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Ontario

Located in the East side of Canada, Ontario is the second largest province in the country and the one where one-third of the population can be found.

One of Ontario’s most remarkable natural qualities is the abundance of beautiful forests and breathtaking lakes. Visitors will find more than 250,000 lakes that contain about one-third of the world’s fresh water.

Historically, these lakes, together with the many rivers that flow through the province, were paramount to the development of the region and the country and they were frequently used as means of transportation.

Ontario is one of the economic engines of the country.

The visitor can easily combine a shopping or cultural tour of one of its mayor cities, with a visit to Niagara Falls or a hike in one its multiple Provincial Parks.

Now, let’s take a look at the two major cities:

TORONTO:

Toronto is said to be the most multicultural city in the world. The city is a living mosaic where the list of things to do and see is never ending.

Located next to Ontario Lake, it is the capital of the Province (not the country!!), and the biggest city in Canada.

Toronto’s skyline is clearly identified by the CN Tower (533m high) and anyone can enjoy a very nice walks around what is considered one of the safest cities in the world.

Interesting links:
Ontario Government Site
Toronto CN Tower
ROM (Royal Ontario Museum)
Ottawa Parliament Hill

OTTAWA:

Ottawa is Canada’s capital and the 4th biggest city in the country. As most of the big cities in Canada, it ranks among the best places in the world to live, work or study and, as the capital of the country, usually acts as its showcase to the world.

One of the key trademarks of the city is the education system. Ottawa is full of public schools, universities and colleges that attract hundreds of students every year, which means that the part of the country has one the best educated population in Canada.

Most of the federal government bodies have presence in Ottawa and the Parliament building is one of the major attractions of the city.