Moving to Ontario, Provincial Description & Overview



Toronto's Island Ferry, with downtown office towers behind

WHY BE Moving 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.

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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:

Kitchener-Waterloo Home NeighbourhoodsKitchener-Waterloo Home Neighbourhoods

ON: These communities straddle Highway 401, two hours west of Toronto, and are a major industrial, telecom, and university centre

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Sault Ste Marie   Home NeighbourhoodsSault Ste Marie Home Neighbourhoods

ON: Sault Ste Marie is a cross-border city on the St Marys River, located between the two largest Great Lakes: Lake Huron and Lake Superior.

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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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Etobicoke Home NeighbourhoodsEtobicoke Home Neighbourhoods

ON: These neighbourhoods are in the west side of Toronto, west of the Humber River, form the lakeshore up past Pearson Airport

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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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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:

Erin Mills  (Mississauga-Brampton neighbourhoods)Erin Mills (Mississauga-Brampton neighbourhoods)

ON: Erin Mills is nestled between the #403 highwayand the QEW, and is a newer residential area for Mississauga, bounded by significant industrial lands, served by two hospitals and the Erindale GO Station.

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Hull, Quebec  (Ottawa neighbourhoods)Hull, Quebec (Ottawa neighbourhoods)

ON: Hull has a number of older neighbourhoods, both in the Downtown area, and to the west is Manoir des Trembles, with over two thousand homes built in the 1980s and 90s

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Agincourt, Milliken (Scarborough neighbourhoods)Agincourt, Milliken (Scarborough neighbourhoods)

ON: Agincourt, which lies north of the 401 from Kennedy east to the railway |and industrial lands, has a strong Asian and south Asian community, with restaurants, stores and foreign language theatres.

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Oshawa  (Oshawa-Durham neighbourhoods)Oshawa (Oshawa-Durham neighbourhoods)

ON: City of Oshawa is about 60 km east of downtown Toronto, with east commuting using GO Transit or via highways 401 and 407. the city hasa solid industrial base, and great educational institutions.

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Princess Anne Manor |and Princess Margaret Gardens (Etobicoke  neighbourhoods)Princess Anne Manor |and Princess Margaret Gardens (Etobicoke neighbourhoods)

ON: Princess Princess Anne Manor (east of Kipling) and Princess Margaret Gardens (west of Kipling) are quiet family-oriented suburban communities with open spaces |and parks and mature trees

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