Almost 15 million people call Ontario home, and there is no wonder why. Some may want to live in Northern Ontario, with the colder weather and fewer people, while others may want to be in the more populous Southern Ontario. Ontario as a whole is large in size, diversity, opportunities and beauty unparalleled by other provinces. If you are considering a move to Ontario, one of these standout places may be the right place to relocate (keep in mind, though, that Ontario, Toronto especially, has expensive housing).
Ontario is located in Central Canada, and is home to Ottawa, the nation’s capital, and Toronto, the provincial capital, in which many people live. It borders the U.S. states of Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as Manitoba, Hudson Bay, James Bay and Quebec. Toronto is the city with the largest population in Ontario with around 3 million inhabitants. Ontario is the fourth largest in terms of land area, and is home to over one third of Canada’s total population.
The geography of Ontario includes the Canadian Shield, where very few people live, but is rich in water and minerals, the Hudson Brow Lowlands, with swamps, woodlands and no people, and Southern Ontario, which includes populated towns and cities. Forests, lakes and rivers make up much of the natural parts of the province. The climate varies based on location and season. Parts of Southern Ontario have a milder climate and less severe winters while Southwestern Ontario tends to have more humid summers and colder winters. Central and Eastern Ontario have frigidly cold winters and warm to hot summers. They also tend to get a lot of rain. The weather is variable, and residents definitely experience all four seasons.
Ontario has a rich culture, sophisticated locals and a modern vibe. There are things to do that charm city-goers and nature lovers alike, making it an ideal place to live to get a taste of the bustling cities and the quiet countryside. From Horseshoe Falls and Algonquin Provincial Park to the CN Tower and Casa Loma, it truly is “Yours to Discover”.