Ontario is a province in east-central Canada that borders the U.S. and the Great Lakes. It’s home to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, known for Parliament Hill’s Victorian architecture and the National Gallery, featuring Canadian and indigenous art. Toronto, Ontario’s capital, is home to the 553m-high CN Tower, with expansive views from its revolving restaurant, as well as High Park, site of a rare oak savannah habitat.
With a population of more than 13.5 million, Ontario is home to about 2 in 5 Canadians. More than 85% live in urban centres, largely in cities on the shores of the Great Lakes. English is Ontario’s official language, though there are several French-speaking communities across the province.
Toronto has the largest variety of theatres and performing arts companies in Ontario, and the second largest in North America after New York. Ontario also has well-known art galleries, like the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg. Ontario’s entertainment and creative industry is the third largest in North America by employment–ranking after California and New York.Within Canada, Ontario is the leading province for film and television production, book and magazine publishing, and sound recording.
Population: 14,915,270 (2021)
Official Website: https://www.ontario.ca/
Tourism website: https://www.destinationontario.com/en-ca
Tourist Attractions: Ontario is home to the nation’s largest city, Toronto, and the capital city of Ottawa, but it also encompasses vast expanses of wilderness and pristine lakes, and contains one of Canada’s most visited natural attractions, Niagara Falls. This huge province, about 15 times larger than the state of Texas, offers boundless opportunities for travel, adventure, and family fun.
- Niagara Falls
- Toronto’s CN Tower
- Parliament Hill in Ottawa
- Ontario Provincial and National Parks
- Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
- Canada’s Wonderland
- National Gallery of Canada
- Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
- Art Gallery of Ontario
- Thousands Islands
- Fishing in Northern Ontario
- Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada
- Muskoka and Cottage Country
- Fort William Historic Park
- Lake of the Woods
- Blue Mountain Resort
- Stratford Festival
- Sainte-Marie among the Hurons