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The city had a population estimate of , in July , an increase of 3. Explorer Samuel de Champlain founded a French settlement here in , and adopted the Algonguin language term.

Quebec City is one of the oldest European cities in North America. In French, the names of provinces are gendered nouns while the names of cities are not, so the city and the province are already distinguished by the presence or absence of a definite article in front of the name: Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America and the only fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist.

While many of the major cities in Latin America date from the sixteenth century, among cities in Canada and the U. Augustine , Santa Fe , Jamestown , and Tadoussac. It is however home to the earliest known French settlement in North America, Fort Charlesbourg-Royal , established in by French explorer Jacques Cartier with some settlers, but abandoned less than a year later in large part due to the hostility of the natives combined with the harsh living conditions during winter.

Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain , a French explorer and diplomat, on 3 July , [21] and at the site of a long abandoned St. Lawrence Iroquoian settlement called Stadacona. Champlain, also called "The Father of New France ", served as its administrator for the rest of his life. The name "Canada" refers to this settlement.

Although the Acadian settlement at Port-Royal was established three years earlier, Quebec came to be known as the cradle of the Francophone population of North America. The place seemed favourable to the establishment of a permanent colony. The population of the settlement remained small for decades. As part of the ongoing negotiations of their exit from the Anglo-French War , in the English king Charles agreed to return the lands in exchange for Louis XIII paying his wife's dowry.

In , there were people in 70 houses living in the city. One-quarter of the people were members of religious orders: France ceded New France , including the city, to Britain in At the end of French rule in , forests, villages, fields and pastures surrounded the town of 8, inhabitants. The town distinguished itself by its monumental architecture, fortifications, affluent homes of masonry and shacks in the suburbs of Saint-Jean and Saint-Roch.

Despite its urbanity and its status as capital, Quebec City remained a small colonial city with close ties to its rural surroundings. Nearby inhabitants traded their farm surpluses and firewood for imported goods from France at the two city markets. During the American Revolution, revolutionary troops from the southern colonies assaulted the British garrison in an attempt to 'liberate' Quebec City, in a conflict now known as the Battle of Quebec.

The defeat of the revolutionaries from the south put an end to the hopes that the peoples of Quebec would rise and join the American Revolution so that Canada would join the Continental Congress and become part of the original United States of America along with the other British colonies of continental North America. In effect, the outcome of the battle would be the effective split of British North America into two distinct political entities.

The city itself was not attacked during the War of , when the United States again attempted to annex Canadian lands. Fearing another American attack on Quebec City in the future, construction of the Citadelle of Quebec began in The Americans never did attack Canada after the War of , but the Citadelle continued to house a large British garrison until The Citadelle is still in use by the military and is also a tourist attraction.

Until the late 18th century it was the most populous city of present-day Canada. As of the census of , Montreal surpassed it with 18, inhabitants, although Quebec pop. From the to , the capital of the Province of Canada rotated between Kingston , Montreal , Toronto , Ottawa and Quebec City from to and from to Before the Royal Military College of Canada was established in , the only french-speaking officer training school was the Quebec City School of Military Instruction, founded in [27].

The school was retained at Confederation, in In , The School of Artillery was formed in Montreal. The Quebec Conference on Canadian Confederation was held in the city in In , Ottawa was chosen by Queen Victoria to be the definite capital of the Dominion of Canada, while Quebec City was confirmed as the capital of the newly created province of Quebec.

Soong China 's minister of foreign affairs. A large part of the D-Day landing plans were made during those meetings. Old Quebec is located on top and on the foot of Cap-Diamant , on the eastern edge of a plateau called the promontory of Quebec or Quebec hill.

Past this valley, the Laurentian Mountains lies to the north of the city. The area was affected by the Charlevoix—Kamouraska earthquake. The Plains of Abraham are located on the southeastern extremity of the plateau, where high stone walls were integrated during colonial days. The administrative region in which it is situated is officially referred to as Capitale-Nationale , [31] [32] and the term "national capital" is used to refer to Quebec City itself at the provincial level.

