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Welcome to Ontario


Ontario is Canada's most varied province with its large southern cities, tranquil farm country and wild remote northern areas where polar bears outnumber humans. It is in the eastern central area of the country, bordered by Manitoba and Quebec, bounded in the north by James and Hudson Bay, and bordering on the United States in the south. Ontario hosts the capital city of Canada, Ottawa, but also has Canada's largest city, Toronto, within its borders.

The province has a wealth of water, being the site of four of the five 'Great Lakes' of North America, as well as the mighty St Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers and about 200,000 inland lakes. Last, but by no means least, in the far south is the most famous water spectacle of all, Niagara Falls. Ontario is home to one third of Canada's population and has amassed great wealth from its mineral resources, heavy industrialisation, forestry, agriculture and fishing.

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Ontario has a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters when the temperature ranges between 36-14°F (0 and -10°C). Fortunately the major cities cater for the cold with indoor shopping arcades and sports venues.

The official languages are English and French (predominantly in Quebec).

The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud, larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian dollars.

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).

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