Ontario 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: These communities straddle Highway 401, two hours west of Toronto, and are a major industrial, telecom, and university centre
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)
ON: orth York, north of Eglinton is now amalgamated as part of the larger City of Toronto
ON: These communities are around Lake Simcoe, along Georgian Bay and in the Muskoka tourism area
ON: Hamilton sits on a bay at the western end of Lake Ontario, astride the Niagara Escarpment.
Here are some featured neighbourhoods in the province of Ontario. Explore the neigbhourhoods in & around them that you may want to live in:
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.
ON: The Kensington neighbourhood has a popular multicultural outdoor market. Grange Park was an early Toronto establishment neighbourhood, and is home to the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Ontario College of Art
ON: East York is an affordable community 15 minutes from downtown Toronto's via Bloor or the Don Valley Parkway. Excellent transit access to subway stations on the Bloor-Danforth line.
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: Barrhaven is a suburban area in the middle of the Greenbelt, between Fallowfield Rd), the Rideau River and Highway 416.