Facts About Ontario

Ontario Facts

Population: Over 14.8 million

Size: Ontario is Canada's second largest province, covering more than one million square kilometres (415,000 square miles) - an area larger than France and Spain combined.

Land: 894,639 sq. km (344,092 sq. mi.)

Water: 177,398 sq. km (68,490 sq. mi.), which is home to 250,000 lakes, which make up about one-fifth of the world's fresh water.

North/South Distance: 1,730 kilometres (1,075 mi.)

East/West Distance: 1,680 km (1,050 mi.)

Freshwater Shoreline: 3,081 km (2,362 mi.) along Great Lakes

Saltwater Shoreline: 1,094 km (680 mi.) along James and Hudson bays

Southernmost Point: Middle Island off Pelee Island (Latitude 40x41'; same as Rome, Italy, and Northern California)

Northernmost Point: Latitude 56x50' at Ontario-Manitoba border; which is close to that of London, England and Warsaw, Poland

Highest Point: Timiskaming district (693 m/2,274 ft.)

Lowest Point: Hudson Bay shore (sea level)


Ontario's Emblems 

Official Flag: The flag of Ontario is called the Red Ensign. It includes the Union Jack, representing Ontario's ties to Great Britain, and the Coat-of-Arms of the Province.

Coat-of-Arms of Ontario: The Coat-of-Arms of the Province consists of a green shield with three golden maple leaves surmounted by the Banner of St. George, a red cross on a silver background. The banner indicates Ontario's close ties with Britain, while the colours, green and gold, are Ontario's official colours; green symbolizes the land. Above the shield is a bear, with a moose and a deer supporting the shield; all representing the rich animal life of the province. The Latin motto is translated as "Loyal She Began, Loyal She Remains." The shield was granted by Royal Warrant of Queen Victoria on May 25, 1868, and the crest, supporters and motto by Royal Warrant of King Edward VII on February 27, 1909.

Official Flower: The official flower of Ontario is the trillium, a delicate white three petalled flower that grows in profusion in the wild woodlands of the province in early spring.

Official Gem: Amethyst, the rich purple semi-precious stone, is the official gem of Ontario. Large deposits are found in Northwestern Ontario.

Official Tree: The Eastern White Pine, Ontario's official tree, was an important source of income and trade during the pioneering days and continues to be a valuable resource for Ontario today.

Official Bird: The Common Loon was adopted as Ontario's official bird on June 23, 1994.


Public Holidays 

Following is a list of public holidays in Ontario:

  • New Year's Day, January 1 
  • Family Day, 3rd Monday in February 
  • Good Friday, 2 days prior to Easter Sunday 
  • Easter Sunday, 1st Sunday after the Paschal full moon 
  • Victoria Day, May 20, last Monday preceding May 25 
  • Canada Day, July 1 
  • Civic Holiday, 1st Monday in August 
  • Labour Day, September 2 
  • Canadian Thanksgiving, 2nd Monday in October 
  • Remembrance Day, November 11 
  • Christmas Day, December 25 
  • Boxing Day, December 26

Most banks and post offices close on these holidays; be sure to check ahead.

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