Capital City: Toronto
Ontario is home to world-famous Niagara Falls and the Canadian capital of Ottawa. Ontario is bounded by Québec to the east, Manitoba to the west, Hudson Bay and James Bay to the north, and the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes and the United States to the south.
Canada's second-largest province, Ontario covers 1.1 million square kilometres and boasts over half of a million lakes and 60,000 kilometres of rivers.
Overall, Ontario is larger in area than France and Spain combined and has a population of over twelve million people. In Toronto, Canada's largest city, one can find a variety of cultural and economic activities as well as the CN Tower - the world's tallest free-standing structure. Ontario's francophones play an essential part in the province's cultural life and are the largest language minority. The name Ontario is generally thought to be derived from the Iroquois word Skanadario, meaning "beautiful water".