Quebec as part of an effort to populate the region. Today, an estimated 40% of the population of Quebec is descended from Irish immigrants.

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