Discover Interesting Facts About Ontario

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Whether you’re a local or visitor, Mercedes-Benz Burlington is sure to have some interesting facts about Ontario that will surprise you. This large and varied province offers rich history, cultural diversity, an abundance of food choices, and more! Learn more interesting facts about Ontario below!

Facts About the Ontario Province

  • Ontario covers one million square kilometres. This makes it larger than Spain and France combined!
  • Ontario is the second-largest province in Canada, coming in behind Quebec.
  • Boasting approximately 250,000 lakes, Ontario is estimated to have 20% of the world’s freshwater stores.
  • The official flower of Ontario is the trillium. The beautiful, white three-petaled flower can be found growing wild in spring.
  • Jewelry lovers will recognize the official stone of Ontario — amethyst — as the stunning semi-precious purple stone found in rings, necklaces, and earrings.
  • Niagara Falls remains one of the biggest draws to the province, as well as one of the most popular tourist attractions in North America.

Toronto, Ontario Facts

  • Toronto is the capital of Ontario and is the largest city in the province with over 2.8 million residents.
  • Linguistically diverse, there are over 100 languages spoken in Toronto and 44% of residents have a first language that isn’t English or French.
  • Thanks to this varied culture, local foodies and visitors to Toronto are treated to over 7,500 restaurants boasting food from around the world. Everything from Creole to Hungarian to Chinese to Caribbean foods are within reach.
  • Beyond the booming restaurants, Toronto is also the third most popular city for screen-based production work, with only Los Angeles and New York edging it out.
  • Popular actors from Toronto include Christopher Plummer, Will Arnet, Mike Myers, and Rick Moranis.

World War History

One of the more interesting facts about Ontario is that in World War II a Canadian spy school known as Camp X was run in Whitby, Ontario. Once the war ended, Camp X was turned into a communication interception station until 1969. Rumoured alumni of this secretive camp include James Bond creator Ian Flemming, as well as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl.

Uncover More About Ontario at Mercedes-Benz Burlington

If you want to learn more about what Ontario has to offer, contact Mercedes-Benz Burlington. We can recommend some unique places to visit in Hamilton or other Burlington attractions!

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