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About Ontario

The trillium is Ontario’s official flower. Trilliums are delicate three petalled perennials that grow profusely in the provinces deciduous forests and woodlands

Amethyst is Ontario’s official gemstone. Amethyst is a purple coloured semi-precious gemstone found only in six other countries in the world.

Ontario’s official bird is the common loon.

The eastern white pine is Ontario’s official tree

24 Sussex Drive has been the home of Canada’s Prime Ministers since 1951 and is located in Ottawa Ontario.

Ontario’s only venomous snake is the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake and can be found near the shores of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair and Georgian Bay

Ontario’s largest snake is the Black Rat Snake, which is between 100 and 200 centimetres and feeds on small rodents. It is considered a threatened species in Ontario.

The rare blue racer is Ontario’s rarest snake and is an endangered species. It is found only on Pelee Island and some areas around Windsor.

The largest species of turtle in Ontario is the Snapping Turtle at 20 to 40 centimetres. Snapping turtles are usually found in slow moving water in the southern part of the province

The Chapleau Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary on 800,000 hectares in Northern Ontario is the world’s largest game preserve.

Every winter the Rideau Canal turns into the world’s longest skating rink at eight kilometers long.

Wasaga Beach with 14 km of uninterrupted white sand is the longest fresh water beach in the world.

Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario is the world’s longest street at 1,896 kilometers. In 1833 it became the first road in British North America to be paved. Yonge Street begins in Toronto and then changes to Highway 11 and then Highway 17 and then back to Hwy 11. It passes through a string of communities such as Barrie, Bracebridge, Burk’s Falls, North bay and New Liskeard before ending at Rainy River just shy of the Canada-U.S. border.

Toronto Ontario is Canada’s second largest city after Montreal.

The world’s largest fireworks display – The Symphony of Fire is held in Toronto every July.

The CN Tower, in Toronto, Ontario is the world’s largest freestanding structure.

The Skydome or Rogers Centre is one of the world’s most advanced entertainment complexes with a retractable roof that was the first of it’s kind in the world. It also contains the Jumbotron, one of the world’s largest video boards.

 
The trillium is Ontario's official flower.

The Rogers Centre

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa is the world's longest skating rink
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