Reference Points

November 20, 2005|By JUNE SAWYERS

QUEBEC

Knopf / $27.50

One sometimes forgets just how huge the province of Quebec is: almost 600,000 square miles. Of that, nearly two-thirds is covered by forest. Around 82 percent of the population speaks French (in 1977, French was made the official language), while 10 percent are English speaking. Those are the basics.

In addition to the rich French culture, Quebec also happens to contain two of the most beautiful cities in North America, cosmopolitan Montreal and charming Quebec City. Lavishly illustrated, this sumptuous guide is full of many examples of what else makes Quebec unique: traditional dress, maple sugar time, architecture, Inuit traditions and, of course, food. The guide includes practical information too: where to stay, shop and dine.

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