Located in Eastern Canada, Ontario is the second largest province in Canada (larger than France and Spain combined) is boarded between the provinces of Québec to east, Manitoba to the west, Hudson Bay and James Bay on the north, and the St. Lawrence River, the Great Lakes and USA on the south.
Extending more than one million square kilometers (415,000 square miles) Ontario is home to over 13 million residents; the majority of population in Ontario is located in the south. Canada’s largest and most densely populated city Toronto is also the provinces capital city and major economic and industrial portal, Ottawa the capital of Canada is also located in the province of Ontario.
Entered Canadian confederation in July 1, 1867
Ontario is Canada’s second largest province
Canada’s third largest province and most westerly province
One-third of all Canadians live in Ontario.
Capital city: Toronto
Largest city: Toronto
Largest metro: Greater Toronto Area
Official languages: English, French
Total Area: 894,639 sq. km (344,092 sq. mi.)
Highest Point: Timiskaming district (693 m/2,274 ft.)
Lowest Point: Hudson Bay shore (sea level)
Distance: North/South 1,730 kilometres (1,075 mi.)
East/West: 1,680 km (1,050 mi.)
Provincial Flower: White Trillium
Provincial Tree: The Eastern White Pine
Provincial Bird: The Common Loon adopted as Ontario’s official bird on June 23, 1994.
Provincial Gemstone: Amethyst
Provincial Motto: “Loyal She Began, Loyal She Remains.”
Lieutenant Governor: David Onley
Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal)