Quebec is Canada's largest province with a territory 3 times as large as the Texas Lone Star state.
Almost all of the 8 million Quebecers live around the lower reaches of the mighty St Lawrence River, leaving the rest of the lands mostly to  indigenous peoples with the Unuit in the cold high north and First Nation peoples below the Arctic. They had been living here for millennia before the first Basque mariners explored the St Lawrence in the early 1500's, soon to be followed by French trappers and settlers.
Quebec became part of New France but after the Seven Year's War France ceded its Canadian possessions to Britain. There have been tensions between the English and French speaking population groups ever since, resulting in the Conscription Crisis of 1917 and the nearly successful referendum for independence of 1995.
Today Quebec is the only Canadian province where French is the official language.
During the last Ice Age all of Quebec was covered by the massive 2 km thick Laurentide Ice Sheet that created the zillions of large and small lakes that today dot the forrested lands of the Canadian Shield
Quebec sports a varied wildlife with polar bears along the northern shores, moose and black bear everywhere else and abundant marine wildlife in the St Lawrence.
The snowy owl is Quebec's official bird.
Climate ranges from cold to very cold in the north to warm in summer and cold in winter for the southern regions, so tourists have a clear preference to visit in summer.
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