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Province of Ontario Travel Guide: 11,659 reviews and 27,891 photos

Ontario is the most populous and second-largest in area of Canada's ten provinces. It is found in east-central Canada. Its capital is Toronto. Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is also located in Ontario.

Ontario is bounded on the north by Hudson Bay and James Bay, on the east by Quebec, on the west by Manitoba, and on the south by the U.S. states of Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. Ontario's long American border is formed almost entirely by lakes and rivers, starting in Lake of the Woods and continuing to the Saint Lawrence River near Cornwall; it passes through the four Great Lakes Ontario shares with bordering states, namely Lakes Superior, Huron (which includes Georgian Bay), Erie, and Ontario (for which the province is named; the name Ontario itself is a corruption of the Iroquois word "Onitariio" meaning "beautiful lake" or "Kanadario," variously translated as "beautiful water"). There are approximately 250,000 lakes and over 100,000 kilometres (62,000 mi) of rivers in the province

The province consists of three main geographical regions:

the thinly populated Canadian Shield in the northwestern and central portions, a mainly infertile area rich in minerals and studded with lakes and rivers; sub-regions are Northwestern Ontario and Northeastern Ontario.
the mostly unpopulated Hudson Bay Lowlands in the extreme north and northeast, mainly swampy and sparsely forested; and
the temperate, and therefore most populous region, the fertile Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Valley in the south where agriculture and industry are concentrated. Southern Ontario is further sub-divided into four regions; Southwestern Ontario (parts of which formerly referred to as Western Ontario), Golden Horseshoe (includes captial Toronto), Central Ontario and Eastern Ontario.

  • Last visit to Province of Ontario: Nov 2007
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    How delightful! Like I said before. Love rodeo, but you have so many wonderful things to see here. My kind of place for sure. Excellent info and lovely photography too!

    • kris-t's Profile Photo
      Sep 19, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      Thank you Dee! Ontario is really beautiful and offers lots to explore.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Looks so lovely there. We love the rodeo and your wildlife looks like mine. Nature is so special. Beautiful photographs. We are lucky to experience such beauty. Excellent page!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Great idea to have a series of tips on some of the wild birds and animals of Ontario! Fine photos, too! (Only 13 % HST? Here in Germany it is 19 % for most things. In Denmark it is 25 %.)

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