Parlé vous Francais? Oui? Non. Regardless, the culture in Quebec, a land of rich history in fur trade, wars, and exploration has maintained much of its unique heritage. The province is a must for anyone who admires old architecture, languages, history, shopping and food.
Jacques Cartier claimed the land for France in 1534 when he put up a cross on the cliffs of Gaspé. However, it wouldn’t all be fun and games for the explorer and settlers who would search for diamonds, gold and a route to the Asian lands.
The St. Lawrence River was often the riverbed various nationalities would fight over for domination and control. While Cartier didn’t find the gold and diamonds he had hoped for, the man did find something else: furs. This trade would be the predominant French occupation for the next sixty years before the first actual settlers would arrive in 1617.
Samuel de Champlain established a two-storey home that the Indigenous referred to as Quebec.