Time in Quebec (Canada)

What is the Time in Quebec (Canada)

The above analog clock displays the current local time in Quebec, Canada. The standard time in Quebec is UTC-5:00 hours Eastern Standard Time. Between the months of March and November every year, DST or Daylight Saving Time is in force when all the clocks are advanced by one hour to UTC-4:00 hours Eastern Daylight Time and in November the extra one hour is removed and the time goes back to read UTC-5:00 hours. A narrow portion of Quebec along the gulf of Saint Lawrence which is east of 63 degrees west longitude is in Atlantic Time Zone ot UTC-4:00 and that part does not maintain DST. Irrespective of DST or Standard time the analog clock you see above will show you the current local time in Quebec.

Time in Quebec Canada - MapLand Water Areas at this time in Quebec

At this time in Quebec out of the total land area of 1.542,056 square kilometers which is ranked as second largest area of any province in Canada, the land area is 1,365,128 square kilometers and water covers 176,928 square kilometers or 11.5% of total area. The total area of Quebec is about 15.4% of the total area of Canada. Amazingly, the world's 3% of fresh water is available in Quebec Canada at this time with the presence of half a million lakes including over 30 lakes each with an area larger than 250 square kilometers. Add 4500 rivers which are full of fresh water at this time which pour torrential waters into the Atlantic Ocean.

Population at this Time in Quebec

At this time in Quebec, Canada, the estimated population is 8,294,656 people in 2016. The population density in 2011 was 5.79 people square kilometers as the census in 2011 estimated the population at 7,903,001. If we go into history of Quebec, in 1851 there were just about 892,061 people. In 1901 Census this became double to 1,648,898 and it further doubled to 4,055,61 as per census in 1951. By 2001 census the number of people in Quebec went to 7,237,479. In 2006 the census figures stood at 7,546,131, in 2011 it became 7,903,001 people. Out of this 4.4 million are Canadian, 2.1 million are French. The rest are Irish, Italian, English, North American Indian, Scottish, Quebecois and German.

Quebec Capital

The Capital of Quebec is Quebec city which has a population of about 540,000 people and the metropolitan area has about 806,000 people staying there making it the tenth largest city of Canada. But at this time Quebec city is the second largest city of Quebec because the biggest city in Quebec is Montreal which is 233 km southwest of Quebec city. Quebec city is one of the earliest European settlement in North America way back in the sixteenth century. Thus Quebec city has been the capital city for about 400 years now.

Languages at this time in Quebec

At this time in Quebec, the official language is French. This is because in Canada Quebec is the second most populated province with maximum people speaking French as their mother tongue. Only about 8% people in Quebec speak English as their mother tongue and the numbers are reducing as the years pass by. Less than 2% people speak Arabic and even less people speak Spanish and Italian at this time in Quebec.

Climate at this time in Quebec

At this time the Climate in Quebec is mostly humid continental type of climate. There are three distinct type of climate in Quebec. The Southern and Western Quebec where major number of people live has humid continental climate with four different seasons. The summers here are warm and at times hot and humid. The Winters are really cold and snowy. A lot of rain and snow happens here. 100 cm rain and 30 cm snow to be precise. Summers therefore sees some tornadoes and sever thunder storms too. The Central Quebec on the other hand has a subarctic climate with long cold winters which is perhaps the coldest in eastern Canada. But the summers are warm and short thanks to the Arctic air masses. Finally, the Northern Quebec has arctic climate with very cold winters, short but cooler summers due to the Arctic Ocean currents and continental air masses from the Arctic regions.

Tourism at this time in Quebec

At this time in Quebec tourism is not as much as other provinces in Canada. The mountain ranges north of Saint Lawrence Lowland attracts a lot of local as well as international tourists to ski hills and lake side resorts.

Government at this time in Quebec

At this time in Quebec, like all other provinces in Canada, Constitutional Monarchy is still in vogue. There is a legislative assembly, Lieutenant Governor and a Premier. Quebec has 78 seats out of 338 seats (23.1%) in the Canadian Parliament along with 24 out of 105 Senate seats (22.9%). As usual the Lieutenant Governor even at this time in Quebec si representing the Queen of Canada and is the head of the State for the province. But the head of the government is the Premier who is the leader of the largest political party. At this time in Quebec, there are 17 administrative regions, 86 regional county municipalities and 2 metropolitan communities. At local level thre are 1117 local municipalities of various types and 11 agglomerations.

Why Named Quebec?

The area around Quebec City the river Saint Lawrence narrows to a cliff-lined gap. And Quebec word comes from the Algonquin word Kebec which means where the river narrows. In the old time the name was Quebecq in 1601 and later became Kebec in 1609. It was finally the French explorer Mr Samuel de Champlain who named the province as Quebec in 1608 for the colonial outpost which he was using as his administrative seat for teh French colony called New France. The name Quebec thus stayed till the modern time.