The Province of Ontario is;

  • approximately 1,076,395 sq. km / 415,598 sq mi.
  • larger than France and Spain , combined.
  • almost 1/3 the size of India.
  • more than 3 times the size of Germany.
  • more than 3.5 times the size of Italy.
  • more than 1/10th the size of Canada.
  • more than 4 times the size of the UK.
  • more than 8.25 times the size of England.
  • more than 15 times the size of Ireland.
  • about the same size of the US states Texas & Montana, combined.

The Capital of Ontario - Toronto

Canada's most populous Province with 13,505,900 residents as of 2012.

The Provincial motto - Ut incepit fidelis sic permanet  (Loyal she began and loyal she remains)

Official Flower - Trillium

Official Bird - Common Loon

Did you know?

The Longest Street in the World

The distinction of the longest street in the world belongs to Yonge Street in the Province of Ontario .    Yonge Street starts at Lake Ontario, and runs  north through central and northern Ontario to the area of Rainy River, on the Ontario – Minnesota border, a distance of over 1178 miles / 1896 kilometres.    The Guinness Book of World Records recognized this claim as late as 1998.

Most of Yonge Street today exists as Highway 11, north of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Due to the development of the GTA, the old highway lives on as side roads, dead-end roads, or overgrown wooded trails.

The World’s Longest Freshwater Beach

Wasaga Beach on Georgian Bay is the world’s longest freshwater beach, 8.6 miles / 14 km.    Wasaga Beach is located about 2 hours northwest of Toronto.

North America's Shortest Railway

The Thousand Island Railway, which ran in Gananoque Ontario, is North America ’s shortest railway in history, just 3.32 miles / 5.43 km.

The World's Third Tallest Tower

  • Canada has the third tallest tower in the world.  Completed in 1975, the CN Tower in Toronto stands 1815' and 5" tall.
  • CN Tower’s glass paneled elevator floors are the highest in the world.

Largest Sony Big Screen

Inside Toronto’s Rogers Centre (formerly known as the SkyDome) you will find the largest Sony big screen, measuring 33 ft. x 110 ft. (10.0 m x 33.6 m).

The World's Largest Coin

The Big Nickel located in Sudbury is the world's largest coin. It is a giant reproduction of a 1951 Canadian nickel, measuring 9 meters (30 feet) in diameter.

Lois Maxwell  (Miss Moneypenny / James Bond 007)

Lois Maxwell (1927 – 2007) was born in Kitchener Ontario , and was a regular columnist of the Toronto Sun newspaper.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

  • The 1964 animated TV movie “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was filmed in Japan , but the entire soundtrack was recorded in a studio Toronto , Ontario.
  • Most of the singing and speaking cast were Canadian.
  • Billie Mae Richards ("Rudolph") and Paul Soles ("Hermey") are neighbours in an Ontario retirement community.

 (as referenced from “The Internet Movie Database”) 

Guy Lombardo

Guy Lombardo (1902- 1977) leader of the big-band era “The Royal Canadian’s” and known for his yearly rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” which is still played on new years at Times Square in New York City, was born in London Ontario.

The Canadarm & The Canadarm 2

The world famous robotic manipulator affectionately known as the “Canadarm”, used aboard the space shuttle and its bigger brother the “Canadarm 2”, an integral part of the International Space Station, were designed and manufactured at Spar Aerospace, based in Brampton Ontario, just northwest of Toronto. 

Blackberry Smartphone

The world famous Blackberry Smartphone was developed at Research In Motion's Waterloo Ontario facilities.