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Quebec City

Full nameQuebec City
Official nameVille de Québec
Settlement typeCity
MottoDon de Dieu feray valoir
("I shall put God's gift to good use"; the Don de Dieu was Champlain's ship)
Administrative RegionCapitale-Nationale
Metropolitan communityCommunauté métropolitaine de Québec
AgglomerationAgglomeration of Quebec City
FoundedJuly 3, 1608, by Samuel de Champlain
Constitution date1833
MayorRégis Labeaume
Majority leaderJean-Marie Matte
Federal senatorDennis Dawson
MPsList of MPs
Raymond Côté - Beauport-Limoilou
Anne-Marie Day - Charlesbourg-Haute-Saint-Charles
Denis Blanchette - Louis-Hébert
Alexandrine Latendresse - Louis-Saint-Laurent
Jonathan Tremblay - Montmorency-Charlevoix-Haute-Côte-Nord
Annick Papillon- Québec
(Élaine Michaud - Portneuf-Jacques-Cartier)
MNAsList of MNAs
Raymond Bernier - Montmorency
Yves Bolduc - Jean-Talon
André Drolet - Jean-Lesage
Sam Hamad - Louis-Hébert
Éric Caire - La Peltrie
Patrick Huot - Vanier
Agnès Maltais - Taschereau
Michel Pigeon - Charlesbourg
Gérard Deltell - Chauveau
Pauline Marois - Charlevoix
Michel Matte - Portneuf
Total Area175.3 sq mi (454.26 km2)
Urban Area258.7 sq mi (670.10 km2)
Metro Area1264.7 sq mi (3276.53 km2)
Total Population491,142 (10th) (2006)
Density (pop.)1081.2/km2 (2800.3/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)659545
Metro (pop.)715,515 (7th)
Other information
Time zoneEastern (UTC−5)
- Summer (DST)EDT (UTC−4)
Area code418/581
SGC code24 23 027
NTS Map021L14

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Quebec (c-eniconkwɨˈbɛk or c-enkəˈbɛk; -frkeˈbɛkFR-Québec, also Québec, Quebec City or Québec City ( ) is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec and is located within the Capitale-Nationale region. It is the second most populous city in Quebec after Montreal, which is about 233 km (144.8 mi) to the southwest. As of the 2006 Canadian Census, the city has a population of 491,142, and the metropolitan area has a population of 715,515.

The narrowing of the Saint Lawrence River approximate to the city's promontory, Cap-Diamant (Cape Diamond), and Lévis, on the opposite bank, provided the name given to the city, Kébec, an Algonquin word meaning "where the river narrows". Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec) are the only remaining fortified city walls that still exist in the Americas north of Mexico, and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the 'Historic District of Old Québec'.

The city is a major cultural centre of the French-speaking world, as well as an important tourist destination. Various festivals are held annually including the Summer Festival, and Winter Carnival. The city's most famous landmark is the Château Frontenac, a hotel which dominates the skyline. The National Assembly of Quebec, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (National Gallery of Quebec), and the Musée de la civilisation (Museum of Civilization) are found within or near Vieux-Québec.

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