Québec is the largest province in Canada. Its territory represents 15.5 per cent of the surface area of Canada and totals more than 1.5 million km2. Québec shares borders with Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. The province also neighbours on four American states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. The name Québec was inspired by an Algonquian word meaning “where the river narrows.” The French in New France used it solely to refer to the city of Québec. The British were the first to use the name in a broader sense.