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West Montrose or Kissing Bridge, built in 1881 over the Grand River north of Kitchener, is Ontario’s only remaining covered bridge

 Pelee Island was once home to the American Mastedon and the passenger pigeon. Both are now extinct.

In 1861 the population of Ontario was 500,000. In 2000 the population reached 12,000,000, one-third the population of Canada.

The McIntosh apple was discovered by Dundas County farmer John McIntosh and is grown throughout North America today.

The northwestern Ontario community of White River is the birthplace of the bear that Winnie the Pooh was named after.

Ontario is home to the Underground Railway, a network of routes and houses that enabled enslaved blacks to seek freedom in Upper Canada.

The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta is one of the oldest athletic events in North America and began in 1880

The Toronto Zoo was one of the first zoos to group animals according to where they are found in the world and also the one of the first zoos to allow animals to roam freely in large enclosed areas.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were originally called The Toronto St. Patricks

The Art Gallery of Ontario (the AGO) located in Toronto, Ontario is the eighth largest museum in North America. Founded in 1900 it is also one of Canada’s oldest museums.

The first trans-atlantic air flight from Canada to Britain took place from Wasaga Beach in 1934.

Pelee Island, Canada's most southern point, was once home to the American Mastedon and the passenger pigeon. Both are now extinct.


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