Symbols and emblems
The motto of Quebec is Je me souviens (I remember), which is carved into the Parliament Building façade in Quebec City and is seen on the coat of arms and the licence plates.
The graphic emblem of Quebec is the fleur-de-lis, usually white on a blue background, as on the flag of Quebec (above), the Fleurdelisé;. As indicated on the government of Quebec's Web site, the flag recalls the Royal banner said to have accompanied the army of General Montcalm, Marquis de Saint-Véran during the victorious battle of Carillon in 1758.
The floral emblem of Quebec is the blue flag iris (Iris versicolor). It was formerly the Madonna lily, to recall the fleur-de-lis, but has been changed to the iris which is native to Quebec.
The avian emblem of Quebec is the snowy owl.
The patron saint of French Canada is John the Baptist. La Saint-Jean-Baptiste, June 24, is Quebec's national day, and is officially called the Fête nationale du Québec; since 1977. The song "Gens du Pays" by Gilles Vigneault is often regarded as Quebec's unofficial anthem.
Quebec is sometimes referred to as "La Belle Province" which means "The Beautiful Province". Until the late 1970s, this phrase was
displayed on Quebec licence plates. It has since been replaced by the province's official motto: "Je me souviens" which means "I remember".