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With its European soul and invigorating landscapes, Québec is an international destination of choice. In 2005, Québec welcomed 29 million visitors, generating revenue in excess of $10 billion.
With an average snowfall of 300 cm, Québec is a paradise of winter activities:
it has the most extensive network of ski resorts, 90 all told, in the northeast of North America, including the Mont Tremblant resort that has an international reputation;
Québec also has 33 650 km of marked snowmobile trails and 4 000 km of cross-country ski trails.
A traditional and family festival, the Québec Winter Carnival is the world’s largest winter carnival.
It ranks third among the major international carnivals, just behind Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans.
Wallpaper Navigator magazine ranked Montréal among the seven most exciting cities in the world while the Financial Times placed it among the ten cities in the world vying for the title of “Dream City”.
In 2008, Québec City, a world heritage site, will celebrate the 400th anniversary of its foundation by Samuel de Champlain.
The theme of the festivities will be La Rencontre, underlying the city’s historic and present-day role as a place where peoples and cultures come together to exchange.
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Québec stands out in sports with many professional organizations. The Montréal Canadiens, Alouettes and Impact are representative of Quebecers’ interest in hockey, football and soccer.
The Canadian Grand Prix provides Québec with notable visibility. In 2005, this event ranked second among the most watched sports events in the world.
In addition, Montréal welcomes the world’s greatest tennis players each year for the Rogers Cup.
In 2005, Québec hosted international events such as the World Aquatics Championships and the World Police & Fire Games.
In 1985, Old Québec, the historic quarter of the national capital, became the first urban centre in North America to be included on UNESCO’s exclusive “World Heritage List”.
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