Southern Ontario

Southern Ontario

Southern Ontario is the portion of the Canadian province of Ontario lying south of the French River and Algonquin Park.

For most purposes, Southern Ontario is much more commonly divided into smaller regions, such as Eastern Ontario, Western Ontario, Central Ontario, the Greater Toronto Area or the Golden Horseshoe, which includes the Greater Toronto Area.


It is generally considered distinct from Northern Ontario, as it is far more densely populated and contains the majority of the province's cities, major roads, and institutions (Southern Ontario contains 94% or 11.75 million of Ontario's total population of 12.5 million people); the north, in contrast, contains more natural resources and remote wilderness. The south makes up approximately 15% of the entire land area of the province as a whole. For an inland location, it has an abundance of fresh water coastline on three of the Great Lakes (Huron, Erie and Ontario) and smaller inland lakes, notably Lake Simcoe and Lake St. Clair (part of the Great Lakes system). It is a major vineyard region and producer of Canadian wines.

Some analyses can go as far as to consider the two regions as, essentially, separate provinces, due to the level of contrast. In fact, a large portion of the north did not become part of Ontario until 1912, 45 years after Ontario entered the Confederation.


Southern Ontario is home to almost 12 million people, compared to fewer than 800,000 in the North. This is due to many factors including the more arable land in the south, its more moderate climate, well-used transportation (water and land) routes and proximity to populated areas of the Northeastern (New York and Pennsylvania) and Midwestern United States (Michigan and Ohio).

The region is one of the top destinations for immigrants world-wide. Some of the most well known cities of Southern Ontario are Barrie, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, St. Catharines-Niagara, Waterloo, and Windsor, and largest among them, Toronto and Ottawa (also part of the sub-region of Eastern Ontario).


*"Chapman, L.J. and Putnam, D.F. The Physiography of Southern Ontario. 3rd ed. Toronto: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 1984. (Ontario Geological Survey. Special volume 2) ISBN 0-7743-9422-6."

External links

* [ Southern Ontario Tourism]
* [ Southern Ontario Road Map]
* [ Southern Ontario Nature Photos]

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