Quebec is the second most populated province of Canada with a population of over 8 million people. It is a predominantly French-speaking province that has very vibrant history and a rich Francophone culture.
Throughout its history, Quebec's economy has largely been driven by its abundance of natural resources. Quebec has one of the world's largest reserves of freshwater and it is home to Hydro-Quebec, the largest producer of electricity in Canada. Quebec is also a province that has a very strong aerospace, pharmaceutical and communication industry. Bombardier, Quebecor, Gaz Métro and CGI are but a few of Quebec's largest employers.
The two largest cities in Quebec are Quebec City and Montreal. The streets and architecture in both of these cities have a distinctly European feel making them quite different from the other provinces in Canada. Both Quebec City and Montreal are alive with history, sports fanatics, Francophone culture and the arts. Some of the most popular festivals in these two cities each year are the Montréal International Jazz Festival, the Just For Laughs Festival, Francofolies de Montréal and the Quebec City Winter Carnival. Many tourists also come to these cities each year to visit some of their wonderful landmarks including the Montreal Botanical Gardens, the Old Port, La Ronde, St. Joseph's Oratory and Musée des beaux-arts.
Some of Quebec's most notable residents include Guy Laliberté, Céline Dion, Leonard Cohen, Michel Tremblay, Guy Lafleur, Mario Lemieux, Maurice Richard and Jacques Villeneuve.