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FullnameProvince of Ontario
FlagFlag of Ontario.svg|100px
CoatOfArmsCoat of Arms of Ontario.png|200px
Label Mapno
MottoUt Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin)
("Loyal she began, thus she remains")
OfficialLangEnglish (de facto)|Flower=White Trillium
SloganYours To Discoverb
TreeEastern White Pine
BirdGreat Northern Loon
LargestMetroGreater Toronto Area
PremierDalton McGuinty
ViceroyDavid Onley
ViceroyTypeLieutenant Governor
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Ontario
PostalCodePrefixK L M N P
Area Footnotes
TotalArea Km21076395
LandArea Km2917741
WaterArea Km2158654
Density Km213.8
GDP Year2009
GDP TotalC$614 billion
GDP Rank1st
GDP Per CapitaC$43,847
GDP Per Capita Rank6th
AdmittanceOrder1st, with QC, NS, NB
AdmittanceDateJuly 1, 1867
TimeZoneUTC-5 & -6

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Ontario c-enɒnˈtɛəri.oʊ is a province of Canada, located in east-central Canada. It is Canada's most populous province and second largest in total area. It is home to the nation's most populous city, Toronto, and the nation's capital, Ottawa.

Ontario is bordered by Manitoba on its west, Hudson Bay on its north, Quebec on its east, and by three states of the United States to its south (from west to east): Minnesota, Michigan, and New York. Ohio and Pennsylvania are across Lake Erie. All but a small portion of Ontario's 2,700 km (1,677 mi) border with the United States follow inland waterways: from the west at Lake of the Woods, eastward along the major rivers and lakes of the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River drainage system. These are the Rainy River, the Pigeon River, Lake Superior, the St. Mary's River, Lake Huron, the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River, Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and along the St. Lawrence River from Kingston, Ontario to the Quebec boundary just east of Cornwall, Ontario.

Ontario is sometimes conceptually divided into two regions, Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario. The great majority of Ontario's population and its arable land is located in the south. In contrast, the northern three-quarters of Ontario is sparsely populated.

The province is named after Lake Ontario, which is thought to have been derived from Ontarí:io, a Huron (Wyandot) word meaning "great lake", or possibly skanadario which means "beautiful water" in the Iroquoian languages. Ontario contains about 250,000 freshwater lakes.

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