Something for Everyone
In Ontario motorists proudly display
the phrase “Yours to Discover” on
their license plates. Incredibly vast and diverse, Canada’s second largest
province truly offers something for everyone. Ontario stretches over one million
square kilometers, and the diversity of landscapes will make your adventures
An eastern-central province, Ontario is bordered
by Manitoba and Québec. To the north lies a largely
untouched landscape of forests and lakes, while the
most heavily populated areas around Toronto and Ottawa
are located in the southern region of the province.
“Ontario” is thought to have originated from the Native Iroquoian
word "Kanadario,” which means “beautiful waters.” With
more than 250,000 lakes and thousands of kilometres of rivers and streams,
the province is home to a quarter of the world’s freshwater sources.
More than brochures and websites, the natural beauty of Ontario comes
to life in popular tourist destinations like Algonquin Provincial Park, Pukaskwa
National Park, and Niagara Falls.
The major urban centres of Ontario show the true ethnic diversity of
the province. As one of the largest cities in the world, Toronto is home to
over 80 different ethnic groups. With an exciting night-life, thriving music
scene, and professional sports teams the city offers non-stop action. The Royal
Ontario Museum, which displays world-renowned art, history and science collections,
continues to make Toronto a hub for world-class culture.
In Ottawa, the Canadian Capital, tourists get a chance to visit some
of the province’s most historically significant buildings. Home to Parliament
Hill and the Prime Minister of Canada, Ottawa is a major stage for the Canadian
Today, ongoing waves of immigration continue to shape
Ontario’s culture, allowing the province’s
cities to represent the world with their rich ethnic
- We recommend that visitors to Ontario use Canadian
- If you need to exchange your own currency for Canadian
funds (or vice versa), a good rate of exchange is
offered by Ontario banks and trust companies.
- Many stores and services will accept U.S. currency,
but the exchange rate they offer may vary greatly.
- Since there are no laws enforcing foreign currency
rates of exchange, we strongly recommend that you
convert to Canadian funds before you make your purchases.
- We recommend also that you buy traveller’s
cheques at your home bank, in Canadian dollars. If
they are issued in any other currency, treat them
as cash and convert them at a bank or trust company.
- English is the language spoken by most residents
in Ontario, but there is a significant French speaking
population in the eastern half of Ontario
- French Language Services are available in many
- For more information French Language Services,
you may call the Office of Francophone Affairs at
1-800-268-7507 or 416-325-4949 or log on to www.ofa.gov.on.ca
|Road and Highway Information:
- Speed limits are specified in kilometres per
hour (km/hr) and vary by the type of road.
- 1 kilometre equals about 0.6 of a mile.
- 100 km equals approximately 62 miles per hour.
- 400 series highways (401, 404, and 407) post
speed limits of 100 km/hr.
- All other provincial highways are generally 80
- Local town and city roads are usually 50 km/hr.
- Fuel prices range throughout the region and are
sold by the litre.
Seat Belt/Child Restraint Laws:
Drivers and all passengers required to wear seatbelts.
Child restraints required for children less than
18 kilograms (40 lbs.)
Helmets for Motorcyclists: Required
Radar Detectors: Prohibited
- American visitors crossing the border do not need
a passport, but may be asked to verify their citizenship
with documents such as a passport or a birth certificate.
- Travellers under the age of 18 not accompanied
by a parent need a letter of permission to travel
in Canada from a parent or guardian.
- If you are travelling with children, you should
carry identification for each child.
- Non-residents of Canada visiting Ontario are allowed
to bring in any reasonable amount of personal effects
(reasonable means enough for personal use for the
length of the stay.) Please note that any unreasonable
amounts are subject to duty.
- Many agricultural items are restricted or prohibited
entry to Canada. Canadian law requires that you declare
all agricultural products you bring into Canada to
Customs officers when you arrive
By federal law,
all nonresidents entering Canada with a firearm must
declare their weapon in writing and pay a fee of
$50 (Canadian). Contact the Canadian Firearms Centre
at (800) 731-4000 for more information.
- Jan. 1: New Year’s Day
- April 9: Good Friday
- April 11: Easter Sunday
- May 24 (or closest prior Mon.): Victoria Day
- July 1: Canada Day
- Aug. (1st Mon.): Civic Holiday
- Sept. (1st Mon.): Labour Day
- Oct. (2nd Mon.): Thanksgiving
- Nov. 11: Remembrance Day
- Dec. 25: Christmas Day
- Dec. 26: Boxing Day
- Temperatures vary considerably across Ontario
- Temperatures are given officially in degrees
Celsius (°C) with the Fahrenheit equivalent
(°F) often added.
- Temperatures average -6 to -10 degrees Celsius
in the winter and 18 to 24 degrees Celsius in the
- For an exact conversion of degrees Celsius to
degrees Fahrenheit: multiply the °C by 9, divide
by 5, and add 32.
- Example: Convert 37°C to Fahrenheit. Multiply
the Celsius temperature, 37 x 9 = 333, divide by
5, 333 ÷ 5 = 66.6, Add 32, 66.6 + 32 = 98.6°F
|Traveling with Pets:
- Pets prefer the security of a travel container
with water to drink.
- Be prepared to provide Customs officials with a
certificate of good health and vaccination against
- Ensure your pet is licensed and has either collar
tags, an ID tattoo or has been micro-chipped.
- Establishments have individual pet policies, so
enquire in advance.
- Always ensure your pet is on a leash when you take
- The Humane Society of Canada recommends that pets
are best left at home.
- Provincial Parks allow pets
on a maximum of 1.8 metre (6 ft.) chained leash (not
||Size: 1,076,395 sq. km. (415,596 sq. mil.); ranks
||Capital City: Toronto
||Time Zone(s): Eastern/Central
||Minimum Age for
Unrestricted Driver’s License: 16
years, 8 months
||Minimum Age for
||Alcohol Consumption: Legal
age is 19
Ontario provincial sales tax is 8 percent.
Canada’s goods and services tax is 5
||Highest Point: 693
m/2,274 ft., Ishpatina Ridge.
||Lowest Point: Sea
level, Hudson Bay
Queen's Park, Toronto,
Ontario, Canada M7A 2R9