25 Facts About Southern Ontario


Southern Ontario is a primary region of the province of Ontario, Canada, the other primary region being Northern Ontario.

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The exact northern boundary of Southern Ontario is disputed; however, the core region is situated south of Algonquin Park, the latter being in an area of transition between coniferous forest north of the French and Mattawa Rivers and southern deciduous forest.

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Core area of Southern Ontario is part of the Quebec City–Windsor Corridor, which extends northeast into southern Quebec.

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Southern Ontario can be distinguished from Northern Ontario because it is far more densely populated and contains the majority of the province's cities, major roads, and institutions.

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Southern Ontario was where a large portion of the battles took place during the War of 1812, and was a major destination for escaping slaves using the underground railroad.

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Thousands of years, Southern Ontario has been home to indigenous aboriginal communities, with numerous nations with differing languages at the time of European contact.

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Since the mid-2000s, Southern Ontario has produced more vehicles per year than the state of Michigan.

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Some parts of Southern Ontario are heavily entwined with bordering cities in New York and Michigan in terms of industry and people.

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Southern Ontario is home to several professional sports teams, including the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL; the Toronto Blue Jays in Major League Baseball; the NBA's Toronto Raptors; soccer's Toronto FC in MLS and Atletico Ottawa in the Canadian Premier League; and three teams in the Canadian Football League—the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Ottawa Redblacks, and Toronto Argonauts.

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Southern Ontario Parks governs all provincial parks, and Parks Canada governs all national parks.

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Southern Ontario is home to both Canada's capital city, and Canada's largest city .

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Southern Ontario has long been an international destination for higher learning.

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Many notable Canadians have been born in Southern Ontario, owing to its nature as Canada's largest concentration of population.

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Southern Ontario has a highly developed transport system including many highways, airports, ports, trains and buses.

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The freeway system in Southern Ontario is referred to as the King's highways system, or the 400 series highways.

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The freeways are digitally monitored by the Ministry of Transportation using the COMPASS-Freeway Traffic Management System With the long-awaited upgrade of Highway 406, all the freeways in Southern Ontario are at least 4 lanes wide, fully controlled with interchanges and divided.

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Southern Ontario has several border crossings with the United States.

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Southern Ontario has thousands of other fresh water lakes and rivers, as well as the Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal.

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Many Southern Ontario Ontarians living close to the Michigan or New York State borders use either Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, or Buffalo Niagara International Airport as their local airport.

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Southern Ontario has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons.

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The climate found over most of southern Ontario falls within the Dfb and Dfa climate subtype, much warmer or milder than the northern part of the province due to lower latitude, presence of bodies of water and intense urbanization.

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Harsh weather is not uncommon in the region, in the summer months Southern Ontario is susceptible to tornadoes but far more often, straight line wind damage, hail and localized flooding from severe thunderstorms.

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Southern Ontario gets hurricane remnants, floods, ice storms, heavy fog, hail, and blizzards.

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Southern Ontario has a very different climate from the rest of the country.

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The Carolinian forests of Southern Ontario have in large part been destroyed by development sprawl.

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