Francophone experiences


Ontario’s French-speaking communities make it a unique and fascinating place. Ontario’s history includes 400 years of Francophone presence. French Ontario’s modern, dynamic culture sets the pace for the province’s diverse communities.

Ontario is home to the largest French-speaking population in Canada outside of Quebec. Franco-Ontarian communities are found largely in eastern and northeastern towns and cities, and in key Francophone cities like Ottawa, Sudbury, North Bay and Timmins. East of Ottawa, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry are rich in Francophone culture. In the south, Niagara and Toronto are both home to a fast-growing Francophone population, and Windsor offers many French cultural experiences. The heart of French-speaking Ontario is nestled near Wasaga, Midland, Lafontaine and Penetanguishene. Windsor offers a variety of cultural experiences in French.

Learn about Franco-Ontarian communities and discover their contribution to the cultural landscape and diversity of the province.

We’ve highlighted the best Franco-Ontarian cultural festivals, events, historic sites, museums, theatrical performances, outdoor activities and cuisine. All of these experiences were chosen for their cultural significance.

Visit the French Language Services page for resources and travel advice.

Check out the National Classification of Services in French, which indicates French-language services available at each site to help you plan your trip.


Last updated: April 22, 2024

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