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Ontario
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Capital City: Toronto
Date Entered Confederation: July 1, 1867
Area: 1,048,580 Sq Km
Population: Click Here for Population Page
Motto: Loyal She Began and Loyal She Remains
Known As: Canada's Heartland
Provincial Flower: White Trillium
Provincial Bird: Common Loon
Provincial Tree: White Pine
Lieutenant Governor: Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell
Premier: Hon. Kathleen Wynne
Political Party: Liberal Party
Main Products: Agricultural: Corn, vegetables, soybeans, wheat, tobacco, potatoes, cattle, dairy products, pigs.
Manufactured: Automobiles, iron and steel, machinery, commercial and industrial equipment, pulp and paper, publishing and printing, refined petroleum, food and beverages, plastics, chemicals.
Mined: Nickel, copper, uranium, gold, zinc, salt, cement, clay products, lime, sand and gravel, stone.

The name "Ontario" comes from the Iroquois word "Kanadario" meaning "sparkling water." The name is fitting: not only is Ontario bordered on the south by the Great Lakes and on the north by Hudson Bay, but one sixth of its terrain, is covered by rivers and lakes.

Three main geological regions make up Ontario: the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Lowlands, the Canadian Shield and the Hudson Bay Lowlands. The latter are narrow coastal plains bordering Hudson Bay and James Bay; the land is wet and covered by scrub growth. The Canadian Shield, covering the rest of northern Ontario from Lake Superior to Hudson Bay, and extending into the southern part of the province, is a vast rocky plateau. Although the soil is poor and not well suited to large-scale farming, there is a wealth of minerals, forests and water power.

The Canadian Shield and the Hudson Bay Lowlands cover 90 percent of the province's territory, but are home to only 10 percent of the population. Northern Ontario's towns were built because of the railway, and today rails and roads carry the products of the mines and mills southward.

Further north, travel is often limited to air and water. The extremes of the northern climate are a fact of life there. At Winisk, mean daily temperatures reach only 12 to 15C in July, dropping to -25C in January.

The five Great Lakes are the most visible results of the ice age in Ontario, and the biggest, Lake Superior, is the world's largest body of fresh water.

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Lowlands comprise the rest of southern Ontario and contain most of the population, industry, commerce and agricultural lands. The Lowlands include the Windsor-Thousand Islands-St. Lawrence Valley triangle. The relatively temperate climate is more severe east of the Great Lakes. Mean annual summer temperatures reach 22C in the south, where the temperate climate and fertile soils nurture a major agricultural industry. This relatively small area has more than half of Canada's best agricultural land.

Toronto, Canada's largest city, has a regional population approaching four million, and is Canada's leading producer of manufactured goods, and headquarters of a large number of Canadian companies. Ottawa, the bilingual, bicultural National Capital, sits at the junction of the Gatineau, Rideau and Ottawa rivers, across from Hull, QC.
(Text courtesy Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade)

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