Moving to Ontario, Provincial Description & Overview
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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Ontario Communities and Neighbourhoods
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: Hamilton sits on a bay at the western end of Lake Ontario, astride the Niagara Escarpment.
ON: Scarborough lies east of the Don River, and is best know for the Rouge River parklands and the Toronto Zoo.
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.
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: 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.
Here are some featured neighbourhoods in the province of Ontario. Explore the neigbhourhoods in & around them that you may want to live in:
ON: The New Sudbury area runs along Lasalle Boulevard, and has shopping malls (including the New Sudbury Centre ) and a mix of commercial development along Lasalle
ON: This diverse community is the heart of Etobicoke, and was home to the former Etobicoke City Hall and City Centre. Located between Rathburn |and Dundas, and from Kipling west to Renforth Creek
ON: Near Lakehead Univeristy, and on a south-facing slope down to the Intercity industrial lands. Lots of row housing, and apartment buildings targeted at students, and many restaurants along Memorial Ave
ON: Pickering is ust east of Toronto, with access to Highway 401, Highway 407 and Go_train service for both residents and business. The community has an excellent hospital and fire service.
ON: This area is popular with families for their well-maintained, average-priced homes and their access to schools, walking trails, community centers, parks, the Grand River Hospital,and shopping centers.