Centres of architecture, history, industry and culture. Québec, the only fortified city in North America, celebrated 400 years of history in 2008; Montréal, city of culture and gastronomical excellence, is renowned for its many festivals and singular way of life; Trois-Rivières, Cultural Capital of Canada in 2009, will be marking its 375th anniversary, while Gaspé, also in 2009, will commemorate 475 years of French history and presence in North America.
The francophone culture
A unique human experience in North America; festive traditions, a warm welcome, the French language on a daily basis. A cultural mosaic where First Nations and descendants of the first French, Irish, Basque and English immigrants cohabit with new arrivals from around the world.