Québec City is the provincial capital city for Québec, Canada’s second-most highly populated province trailing only Ontario.
According to Guinness World Records, Québec City hosts the world’s biggest annual ice canoeing race as part of Québec’s Winter Carnival. About 50 teams race across four miles (6.4 kilometers) on the icy St. Lawrence River.
Québec City serves as headquarters for 9 of Canada’s 500 largest corporations by revenue. Examples of these large businesses include Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Industrial Alliance Insurance, SSQ Société d’assurance-vie, Investissement Québec and integrated construction firm EBC Inc.
Québec shipped C$78.5 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Québec exports are aircraft, automobiles, aluminum, paper, copper, iron, petroleum oils, turbo-jet parts and electronics components according to the Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database.
Québec City’s unemployment rate was 4.2% as of April 2017 the same as in effect 12 months earlier.
Capital Facts for Québec City, Canada: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Le Centre Vidéotron, Gare du Palais, Observatoire de la Capitale, Old Québec, Pepsi Coliseum and the Plains of Abraham
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Québec City, Canada
- Myriam Bédard, Olympic gold medal biathlete (born Dec. 22, 1969)
- Norm MacDonald, comedian (born Oct. 17, 1963)
- Sylvie Bernier, Olympic gold medal diver (born Jan. 31, 1964)
- Mark Garneau, politician & former astronaut (born Feb. 23, 1949)
- Gaétan Boucher, Olympic speed skating champion (born May 10, 1958)
- Imad Royal, R&B singer (born Apr. 28, 1992)
- Michael Mando, actor (born Jul. 13, 1981)
- Manon Rheaume, Olympic silver medal hockey goaltender (born Feb. 24, 1972)
- Klo Pelgag, pop singer (born Mar. 13, 1990)
- Alain Vigneault, NHL hockey coach (born May 14, 1961)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Québec province resident: Québecker
Population: 531,902 (Québec City limits)
Density: 3,039 people per square mile (1,173 per square kilometer)
Population: 800,296 (Québec City metropolitan area)
Density: 608 people per square mile (235 per square kilometer)
GDP: C$34.6 billion in 2016 (Québec City metropolitan community)
GDP per person: $65,050
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in Canadian dollars.
Official currency used in Québec City: Canadian dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on May 16, 2017
Fortune, Global 500 2016. Accessed on May 15, 2017
Guinness World Records, Largest ice canoeing race. Accessed on May 16, 2017
National Post, The FP500. Accessed on May 16, 2017
Official Government Website, Official Québec City website. Accessed on May 16, 2017
Statistics Canada, Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database. Accessed on May 16, 2017
Statistics Canada, Labour force characteristics, unadjusted, by census metropolitan area. Accessed on May 16, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on May 16, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Capitale-Nationale. Accessed on May 16, 2017
Wikipedia, Québec City. Accessed on May 16, 2017
Wikipedia, Québec (province). Accessed on May 16, 2017
Within city limits, Québec City occupies 175.1 square miles (453.4 square kilometers). The provincial capital city’s population was 531,902 people as of July 2016.
The Québec City metropolitan area has a land area of 1,316.1 square miles (3,408.7 square kilometers) with a city core plus metro area population totaling 800,296 inhabitants.
At the city level, Québec City’s population density is 3,309 residents per square mile (1,173 per square kilometer).
Unsurprisingly, population density dilutes over Québec City’s larger metropolitan area with an average 608 inhabitants per square mile (235 per square kilometer).
Québec’s National Holiday happens each June 24.