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Welcome to Ontario and Ottawa


Capital: Toronto
Motto: Ut Inceptit Fedelis Sic Permanet (Loyal it began, loyal it remains)
Flower: White Trillium
Population: 12,000,000+

The following information was extracted from the Provice of Ontario Web site

Welcome to Ontario, the province that one in three Canadians calls home. Ontario is a magnet for industry, the arts and science. The population is made up of many cultural backgrounds drawn to this vibrant province.

Ontario is a study in contrasts.

  • The varied landscape includes the vast, rocky and mineral-rich Canadian Shield, which separates the fertile farmland in the south and the grassy lowlands of the north.
  • There are over 250,000 lakes in Ontario - they make up about one-third of the world's fresh water.
  • In summer, temperatures can soar above 30°C (86°F), while in winter they can drop to below -40°C (-40°F).
  • Ontario's industries range from cultivating crops, to mining minerals, to manufacturing automobiles, to designing software and leading-edge technology.
  • Cultures from around the world thrive and are celebrated in Ontario with festivals such as Caribana (West Indian) and Oktoberfest (German).
  • Travellers can enjoy the many experiences Ontario has to offer, from a wilderness expedition in the north, to a "shop till you drop into your theatre seat" city excursion.

Province of Ontario Web Site

Visit the provinces web site for up to date information on Ontario.



(Note that the actual web site address is very long. The one above makes use of a web service called TinyURL to reduce those long web addresses to somethign much more manageable.)



The folllowing information was taken from the City of Otatwa Website.


Founded in 1855, Ottawa is the capital of Canada and is located on the banks of the Ottawa, Rideau and Gatineau rivers. Canada’s fourth-largest city is a complementary blend of urban and rural lifestyles, old and new neighbourhoods, culture and heritage, business and government. Ottawa also has a high standard of living reflected in a multitude of accessible services, vibrant entertainment, exciting recreational activities, and thriving businesses.

Quick facts at a glance

  • Population: 895,000
  • Area: 2,796 kilometres or
    1,080 square miles,
    90 kilometres east to west
  • Ottawa’s area is almost
    80 per cent rural
  • Ottawa can be found at:
    Latitude 45° 19’N and
    Longitude 75° 40’W
  • Approximately the same latitude as Venice (Italy), Bordeaux (France), and Sapporo (Japan)