Bastion of French culture in the New World, Québec covers 1,667,926 km2 (643,819 sq. mi.), located in North-East Canada. Its territory extends nearly 2,000 km (1,242 mi.) from the U.S. border to the Arctic Ocean, between Ontario to the west and New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador to the east.
Because of this huge area, Quebec is graced with an incredible variety of landscapes: a fertile fluvial plain between the Canadian Shield to the north and the Appalachian Mountains to the south, wide swaths of forest, taiga and tundra, all of which share over a million lakes and thousands of rivers, or some 180,000 km2 (69,480 sq. mi.) of fresh water. Quebec's entire southern portion is dissected by the St. Lawrence, one of the largest rivers in the world. The highest peaks in Québec are Mont D'Iberville (1,622 m / 5,321 ft.), located in Nunavik's Torngat mountains, and Mont Jacques-Cartier (1,268 m / 4,160 ft.), part of the Chic-Chocs mountain range in the Gaspésie.
|Québec's climate varies dramatically from north to south, offering very different attractions throughout all four seasons. In Summer, it has fabulous outdoor areas to explore, from forests to the great St Lawrence. In Winter, there are superb cultural and heritage attractions to be found in its cities, especially Quebec and Montreal.
Quebec is Canada's second most populous province, after Ontario. Most inhabitants live in these two main cities, along with other urban areas along the St Lawrence. English-speaking communities are concentrated in the west of the island of Montreal and in the Outaouais, Eastern Townships, and Gaspé regions.
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