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About Ontario

Ontario is Canada's most developed and populated province, situated towards the eastern side of the humongous nation. The discovery of Ontario dates back to the 1600s, by the Europeans. But before them the Algonquian and the Iroquois tribes inhabited the region, both belonging to the Native North American Indians. But actual subdivision of the land took place more than a hundred years later after a treaty with the natives had been concluded, forcing them to cede the land.

Coming back to modern times, the province shares its national boundary with Manitoba on the west, Hudson Bay up North, and Quebec on the east. Being on the US-Canada border, it has Minnesota, Michigan and New York on the south. Internally, Ontario is sometimes split up into two regions, Northern and Southern. Ontario has a vast number of lakes, so much so that the province is named after the one called Lake Ontario. And the word Ontario is believed to have been derived from 'Skandario', meaning 'Beautiful Water' in the Iroquoian languages. Ontario has about 250,000 freshwater lakes. Ontario houses the national capital Ottawa, with Toronto as its own capital city.

The province experiences different climatic conditions, owing to the vast size. The southern parts have cold winters, and warm and humid summers. Yearly precipitation lies somewhere between 75 and 100 centimeters, and is equally spread throughout the year, though peaking mostly during the summers. As we move up, nearing the central and eastern parts, the humidity level goes up and so does the heat index. Hot summers and roughly similar precipitation defines the weather, though heavy snowfall is common in the eastern shores, up to 3M in few areas. And even further up, the Northern parts have subarctic climate, with long winters, and short, cool summers. Though, this region suffers from dramatic, sometimes even drastic, temperature changes all over the year. The absence of mountainous terrain allows much of the Arctic winds to enter these lands, causing the average temperature to be as low as -40C. Non-Severe and severe thunderstorms are experienced, averagely 34 days in a year. Tornadoes also form up over the province with about 15 touchdowns in a year, though rarely destructive.

Ontario has a diversity of nationalities within a population of 12 million, with English, Canadian and Scottish holding the top three spots respectively. Chinese, East Indians, and Dutch wind up the top 10. The province houses people belonging to 8 distinguished religions, and many others uncategorized.

Ontario is Canada's leading manufacturing state, with more than 50% of the country's total shipments. Its net debt in 2010-11 is expected to rise up to a record 37% GDP. Ontario's rivers and lakes enrich it with hydropower. Out of the 70% electricity generated by Ontario Power Generation, 51% is Nuclear, 39% Hydroelectric, and only 10% based on fossil fuels. The prime location of the province, superb transportation links to all over the world over land, air and water, have contributed to the Industrial Growth. The capital city Toronto is the Wall Street of Canada, and its neighboring towns are majorly IT Centers. Mining and Forest products also have notable inputs to the economy of the province, as well as the entire nation.

The transport system within the state is one of the busiest and most efficient all over the world. The 400-series highways link up as the primary road-web. The vast number of water bodies all across mean an excellent inland-waterway transport system. Capital city Toronto is linked internally with its Streetcar System-Via Rail, the busiest in North America, and its International Airport is the 29th busiest in the world. Most of the province's cities have regional airports.

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