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Quebec City Guide

Whether Quebec City is your intended destination or just a brief stopover on the way to your new home, we have compiled this guide to help you get your bearings on arrival. To obtain more details about the city check out the websites listed at the end of this profile.


As the Capital, Quebec has a population of 700,000 and the Metropolitan area is the 7th Largest city in Canada.


Located in northeastern North America, Quebec covers an area of 1,667,441 square kilometres. Quebec City lies at the junction of the St. Charles and St. Lawrence river about 300 miles (480km) southwest of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The St Lawrence river flows eastward through Quebec for more than 1,000 kilometres before spilling into the Atlantic Ocean.

Quebec stands on Cape Diamond, a promontory edged by a sheer cliff. The cliff rises 300 feet (90 m) above the St. Lawrence River. The city is divided into Lower Town, at the base of the cliff, and Upper Town, on the top.

Quebec is also home to 750,000 lakes and 130,000 rivers and streams that make up 10% of its total surface area. In addition, it accounts for 3% of the world’s fresh water supply.


Quebec is rated one of the most affordable cities in Canada.  Living costs are low and if you are planning to rent then you will be able to find a rental in your price range. 


Quebec is the main centre for service providers however there has been a growing number of other business that have diversified the market and created employment as well as enhancing the economy.

Quebec is at home in the Technology department and has become known for its expertise in biomedical sciences optics, photonics, lasers, robotic, biofoods, and environmental technology.  Quebec has also ranked 2nd leading edge software, plastics and metal manufacturing.Research and Development is also hugely invested in.  The government and private sectors invest some $200 million a year in research and development.

The water from the St Lawrence river constitutes Quebec’s primary source of energy and is a pillar of its economy. More than 75% of the electricity consumed by Quebecers is generated by hydroelectric stations located across Quebec

Dining Out

Quebec offers much in the way of international and fusion fare.  There is something for everyone’s taste in Quebec.  If you are looking for something traditional then you can head to some of the top tourist spots to find something unique to Quebec!

Local Transport
Walking is easy around the compact city however there is a bus service that covers most of the city and the surrounding suburbs.  These run from 6am to 1am most days.

Quebec City Jean Lessage International Airport offers flights to North America, South America and Europe destinations.  Jean Lessage International Airport is located 11.1km west southwest of Quebec city.

Performing Arts

Quebec City’s vibrant cultural scene provides a rich selection of offerings year-round.  Quebec has an active community of music, dance and theatre and if you are an avid classical fan then there is the high quality programming of the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec and Opera de Quebec.

Lifestyle and Outdoor Recreation

There is a wide and diverse range of recreational activities and the four distinct seasons offer a wealth of interesting activities. In winter, Quebecers take advantage of many sports facilities which allow them to appreciate nature. There are 90 ski hills and about 40 cross-country skis centres with thousands of marked trails to choose from, as well as over 30,000 kilometres of snowmobile trails.

In summer, golfers have hundreds of courses that are ranked among the best in Canada. Quebec’s bicycle paths extend for thousands of kilometres. All Quebec municipalities have neighbourhood sports facilities such as swimming pools, baseball fields, soccer fields and tennis courts. Water sports fans have hundreds of lakes and rivers in which to practice their activities.

Quebec has a network of parks and reserves where hunters, fishers and nature lovers can enjoy their favourite sports.There are many hiking trails to enjoy nature without going far from the large cities. These are perfect places to take long walks, have a picnic or go jogging.


Living in the capital opens the door to an accessible and well-run educational system that ranks among the most modern in industrialised countries. With its numerous laboratories and research centers, Universit? Laval is among the upper echelon of Canadian universities. Its over 350 programs of study attract some 36,000 students every year.

The additional presence of Universit? du Qu?bec, T?l?-Universit?, ?cole nationale d'administration publique, four general and vocational colleges, and a number of private colleges ensures a wide array of educational opportunities. These establishments prepare their students well to meet the challenges of the constantly changing job market.

As for preschool, primary, and secondary education, accessible schools are located throughout the city and are committed to providing children with a high quality learning environment. Public schools right up to the college (pre-university) level are free to attend.

On the Net

Immigration Quebec

Quebec City Tourism

Government of Quebec


Atypical of most North American cities, Quebec has snow in winter and lots of sun in summer.  However Quebec is positioned so it benefits from storm systems from the core of North America and the Atlantic, this means that there is an abundance of precipitation up to 100 Centimetres and over 300 centimetres of snow.





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