The uniqueness of Canada's provinces makes each one worth
visiting. Whether you like to ski or swim, fish or golf, visit national monuments or
museums, Canada has it all in one beautiful, thirteen-province country.
One of the most popular travel destinations in Canada is Ontario,
a metropolitan centre of industry and culture.
With a population of more than 12 million, Ontario is home to about
one in three Canadians, eighty per cent of which live in urban centres; largely in cities
on the shores of the Great Lakes.
Ontario weather varies greatly. In the summer, temperatures can soar
above 30�C (86�F), while in the winter temperatures vary greatly depending on what part
of the province you are in. For example, in the south of Ontario like in Toronto,
temperatures often go down to -12�C (10�F) in the winter months (December, January and
February) whereas the winters are colder still in a northern city like Timmins, Ontario.
All areas of Ontario receive snow in winter yet have warm comfortable
Ontario tourism revolves around three major places: Toronto, Ottawa
and Niagara Falls.
Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the fourth largest in North
America. Some of the key attractions of the city are the CN Tower, the Harbour Front, the
Skydome (now know as Rogers Centre), the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the Toronto Zoo.
Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, offers a variety of fun activities
and museums to fill your day. The Ontario tourist cannot leave Ottawa without visiting Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, and the National Gallery of Canada.
Known as the honeymoon capital, Niagara
Falls is one of Ontario's main tourist attractions. Twelve million tourists flock here
every year to witness the wonder of the three major falls: American Falls (1060 feet wide,
176 feet high); Bridal Veil Falls (1060 feet wide, 176 feet high); and Canadian Horseshoe
Falls (2600 feet wide, 160 feet high). Niagara Falls is open and active 24 hours a day,
365 days a year.
Niagra Falls - � Michel Guntern.
Other places of interest for tourists in Ontario are St. Lawrence Market, Ontario Science Centre, Paramount
Canada's Wonderland, the Toronto
Islands, and the Stratford Festival.
Ontario has the largest fresh water lakes in the world and a huge
diversity of fish, making it the best place in the country for a fishing trip. However,
make sure to familiarize yourself with all the regulations regarding Ontario fishing
before planning your trip. Contact the Ontario
Ministry of Natural Resources for full licensing details.
Ontario resorts are in abundance. Many are beautiful waterfront
properties nestled in forests, providing the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, a
family vacation, or a fishing trip.
By Johnny Mangiante.
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