Regional Adventures: Quebec, Canada
Quebec is the only Canadian province that has a pre-dominantly French speaking population and the only one to have French as its sole provincial official language. In the 2011 census, 78.1% recorded French as their sole native language and 80% recorded that it was the language that they spoke most often at home.
Only 7.7% of the population of Quebec declared English as their mother-tongue. Just short of 50% of the population report that they are fluent in both English and French making it the province with the most bi-lingual population in Canada. Accordingly all signs will be in French with a good majority having English as well.
The flag of Quebec contains four white fleur de lys with white cross on a blue background. The fleur de lys is the ancient symbol of the French monarchy and it first arrived on Quebec’s shores in 1534 with Jacques Cartier on his first voyage.
Quebec is also Canada’s largest province by area, its second-largest administrative division, and its second most populous province after Ontario. While the economy in Quebec has historically been supported by its natural resources, it also is being supported by such industries as aerospace, information technologies and software, multimedia, and of course tourism.
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