Moving to Ontario, Provincial Description & Overview



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.

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:

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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Toronto   Home NeighbourhoodsToronto Home Neighbourhoods

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)

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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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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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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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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:

The Beaches |and Leslieville  (Toronto neighbourhoods)The Beaches |and Leslieville (Toronto neighbourhoods)

ON: These communities lie between Lake Ontario and the communities of Riverdale and Danforth Village. The Beaches feature the Queen Street East commercial district and the 3 waterfront Boardwalk

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Stoney Creek (hamilton neighbourhoods)Stoney Creek (hamilton neighbourhoods)

ON: East of Hamilton on the south shore of western Lake Ontario, the area was settled by United Empire Loyalists following the US War of Independence, and was amalgamated into Hamilton in 2000

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West End  (Thunder Bay neighbourhoods)West End (Thunder Bay neighbourhoods)

ON: This lies on the south-facing slope of the hill overlooking the rest of the city. The homes here mostly date back to the post-war 1950s

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Centennial Park (Etobicoke neighbourhoods)Centennial Park (Etobicoke neighbourhoods)

ON: The Centennial Park neighbourhood surrounds Centennial Park, nestled between Highway 427 and the Etobicoke River Valley and south of Highway 401. Close to Pearson International Airport.

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Danforth Village, Crescent Town (Toronto neighbourhoods)Danforth Village, Crescent Town (Toronto neighbourhoods)

ON: Danforth Village is home to the popular shopping district along Danforth Avenue, "The Danforth") with shops and restaurants with a multicultural flavour, including Greek ans South Asian.

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