Quebec City experiences four distinct seasons. Spring and fall, although short, bring chilly to warm temperatures. Late heat waves as well as " Indian summers " are a common occurrence. On average, Quebec City receives 1, millimetres During winter, snow generally stays on the ground from the end of November till mid-April.

The highest temperature ever recorded in Quebec City was This area has a distinct European feel with its stone buildings and winding streets lined with shops and restaurants. Porte St-Louis and Porte St-Jean are the main gates through the walls from the modern section of downtown; the Kent Gate was a gift to the province from Queen Victoria and the foundation stone was laid by the Queen's daughter, Princess Louise, Marchioness of Lorne , on 11 June The railway company sought to encourage luxury tourism and bring wealthy travellers to its trains.

The terrace leads toward the nearby Plains of Abraham , site of the battle in which the British took Quebec from France, and the Citadelle of Quebec , a Canadian Forces installation and the federal vice-regal secondary residence.

The Parliament Building , the meeting place of the Parliament of Quebec , is also near the Citadelle. It is the first church in the New World to be raised to a basilica and is the primatial church of Canada. While the traditional central business districts with their large office buildings are found on Parliament Hill and just below Saint-Roch , a newer one has emerged in the boulevard Laurier fr area of Sainte-Foy.

Quebec city is home to over a hundred parks and gardens, which offer certain attractions like bird watching, hiking or canoeing for visitors. One of the most notable is The Battlefields Park, which is home to 50 historical artillery pieces and the Plains of Abraham.

The park offers views of the St. Lawrence River and has multiple historical structures and statues like the Joan of Arc on Horseback and the Martello Towers. Another notable park is the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge in Sillery which is known for its gardens and bird watching, is the second largest urban park in Quebec City. The Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge [46] also has historical influence being the site of gardens that were created by British and French royalty.

Quebec City's largest park is the Parc Chauveau, which offers a range of outdoor activities from hiking, canoeing and skiing. This was one of several municipal mergers which took place across Quebec on that date. Following a demerger referendum, L'Ancienne-Lorette and Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures were reconstituted as separate municipalities on 1 January , but the other former municipalities remain part of Quebec City.

On 1 November , the Quebec City re-organized its boroughs, reducing the number from 8 to 6. As of [update] Quebec City comprises six boroughs arrondissements which are further divided into 35 neighbourhoods quartiers.

In most cases the name of the latter is similar to a historical village or parish it replaced, but not always. Neighbourhoods each elect their own council, which are part of public consultations with the city government. The numbering system was based on the borough boundaries, so post the numbers do not correspond completely with the boroughs. Compared to many other cities in North America, there is less variation between average household incomes between the neighbourhoods. However, some disparities exist.

The southwest former cities of Sillery , Cap-Rouge and Sainte-Foy are considered to be the wealthiest, along with some parts of Montcalm and Old Quebec. However, parts of Limoilou and particularly Saint-Roch have seen gentrification in the last 20 years, attracting young professionals and the construction of new offices and condos.

According to Statistics Canada, there were , [12] people residing in Quebec City proper in , and , [49] people in the metropolitan area. Of the former total, Children under five accounted for approximately 4. This compares with 5.

The great majority of city residents are native French speakers. According to Statistics Canada, In addition, more than a third of city residents reported speaking both French and English. The average age is In the five years between and , the population of Quebec City grew by 6. The population density of Quebec City averaged At the time of the census, the population of the Quebec City authority was ,, but was , when encompassing the Greater Quebec City Area, compared with a resident population in the province of Quebec of 7,, people.

There has, however, been a growing number of new arrivals from North and West Africa, as well as Latin America, who have settled in the city. Recent arrivals tend to be more concentrated in Limoilou, Vanier, Les Saules and the northern part of Sainte-Foy, where the availability of lower cost apartments is higher than the rest of the city.

