Ontario: The Traveling Facts

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Ontario is Canada's second largest province but most populous province and is the economic engine that powers the country. The word "Ontario:" is thought to mean "beautiful waters" in the indigenous languages. While 80 percent of the province is covered by forests, 20 per cent is comprised of water, with over 250,000 lakes.

Ontario is Canada manufacturing leader and produces 60% of all manufactured goods exported. Canada has political systems based on the British parliamentary and constitutional monarchy model

 There are countless interesting and exciting things to see and do.

Capital:
Toronto (pop; 4,000,000 app.), located on Lake Ontario, is Canada's largest city. It is also the commercial, industrial and financial centre of Canada.

Accommodations
With an accommodation directory of thousands of luxury hotel, motels, country inns, resorts, lodges, bed and breakfasts, farm vacations, self-catering accommodation, camping and house boating. Most major chains have hotels in Ontario -- Ontario's accommodation properties can satisfy your needs and tastes. All offer great ambience, tradition, recreation, spa services, fine dining and modern décor. Please note that some establishments may not offer bar, lounge or licensed dining rooms. It's advisable to book ahead to determine if you may enjoy your own purchased alcoholic beverages on site.

Attractions
From the tip of Pelee Island to the shores of James Bay, Discover a world of attractions in Toronto. Stand on Parliament Hill and overlook the city of Ottawa. Explore art galleries, museums and heritage sites. Discover Niagara Falls by land, water or air. Seek adventure at tons of outdoor attractions, parks, nature preserves and on thousands of lakes and rivers.

History and Culture
The French were the first Europeans to arrive in Ontario, following the path of explorers in the early 1600s. Today, there are two Aboriginal language groups in Ontario: Algonquian, spoken by the Algonquin, Ojibwa and Cree; and Iroquoian, spoken by the Iroquois. The French culture is still a part of Ontario. English and French are common Languages.

Weather
Ontario's climate is considered continental. Due to Ontario's size and diverse geography, temperatures may vary tremendously from region to region and even within the regions themselves.

Spring: From March - May, temperature ranges from 8° C to 18° C (46° F to 64° F).

Summer: From June - mid-September, temperatures range from 21° C to 31° C (70° F to 88° F).

Fall: From mid-late September - November, temperatures range from 7° C to 17° C (45° F to 63° F).

Winter: From December - February, temperatures hover between -4C to -18 C (25° F to 0° F). Snowfall usually occurs through December, January and February. Precipitation in Northern Ontario varies from 70 cm to 97 cm (28 in. to 38 in.).

Currency
The Canadian dollar (CAD), which is divided into 100 centsCoin denominations are; 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1"loonies" and $2 "toonies" Notes/bill are $5(blue),$10,00(purple), $20,00(green),$50,00(red).  Buy a bit of local currency before departing for Canada.

Custom and duty
Non-residents of Canada visiting Ontario are allowed to bring in any reasonable amount of personal effects and a reasonable supply of food.

Tips or service charge
Tips or service charges are not usually added to the bill in Canada. In general, a tip of 15% of the pre-tax total is given.

Driving in Ontario
Non-residents are permitted for 3 months to drive with a driving license which is valid in their own country. Driving is on the right-hand side of the road and the wearing of seatbelts is compulsory

Time Zone
Most of Ontario is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone. Some of Western/Northern Ontario is in the Central Time Zone. It is -5 GMT. Daylight Saving Time comes into effect from April - October.
  
Electrical Current
The standard electrical voltage current in Ontario is 110 volts/60 cycles. Not Europe standard.

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