The name "Ontario" comes from the Iroquois word "Kanadario" which means "sparkling water". Ontario
is bordered on the south by the Great Lakes and on the north by Hudson Bay, nestled between the provinces of Quebec and Manitoba (see Provincial Map), and has an area of over a million square kilometres. Over one-sixth of its terrain, 177,390 square kilometres, is covered by rivers and lakes.
The province's larger cities fall in three areas: (1) in the east is Ottawa, in the south are Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara Region, Kitchener, London, and Windsor, and (3) in the North are Sudbury, Sault Ste Marie and Thunder Bay (links indicate those with more info & details on this web site).
Ontario's native Iroquois and Algonquin Indians first encountered European explorers, fur traders and missionaries in the early 1600s. By 1774, the British ruled over southern Ontario, which was then part of the British colony of Quebec.
The colony was later divided and the Ontario region was renamed Upper Canada (it was higher up the St Lawrence River than Quebec or "Lower Canada"). When the Dominion of Canada was formed in 1867, it was renamed the province of Ontario.
With 14 million people, Ontario is today the country's most heavily populated province. Toronto is Ontario's capital and Canada's largest and most ethnically-diverse city. Toronto is also the country's leading producer of manufactured goods and headquarters of a large number of Canadian companies.
The "Golden Horseshoe," the area around the western tip of Lake Ontario that connects Toronto with Hamilton and Niagara Falls, is home to the bulk of Ontario's population. This area also include Oakvile & Burlington, and Mississauga & Brampton.
There is also the properous area along the western stretch of the Highway 401: Kitchener, London, and Windsor, nestled between Toronto and Detroit.
Ottawa, the national capital, has a million residents at the eastern end of Ontario, on the border with Quebec.
In the north, there are a number of key population centres strung along the Trans-Canada Highway and along the Great Lakes: Sudbury, key for nickle mining, Sault Ste Marie located at a major junction between Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron, and Thunder Bay at the western end of Lake Superior.
And in the busy Highway 400 corridor, connectig Toronto and Sudbury is the York Region and the Barrie-Muskoka cottage country and along Gerogian Bay.
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Here are the major cities/regions in the province of Ontario. Explore the neigbhourhoods in & around them that you may want to live in:
ON: The Niagara Region has populations on both the Canada |and US sides of the Niagara River, known for tourism, agriculture, and over 200 years of hidtory.
ON: Greater Sudbury is is the largest centre in northeastern Ontario, neihbourhing the privinces best recreational areas. Sudbury is known as the Nickel City because of its nickel and copper mines
ON: orth York, north of Eglinton is now amalgamated as part of the larger City of Toronto
ON: Toronto, is the largest city in Canada with a total population of 4.3 million, and capital city of Ontario (we focus on the portion south of Eglinton)
ON: These communities are around Lake Simcoe, along Georgian Bay and in the Muskoka tourism area
Here are some featured neighbourhoods in the province of Ontario. Explore the neigbhourhoods in & around them that you may want to live in:
ON: Scarborough Village is a quiet neighbourhood above the Scarborough Bluffs east of Bellamy Road, and south of West Highland Creek Great access to 401, Go-Trains, and TTC.
ON: Little Italy is just north of Dows Lake and is a vibrant cultural community. Hintonburg is west of downtown Ottawa, and has its commercial strip located along Wellington Street West
ON: The Queensway, north of the Gardiner Expressway and west of Royal York, is close and convenient to downtown Toronto via the Gardiner Expressway, and to lakefront recreation
ON: Sunnylea is a well-treed mature neighbourhood that is bisected by the pretty Mimico Creek, and is popular with young families.
ON: The Town of Fort Erie is located along the Northeastern shore of Lake Erie at the Southern mouth of the Niagara River. Small town flavour with big city amenities from Buffalo, New York just 10 minutes across the International Peace Bridge.