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Visit Ontario, Canada. Discover its history. Learn about the people who lived there through stories, old newspaper articles, pictures, postcards and ancestry.

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"Ontario is Canada's most populous and second-largest province. It stretches from Canada's southernmost point at Middle Island in Lake Erie in the south, to the Manitoba-Ontario border on Hudson Bay in the north, and from the banks of the St. Lawrence River in the east, to the Manitoba border in the west. The name Ontario, from a Huron word sometimes translated as meaning "beautiful lake" or "beautiful water," is apt, since lakes cover 17 per cent of the province's total area of just over one million km2." www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca

"Ontario acquired its name from the Iroquois word “kanadario”, which translates into “sparkling” water. The earliest recording of the name Ontario was in 1641 where it was used to describe a mass of land on the north shore of the easternmost part of the Great Lakes. The British settlers had originally called the land that covered Quebec, Ontario, and part of the United States all as Quebec. It wasn’t until the British enacted the Constitutional Act in 1791 that Ontario would be known as the land upstream from the St. Lawrence River, or Upper Canada, and Quebec considered the land downstream from the St. Lawrence River, known as Lower Canada. In 1867, Ontario and Quebec officially became separate provinces." nrcan.gc.ca

"Ontario: Residents of Canada's most populous province -- the country's economic, political and cultural colossus -- are generally thought of as more business-like and conservative than other Canadians." ediplomat.com



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Birds Eye View of Barrie, Ont. Canada
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1774 - Quebec Act passed, Ontario region added to Quebec Province

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1784 - Over 9,000 United Empire Loyalists settled in (now) southern Ontario

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1791 - Upper Canada founded (future Ontario)

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(1812 - 1814) War of 1812, Upper Canada chief target of Americans due to large population of American immigrants

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1841 - Upper and Lower Canada united by Act of Union to form Province of Canada; Upper Canada became Canada West, Lower Canada became Canada East

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1855 - The first modern game of ice hockey was played, in Kingston, Ontario

1867 - New Brunswick and Nova Scotia joined Ontario and Quebec in the new Dominion of Canada; Honourable Sir Narcisse-Fortunat Belleau appointed first lieutenant-governor; Pierre-Joseph-Oliver Chauveau became first premier

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1869 - The Ontario Government asks for an appropriation to erect and asylum for the 1,000 Canadian lunatics.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 30, 1869
1871--Population of Ontario 1,620,851

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1873
ONTARIO, a province of the Domi­nion of Canada, bounded on the N.E. and E. by the province of Quebec; on the S.E., S.S.W. and W. by the River St. Lawrence and its great lakes; and on the N.W. and N. by the North West Territories. Length from S.E. to N.W. about 750 miles, and from N.E. to S.W., about 500 miles. Area, land and inland waters, 107,780 square statute miles, equal to 18,979,­372 acres. Area of the Ontario frontier waters of the St. Lawrence and its large lakes about 27,094 square statute miles, or 17,340.160 acres.

The surface of the country is gently undulating, rather than mountainous, and is diversified by rivers aid lakes. The ridge of high laud which enters the province at Niagara Falls extends to Hamilton, and is continued to Owen Sound, thence along the peninsula to Cabot Head and through the Manitoulin Islands of Lake Huron. The Laurentian hills run westward from the Thousand Islands, near Kingston, and 'extend north of Lake Simcoe, forming the coast of Georgian... Read MORE...

1875 - Construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway began at Fort William, Ontario

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1884 - Boundary dispute resolved between Ontario and Manitoba

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1886 - The first Workman's Compensation Act was passed in Ontario

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1906 - Hydro-Electric of Ontario was created, first publicly owned electric utility in the world

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1916 - July 29 – In Ontario, Canada, a lightning strike ignites a forest fire that destroys the towns of Cochrane and Matheson, killing 233.

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1954 - First crude oil reached Sarnia, Ontario through pipeline from Edmonton

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1965 - 10,000 postal workers in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia struck for higher wages

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2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Ontario:
Toronto:

Visit the iconic CN Tower for panoramic views of the city.

Explore the historic Distillery District for its charming cobblestone streets and art galleries.
Stroll along the waterfront at Harbourfront Centre and enjoy concerts and cultural events.

Niagara Falls:

Witness the breathtaking beauty of Niagara Falls from various viewpoints.

Take a boat tour like the Maid of the Mist to get up close to the falls.

Visit Niagara-on-the-Lake, a picturesque town known for its wineries and historic architecture.

Ottawa:

Discover the rich history of Canada at the Canadian Museum of History.

Tour the impressive Parliament Hill and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Explore Rideau Canal by renting a bike or taking a boat ride.

Algonquin Provincial Park:

Embark on a camping trip and enjoy hiking, canoeing, and wildlife viewing.

Stargaze in one of Ontario's best dark sky preserves.

Muskoka:

Relax by the lakes, go fishing, or take a scenic... Read MORE...

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Genealogy Resources for Ontario

CE Anderson & Co, The Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory Montreal Supplement, Robertson & Cook, Toronto, 1869.

Ontario, Canada, Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1802-1967

The Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory: Containing Concise Descriptions of Cities, Towns and Villages in the Province, with the Names of Professional and Business Men and Principal Inhabitants, Together with a Full List of Members of the Executive Governments, Senators, Members of the Commons and Local Legislatures, and Officials of the Dominion, and a Large Amount of Other General, Varied and Useful Information, Carefully Compiled from the Most Recent and Authentic Data Henry McEvoy January 1, 1869 Robertson & Cook

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