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  • The province of Ontario is located in Eastern Canada.
  • It is the second largest province. Only Quebec is larger.
  • Quebec is east, Manitoba is west, Great Lakes are south, Hudson Bay and James Bay are north.
  • Ontario's capital city is Toronto. Toronto has a large financial district and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE).
  • Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is in southeastern Ontario.
  • Some other cities are Hamilton, Oshawa, London, Thunder Bay and Windsor.
  • Symbols:
    • Flower - White Trillium
    • Tree - Eastern White Pine
    • Bird – Great Northern Loon
    • In the Iroquois language "Kanadario" means "sparkling water " or "beautiful lake".
    • Ontario's motto is "Loyal she began, loyal she remains".

  • The first people were the Huron, Iroquois, Neutral, Ojibwa, Cree, Ottawa, Nipissin, and Algonquin.
  • More people live in Ontario than in any other province.
  • Ontario is the home of over 13.2 million people. (2010)
  • The southern area of the province has ninety percent of the population.
  • The largest city is Toronto with 5.7 million people in the Greater Toronto Area (2010 estimate).
  • Almost half of the people in Toronto were born in other countries.
  • Many are of Italian, German, Chinese, Greek, Portuguese, Indian, Polish and Caribbean origin.
  • In Toronto there are areas named Korea town, Chinatown, Greek town, Little Jamaica, Little Italy and Portugal Village.
  • In 2006, 47% of Toronto's population had a mother tongue in a language other than English or French. (Chinese, Italian, Punjabi, Tagalog/Pilipino, Portuguese)

  • Two language groups (Algonquian and Iroquoian) lived in the area of what is now Ontario.
  • The Algonquin speakers (Ojibwa, Nipissing, Ottawa, Cree and Algonquin) lived in the northern region. They mainly hunted, fished and gathered food.
  • Those who spoke the Iroquoian language (Huron, Neutral, Petun and Mississauga ) lived in the south.
  • They were farmers who grew corn, beans, squash and other crops.
  • They lived in villages surrounded by tall wooden fences.
  • French explorer named Brule lived with the Hurons in 1610.
  • Samuel de Champlain travelled up the Ottawa River to the Huron country.
  • The French traders wanted furs and the Huron wanted European tools and weapons.
  • Jesuit missionaries arrived in 1639 and set up missions.
  • Forts were built by the French and by the Hudson's Bay Company.
  • Loyalists fled the U.S. in 1781 and settled on the north shore of Lake Ontario.
  • The land was divided into Upper Canada (Ontario) and Lower Canada (Quebec).
  • York (now Toronto) was the capital of Upper Canada.
  • Upper Canada became a battleground in the War of 1812.
  • After 1812 Scots, Irish Catholics and Irish Protestants, Welsh, English, Germans and former American slaves were among those who settled in Upper Canada.
  • In 1867 Ontario became one of the four original provinces of Canada.
  • After Confederation settlements spread and valuable minerals were found in northern Ontario.
  • During the First World War manufacturing grew in Ontario.
  • After the Second World War the automobile industry grew.
  • Water covers about one-sixth of the province.
  • There are 250,000 lakes and numerous rivers and streams.
  • Four of the five Great Lakes are in Ontario. (Superior, Huron, Erie, Ontario).
  • Two long rivers are St. Lawrence River and Ottawa River.
  • Forests cover two-thirds of Ontario.
  • Ontario is divided into three regions:
  • The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Lowlands
  • Canadian Shield
  • Hudson Bay Lowlands(Hudson Bay Lowlands and the Shield cover 90 percent of Ontario.)
  • Hudson Bay Lowlands : wetlands and small bushes
  • Shield : rocky, forests, minerals, lakes and rivers
  • Great Lakes-St.Lawrence Lowlands : good soil for farmin
  • Niagara Falls, the most powerful waterfall in North America, is in southern Ontario.
  • In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway was opened. The seaway links the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Northern Ontario is rich in forests, minerals and hydroelectric power.
  • Zinc, nickel, platinum, uranium, oil, natural gas, copper, gold, silver and iron ore are mined.
  • Ontario is the main producer of nickel, cobalt, salt and magnesium in Canada.
  • The main industry is manufacturing of automobiles and auto parts.
  • Building materials, wood pulp and paper are the main forestry products.
  • Agriculture includes grain farms; fruit and vegetable farms; poultry, livestock and dairy farms.
  • The province is the leading producer of fruits and vegetables in Canada.
  • There are vineyards and wineries near Lake Erie and Lake Ontario,
  • Several newspapers and magazines are published in Ontario.
  • Toronto is Canada's financial center.

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Dr. R. Bandar (Astronaut) & Drs. Banting and Best (Discovered Insulin)
  • Dr. Roberta Bandar was Canada's first female astronaut. (1992).
  • Dr. Banting and Dr. Best developed insulin used in treating diabetes. They received the Nobel Prize in 1923.

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James Naismith (Invented Basketball) & Dr. Emily Stowe (First Woman Doctor)

  • J. Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891. He used peach baskets at first.
  • Emily Stowe (1831-1903) was the first woman doctor in Canada in 1867.

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Wayne Gretsky (Hockey Champion) & Barbara Ann Scott (Figure Skating Olympian)

  • Wayne Gretsky the famous hockey player came from Brantford.
  • Barbara Ann Scott (born in Ottawa) won an Olympic gold medal in figure skating (1948).

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Marilyn Bell (Swimmer of the English Channel) and Pauline Johnson (Native Poet)

  • Marilyn Bell (born in Toronto) was the first to swim Lake Ontario at age 16 in 1954. She was also the youngest to swim the English Channel.
  • Pauline Johnson, known as the "Mohawk Princess", was a native poet. She was born near Brantford.

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  • Karen Kain, a famous ballerina, was born in Hamilton.
  • Dan Aykroyd (born in Ottawa) and Jim Carrey (born in Newmarket) are well-known actors and comedians.

  • Alanis Morissette, singer/songwriter, was born in Ottawa.
  • Jeff Healey (1966-2008), a blind Canadian jazz and blues-rock guitarist and singer, was born in Toronto.
  • Many of Canada’s largest libraries, museums and galleries are located in Ontario:
  • Toranto: National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto)
  • Ottawa : Canada Science and Technology Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Canadian War Museum
  • Alexander Graham Bell Homestead (Brantford)
  • Black Creek Pioneer Village (Toronto)
  • Hockey Hall of Fame (Toronto)
  • Canadian Football Hall of Fame (Hamilton)
  • Stratford festival features concerts, musicals and other productions.

[1] http://www.aitc.sk.ca/saskschools/canada/facts/on.html