Quebec , also Qubec, Quebec City or Qubec City is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec. As of 2011, the city has a population of 516,622, and the metropolitan area has a population of 765,706, making it the second most populous city in Quebec after Montreal, which is about 233 kilometres (145 mi) to the southwest. The narrowing of the Saint Lawrence River proximate to the city's promontory, Cap-Diamant (Cape Diamond), and Lvis, on the opposite bank, provided the name given to the city, Kbec, an Algonquin word meaning 'where the river narrows'. Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America.
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