Ontario is one of ten provinces located in Canada. It has the highest population density in Canada with over 14 million people and has Toronto for its provincial capital, and Ottawa for the nation’s capital. Hudson Bay and James Bay are located to the north. Notable is that there is a Hudson Bay department store in Canada.
Most of the population is densely populated in the south as the north has a frigid climate. Besides having several large cities, there are also plenty of densely forested national and provincial parks where you can go camping for a reasonable price. For those who don’t like camping, there are plenty of motels, hotels, and B&Bs for the traveler to stay.
Ontario is bordered by several different provinces and states, making it an attractive destination, with a short jump to another city to make the most of your itinerary.
Here are a few must-see sights for your trip:
• The Great Lakes: The Great Lakes separate Canada from the USA in the south. The lakes are Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and Lake Huron. There’s plenty to do in this region, from sightseeing to boating, fishing, and even deep sea diving to see one of the many hundreds of shipwrecks under the sea.
• Niagara Falls: Niagara Falls is a city on the Canadian side of the border. Here you can see the huge cascading waterfalls. The Falls are linked by the Rainbow Bridge to the USA. The Horseshoe Falls are on the Canadian side and the most spectacular of the set. Visitors have the opportunity to take the Maid of the Mist up close or take the elevator up the Skylon Tower to the observation deck.
• Canada’s Wonderland: Canada’s Wonderland is located in Vaughn. This is a huge amusement and theme park that operates year round. At certain times of the year, they have additional attractions, such as a Halloween Haunt. This is Canada’s largest theme park. There is also the Splash Works water park. This park is extremely popular with tourists, ranking only just behind Knott’s in California.
• Royal Ontario Museum: If you only have time to visit one museum, make it the Royal Ontario Museum. It contains great information about natural history and the cultures of the world. The dinosaur gallery is located in the Libeskind Crystal wing and is well worth the price of the admission.
• Parliament Hill: Parliament Hill is located in Ottawa and consists of a series of buildings in neo-Gothic style. You can wander around the outside of the buildings and snap photos. During certain times of the year, you can also book a tour to see the inside of the buildings and the library.
The license plates in Ontario display “Yours to Discover” which is apt for this province. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy. There is also world-class entertainment at one of the many theaters, and delicious ethnic food at one of thousands of restaurants.