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Ontario is the largest province in Canada by population, and the second largest, behind Québec, in total area. Ontario gets its name from Lake Ontario, which is derived from the Huron word meaning great lake. Ontario borders most of the great lakes to the south, and Québec and Manitoba on the east and west, respectively.

The capital of Canada, Ottawa, is found in Ontario and is home to the parliament and many other political buildings. The capital of Ontario is Toronto, which is the largest city in both Ontario and Canada, with over 5 million people in the metro area. The city’s population is among the largest in North America.


Ontario’s climate is suitable for travel year-round, although the winters are some of the coldest in the country. The southern borders are humid and comparable to the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Though the summers are notably warm, as you travel further north, many parts of Ontario are considered to be in sub-arctic conditions, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees below zero in the winter. This makes for some great ice fishing, which has been a large part of Ontario’s culture for a very long time.


Ontario is known as a very multicultural province, with Toronto being the flagship for many of the events, sports teams and activities. Toronto is home to several professional sports teams. Fans of professional hockey can watch their beloved Maple Leafs in the winter and spring months. The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the original six professional hockey teams make up the National Hockey League.

While hockey is the national pastime for many Canadians, fans of baseball and basketball can also enjoy watching their teams play. The Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Raptors are professional baseball and basketball franchises.


With over 35% of Canada’s population living in Ontario, most of the economy that stimulates Canada comes directly from this province. Ontario is home to Ontario Hydro, which began in 1999 as a way to generate power millions of homes and businesses in Ontario. The power is generated by hydroelectric energy from water from the Niagara River. The generation of energy from these plants accounts for 85% of the energy generation in Ontario.


Ontario prides itself on having one of the most prominent theatre cultures in the Western world. Some of its theatres, like the Ontario Theatre, are considered to be some of the best in the world, comparable to theatres in New York and London.


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