33 Facts About Southern Ontario

1. Southern Ontario has about a quarter of a million lakes and countless rivers and streams.

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2. Southern Ontario is 65 per cent forests and 20 per cent water.

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3. Southern Ontario is crossed by two transcontinental railway lines and is bisected by one provincially owned north-south railroad with its northern terminus at Moosonee on James Bay.

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4. Southern Ontario typically has had a higher labour force participation rate than the national average.

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5. Until the end of the War of 1812, Southern Ontario was populated chiefly by aboriginal peoples and by immigrants from the United States.

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6. Southern Ontario is composed of two regions of widely different character, Northern and Southern Ontario.

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7. Southern Ontario became part of Canada when it was created in 1867.

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8. Southern Ontario is very big, so sometimes people break it into two.

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9. Southern Ontario shares a border with the United States and there are several border crossings including the one at Niagara Falls.

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10. Southern Ontario has the most people of any province, with 13,150,000 in 2009.

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11. Southern Ontario has two major east-west routes, both starting from Montreal in the neighbouring province of Quebec.

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12. Southern Ontario has grown, from its roots in Upper Canada, into a modern jurisdiction.

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13. Southern Ontario had the most wind energy capacity of the country with 4,900 MW of power.

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14. Southern Ontario is home to Niagara Falls, which supplies a large amount of electricity to the province.

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15. Southern Ontario became a hotbed for the illegal smuggling of liquor and the biggest supplier into the United States, which was under complete prohibition.

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16. Southern Ontario had a record 29 tornadoes in both 2006 and 2009.

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17. In contrast, the larger, northern part of Southern Ontario is sparsely populated with cold winters and heavy forestation.

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18. Southern Ontario is sometimes conceptually divided into two regions, Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario.

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19. Southern Ontario is fourth-largest in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are included.

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

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

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

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

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25. Southern Ontario contains the only city in the nation from which one can travel north to the contiguous United States: Detroit, Michigan is north of Windsor, Ontario.

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26. Southern Ontario is home to both Canada's largest city and the national capital city (Ottawa).

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

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28. Southern Ontario is well known for its attractions and tourism.

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

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30. Southern Ontario was colonized by the French and the British.

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31. 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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32. Southern Ontario differs greatly from Northern Ontario, in that it has a much larger population density, a different climate, and a different culture than its northern counterpart.

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

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