Outside the major centres of population in the southwest, Canada’s largest province consists of hilly agricultural land along the banks of the St Lawrence and vast tracts of barren mountains in the north. The one-hour drive along St Lawrence from Québec to the outskirts of Charlevoix follows a breathtaking route of towering rock faces, looming canyons and craggy fjords. More than 100,000 lakes provide excellent fishing (chiefly for trout and salmon), whilst in the northern tundra of Québec’s Far North (Nouveau-Québec), caribou and other game are hunted.
Area: 1 357 812 kmÂ² (524 252 milesÂ²)
Capital: QuÃ©bec City. Population: 710 700
Population: 7.6 million