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Quebec The Province The People The HistoryQuebec is a province in eastern Canada bordered on the north by Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay on the east by Labrador Which is a part of Newfoundland the Strait of Belle Isle and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence on the south by New Brunswick Maine New Hampshire Vermont New York and Ontario and on the west by Ontario James Bay and Hudson BayThe name Quebec is derived from an Algonquian term for place where the river narrows referring to the Saint Lawrence River near the site of present-day Quebec City the capital of the provinceQuebec is sometimes called the Storied Province Quebec became part of the Canadian Confederation on July 1 1867 as one of the four original provincesThe province of Quebec was first colonized by France and was formally acquired by Great Britain in the Treaty of Paris of 1763 The mass majority of Quebecs population today use French as their first language Beginning in the 1960s the Quebecois French-speaking residents of Quebec made strong efforts to preserve their French heritage as well as to gain additional powers for the province which led to conflicts with the national government that have yet to be fully resolved This is apparent in the recent Referendum where theQuebecois tried to get Quebec special provincial concederations based on the fact the mass majority of Quebec residents speak French Quebec is the largest of all the Canadian provinces Its large area of 1540680 sq km 594858 sq MI accounts for 155 percent of Canadas total area and includes 183890 sq km 71000 sq MI of inland freshwater surface This is a major draw for Industry in Quebec Elevations in Quebec range from sea level to 1622 m 5322 ft atop Mont DIberville in the Torngat Mountains in the northeast Anticosti Island and the Magdalen Islands which are both in the Gulf of St Lawrence are part of Quebec which has a tidal
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