Francophone experiences

Parlez-vous français? Or do you just love French language, cuisine and culture?

Ontario has a rich Francophone history and vibrant and modern culture that thrives today in towns and cities across the province. Ontario’s French-speaking communities are part of the rich cultural diversity that makes the province such a unique and fascinating place.

Ontario is home to Canada’s largest Francophone population outside Quebec. Franco-Ontarian communities are found largely in eastern and northeastern towns and cities, in key Francophone cities like OttawaSudbury, North Bay and Timmins. East of Ottawa, the counties of Prescott-Russell and Stormont Dundas 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.

We’ve highlighted the best of Franco-Ontarian cultural festivals and events, historic sites and museums, theatrical performances, outdoor activities and cuisine. All of these activities and experiences have been carefully chosen for their authentically Francophone cultural significance. The languages of programming and service for each attraction are identified below each one.

Learn about Ontario’s Francophone communities and uncover stories that helped define the province’s diverse cultural landscape.

If you're looking for additional services in French, check out French language services.

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Last updated: November 7, 2023

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