Ontario, Canada... more to discover
Capital City: Toronto
Motto: Ut Inceptit Fedelis Sic Permanet “Loyal it Began, Loyal it Remains”
Provincial Flower: White Trillium Population, 2003: 12,238,300
The name 'Ontario' is suggested to come from the Iroquois word 'Kanadario' meaning “sparkling water”. The name seems fitting: not only is Ontario bordered on the south by the Great Lakes and on the north by Hudson Bay, but 177,390 km squared, or one sixth of its terrain, is covered by rivers and lakes. The province has a landmass of 1,068,580 square kilometres and is the second largest province in Canada. At its greatest extremity, Ontario is 690 km in width, with the longest distance north-to-south is 1,730 km. The highest point, at 693 metres above sea level, is in the District of Timiskaming, near Lady Evelyn Smoothwater Provincial Park.
With over 12 million people, Ontario is by far the country's most heavily populated province. While English is the official language, Ontario's Francophones play an essential part of the province's cultural life. The provincial government provides services in French in those regions where the Francophone population is sufficiently high.
Ontario is Canada's most productive province, generating some 40% of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Its manufacturing industries lead the way. Ontario's competitive advantages include its natural resources, modern transportation system, large, well-educated labour force, reliable and relatively inexpensive electrical power, and proximity to key U.S. markets: less than a day's drive puts Ontario's products within reach of 120 million American consumers.
*Portions: Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, Copyright ©2003
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