From the City of Thunder Bay one can see the Sleeping Giant of the North.
From Quebec to Manitoba, from the Great Lakes' waters and Minnesota border north to Hudson and James Bays, Ontario has a cherished heritage beginning from the time of the First Native Peoples extending to the present.

The Iroquoian word for beautiful water is Oniatare (Ontario).  To Ontario's north are the waters of the Hudson and James Bays; four of the Great Lakes and the powerful St. Lawrence River rim the south.   The Ottawa River, the Rideau River and the Trent-Severn Waterways are unequalled anywhere for unspoiled natural habitat measuring almost two thousand kilometers of connecting lakes, rivers, and canals.

The first inhabitants arrived at what is today called Ontario after the last ice age about ten thousand years ago.   Before the European migrants came to North America there were about sixty thousand aboriginal people, mainly Algonquian and Iroquoian speaking, living in Ontario. 

The Algonquian-speaking peoples included the Ojibway, the Algonquin, the Cree, the Hurons, the Tobaccos and the Neutrals.    The main Iroquoian-speaking   inhabitants were the Mohawk, the Oneida, the Onondaga, the Cayuga, and the Seneca.

Ontario's climate ranges from sub-arctic in the far north to humid continental temperatures in the south.    The four seasons provide stimulating diversity in lifestyle and leisure activity. 

Ontario is Canada's most populated province with a population of almost twelve million people from all corners of the earth.  Its landmass is the second largest of the ten provinces covering an area of almost one million square kilometers (four hundred and fifteen thousand square miles), larger than France and Spain combined.

One could spend a lifetime discovering Ontario and still there would be so much more to experience.  Let's begin together.

Written by David Williams
Research Ismail Laljee Wadiwalla

Copyright 2003, by David Clark,
R.R.1, Stouffville, Ontario, L4A 7X3