The city also contains small Protestant, Muslim and Jewish communities. Most jobs in Quebec City are concentrated in public administration, defence, services, commerce, transport and tourism. As the provincial capital, the city benefits from being a regional administrative and services centre: In , the unemployment rate in Quebec City was 4.

The city hosts the headquarters of a variety of prominent companies, including: Other tourist attractions include Montmorency Falls , and just outside the city limits: It featured specimens of different species of animals. The zoo specialized in winged fauna and garden themes, but also featured several species of mammals. While it emphasized the indigenous fauna of Quebec, one of its main attractions was the Indo-Australian greenhouse, featuring fauna and flora from regions surrounding the Indian Ocean.

Polar bears and various species of seals of the Arctic sector and the "Large Ocean", a large basin offering visitors a view from underneath, make up part of the aquarium's main attractions.


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The team was established in , and originally played in the Northern League. It has six league titles, won in , , , , and Due to a disadvantageous exchange rate with respect to the US Dollar, the team moved to Denver, Colorado in , becoming the Colorado Avalanche.

Subsequently, a lower-tier team, the Quebec Rafales , played in the International Hockey League from to A professional basketball team, the Quebec Kebs played in National Basketball League of Canada in but folded prior to the start of the season.

The city council is elected from 21 single-member districts split between the city's 6 boroughs using first-past-the-post voting , while the mayor is elected by the city at-large. Both are elected at the same time for a term of four years. While the mayor is a part of the council as an ex officio member and chairs the meetings of council, he or she is not the president of the council and has no vote.

The government of the city is directed by the 9-member executive committee, which is composed of the mayor and eight city councillors appointed by the mayor. Below the city level each of the city's six boroughs has a borough council conseil d'arrondissement composed of three-to-five members the exact number which is dependent upon the population of the borough. These councils comprise those city councillors elected from the city council electoral districts within that borough; that is to say that each city councillor also sits as a borough councillor in the borough from which he or she was elected.

The borough councils serve a largely advisory role, and do not have the authority to tax or borrow money. Furthermore, the city and borough councillors whose electoral districts cover the neighbourhood sit on the neighbourhood council as non-voting ex officio members. Still, eight unlawful deaths occurred the following year. On 29 January , a Laval University student named Alexandre Bissonnette shot and killed six people with another seventeen injured in a mass shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre.

Three school boards including Commission scolaire de la Capitale operates secular francophone schools, and Central Quebec School Board operates the few existing anglophone ones. Quebec City has the oldest educational institution for women in North America, the Ursulines of Quebec monastery, located at 12 Rue Donnacona. Quebec City is an important hub in the province's autoroute system, as well as boasting one of the highest "expressway lane kilometres per persons" in the country 1.

Autoroute 20 parallels the south shore of the St. Autoroute 73 provides a north-south link through the metropolitan area, linking it with Saint-Georges , the Beauce region, and Maine to the south and Saguenay and the Lac-Saint-Jean region to the north. Within the metropolitan region, Autoroutes 40, 73, and several spur routes link the city centre with its suburbs. Autoroute Autoroute Robert-Bourassa serves as a north-south inner belt. Autoroute comprises two separate autoroutes to the west and east of the urban core.

There are no current plans to connect them. The western section Autoroute Charest connects Autoroutes 40 and 73 with Boulevard Charest a main east-west avenue while the eastern section Autoroute Dufferin-Montmorency links the city centre with Beauport and Montmorency Falls. The RTC operates a fleet of buses and has recently implemented articulated buses. The RTC is studying the return of a tram and light rail system to help ease overcrowding on its busiest lines as well as attract new users to public transit.

The two billion dollar revitalization project needs approval from higher levels of government since the city does not have the financial resources to fund such an ambitious project on its own.

The station is the eastern terminus of the railway's main Quebec City-Windsor Corridor. An inter-city bus station, with connections to the provincial long-distance bus network, is adjacent to the train station, and hosts, among others, the services of Greyhound Canada and Orleans Express.

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