10 Facts About Lake Ontario


The last in the Great Lakes chain, Lake Ontario serves as the outlet to the Atlantic Ocean via the Saint Lawrence River, comprising the eastern end of the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

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Lake Ontario is the easternmost of the Great Lakes and the smallest in surface area, although it exceeds Lake Erie in volume .

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Major rivers draining into Lake Ontario include the Niagara River, Don River, Humber River, Trent River, Cataraqui River, Genesee River, Oswego River, Black River, Little Salmon River, and the Salmon River.

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Lake Ontario basin was carved out of soft, weak Silurian-age rocks by the Wisconsin ice sheet during the last ice age.

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Name Ontario is derived from the Huron word Ontari'io, which means "great lake".

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Lake Ontario was a French soldier, courtier, and Governor General of New France from 1672 to 1682 and from 1689 to his death in 1698.

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Great Lakes watershed is a region of high biodiversity, and Lake Ontario is important for its diversity of birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and plants.

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Between Stoney Creek and Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario on the Niagara Peninsula is a major fruit-growing and wine-making area.

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Lake Ontario's completed the 32-mile crossing from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Marilyn Bell Park in just under 27 hours.

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Lake Ontario is the site of several major commercial ports including the Port of Toronto and the Port of Hamilton.

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