Ontario is larger than Spain and France combined. The province has a landmass of 1,068,580 sq km and is the 2nd largest province in Canada. At its greatest extremity Ontario is 690 km in width. the longest distance north/south is 1,730 km. The highest point, at 693 m above sea level, is in the District of Timiskaming, near Lady Evelyn Smoothwater Provincial Park.
Ontario is Canada’s leading producer of poultry, eggs, vegetables, lamb, fruit, corn, tobacco, soybeans, nursery plants and flowers. It’s also a major source of winter wheat, dairy products, hogs, and beef cattle. In 1998 about $5.3 billion worth of Ontario food products were exported to over 50 countries.
Ontario is the country’s most populated province. Over half of Ontario’s population lives along the western end of Lake Ontario between St. Catherines and Oshawa. Settlement and immigration from 1779 onward brought continuous waves of English, Scottish and Irish immigrants. Immigration continued throughout the twentieth century with large numbers of people of Italian, German, Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese, Indian, Polish and Caribbean origin arriving in the province. By the last decade of the twentieth century people from every country in the world lived in Ontario. English is the official language. Ontario’s Francophone population is the largest language minority.
The Ontario Host Family Association offers beef, dairy and grain placements.
Canada’s national capital city lies in the most eastern part of Ontario on the southern bank of the Ottawa River. In the winter, ice skate on the Rideau Canal – the world’s longest ice rink.
Toronto claims to be the home of “The World’s Tallest Building”. The CN Tower reaches up 553m (1,815ft) above the city with panoramic views over Lake Ontario and Toronto. Discover dining at the top at 360 Restaurant, the highest revolving restaurant in the world.
Gaze over the edge of the waterfalls at Niagara Falls or look up at them from the Maid of the Mist boat tours. This massive natural spectacle is one of the most visited spots in all of Canada. Niagara Falls is packed with many other activity for all the family.
Ontario’s booming wine industry can be discovered on the southern side of Lake Ontario. Award winning wines are available at tastings throughout the summer
Some of Canada’s best whitewater can be found on the Ottawa River.