Moving to Ontario, Provincial Description & Overview



Toronto's Island Ferry, with downtown office towers behind

WHY MOVE to Ontario?

Ontario is most like the USA, and is often its double in TV shows and movies. It has big cities, big industry, and at the same time, great shopping, world-class dining, and is dotted with historical sites going back to early French expolorers, and the War of 1812.

Ontario's Location

Hamilton's berdeen neighbourhoods lies on the edge of the Nigara Escarpment

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 History

Etobiocke has condos overlooking marshlands, with views of downtown Toronto

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.

Ontario's Economy

Pickering is not just a bedroom communty but has big-city Condominiums

Ontario's People

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.

Maki Point homesoverlooking Nephawin Lake in Greater Sudbury 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.

Useful Links

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Ontario's Economy Ontario Maps Ontario's Trans-Canada


Ontario Communities and Neighbourhoods

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Ontario Cities

Here are the major cities/regions in the province of Ontario. Explore the neigbhourhoods in & around them that you may want to live in:

Scarborough  Home NeighbourhoodsScarborough Home Neighbourhoods

ON: Scarborough lies east of the Don River, and is best know for the Rouge River parklands and the Toronto Zoo.

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Barrie - Muskoka and Georgian Bay CommunitiesBarrie - Muskoka and Georgian Bay Communities

ON: These communities are around Lake Simcoe, along Georgian Bay and in the Muskoka tourism area

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Niagara Falls and Region  Home NeighbourhoodsNiagara Falls and Region Home Neighbourhoods

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.

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Mississauga Brampton  Home NeighbourhoodsMississauga Brampton Home Neighbourhoods

ON: Mississauga to the west of Pearson Airport, is the 6th largest and fastest growing major city in Canada, and Brampton is to the north

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Hamilton  Home NeighbourhoodsHamilton Home Neighbourhoods

ON: Hamilton sits on a bay at the western end of Lake Ontario, astride the Niagara Escarpment.

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Ontario Neighbourhoods

Here are some featured neighbourhoods in the province of Ontario. Explore the neigbhourhoods in & around them that you may want to live in:

East End  (Thunder Bay neighbourhoods)East End (Thunder Bay neighbourhoods)

ON: Close to the waterfront, with the Kaministiquia River on the south, this neighbourhood has traditionally been home to the poorer ethnic residents

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Niagara Falls (Niagara neighbourhoods)Niagara Falls (Niagara neighbourhoods)

ON: This city lies on the west bank of the Niagara River,withs three bridges that cross to the United States. The city's success lie in two key industries: international trade and tourism.

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McKellar Park  (Thunder Bayneighbourhoods)McKellar Park (Thunder Bayneighbourhoods)

ON: Just north of former Fort William's downtown, and west of the May Street thoroughfare has larger nicer homes, and the area to the east has many smaller fixer-uppers

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Oakville (Oakville-Burlington neighbourhoods)Oakville (Oakville-Burlington neighbourhoods)

ON: Oakville has a small town ambiance with excellent Highway, GO Train, and VIA Rail transportation. Oakville is home for 4,500 businesses and over 260 major head offices, including the Ford Motor Company of Canada

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Meadowvale  (Mississauga-Brampton neighbourhoods)Meadowvale (Mississauga-Brampton neighbourhoods)

ON: Meadowvale has small-town charm and lies along the Credit River between two industrial areas, served by the Credit Valley Hospital, and the Meadowvale GO Station.

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