Ontario Canada

When you are ready to get away and enjoy a truly memorable vacation, Ontario, Canada is the perfect choice!

The province of Ontario is in the east central part of Canada and shares its southern border with the central and eastern United States. Home to some of the most beautiful woodlands and lakes, it is an ideal locale for lovers of the outdoors. Summers in southern Ontario are typically warm and humid while the winters are cold, providing ample snow for winter sport enthusiasts. In the extreme northern portions of the province, it is more of an arctic climate but is typically blessed by a mild summer season.

The largest city in Ontario is Toronto, the capital of the province. Toronto is a vibrant and sophisticated city with many popular attractions including Casa Loma, which is an authentic castle built in 1911 by Sir Henry Pellatt, a successful Toronto businessman. Unfortunately, Sir Henry lost his wealth during World War I and was forced to sell Casa Loma. Eventually in 1933 the property was claimed for unpaid taxes and was nearly demolished until the Kiwanis Club proposed turning it into a tourist attraction. Casa Loma and the surrounding gardens are magnificent and a must see when visiting Toronto.

Another Toronto favorite is the CN Tower, the tallest tower in the world. Enjoy spectacular views of the city from the observation deck at the top of the tower. When the weather is clear you can see all the way to Niagara Falls, which is one of the most spectacular natural attractions in the world.

The magnificent Horseshoe Falls and other attractions on the Niagara Corridor draw millions of visitors each year. Take a ride to the edge of the falls on the Maid of the Mist or spend a day cycling along the picturesque Niagara River Recreational Trail that runs along the Niagara River from Fort Erie to Fort George.

If your travels take you to Erieau Chatham, a day of pampering awaits you at the Eau La La Spa! Spend a day being treated like royalty from the moment you enter the beautifully appointed surroundings and enjoy a luxurious day of relaxation.

If you’ve ever dreamed of going on safari, then head to Flamborough, Ontario and experience the African Lion Safari! A wonderful time will be had by all as you drive through wide open spaces and see lions, tigers, rhinos, giraffes and many other species of animals roaming free in their natural habitat.


Toronto Canada

The provincial capital of Ontario, Toronto is a bustling, vibrant metropolis whose residents enjoys a diversified economy, high standard of living and a moderately temperate climate. It has the largest urban area population of any city in Canada, with the 2010 estimates approximating 5,000,000 inhabitants.

Toronto is located on the northern shore of Lake Ontario in a region once inhabited by both the Iroquois and Huron tribes. In the 1750s French explorers established the first fort in the area, but it was not until the 19th century that Toronto became incorporated as a Canadian city. For a brief time it was the capital of the Province of Canada under the British flag, and in the 1850s the first real growth explosion occurred due to the extension of several major railways leading from Quebec and Montreal westward.

Toronto received a great number of immigrants from all over the world following W.W. II and today has a greatly diversified ethnic makeup. The city has a large Asian population as well as districts that are marked by the culture of several European countries.

Toronto is located at the outflow of two rivers, the Humber River to the west of the central business district and the Don River east of downtown. The topography of the city is accented by the may ravines and bluffs that overlook the lake as well as the riverbanks and the creeks that form their tributaries. Because of this Toronto is well-known for its many interrupted avenues and boulevards, which terminate next to hills and then continue on the other side.

Toronto has an extremely large number of architectural wonders including the famous CN Tower, which at over 1,815 ft. (553 meters) was until 2007 the tallest freestanding structure in the world. Also of note is the Art Gallery of Ontario and the modern Allen Lambert Galleria. The historical buildings in the Distillery District are a wonderful preservation of Victorian style architecture and draw visitors from around the globe. The Rogers Centre (formerly Sky Dome) is the home of the Toronto Blue Jays major league baseball team and is one of the largest retractable roof stadiums on the continent.

Toronto has a moderate climate because of its location in southern Ontario. Summers are generally warm and humid with high temperatures in July averaging 26°C (79°F). Winders are brisk and the city receives approximately 133cm (52 inches) of snowfall per year. About 710mm (28 inches) of rainfall are recorded each year at Pearson International Airport. Rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the year and extensive dry periods are rare.

Toronto is considered one of the most important financial centers in the western hemisphere. The economy is centered around banking, aerospace, medical research, telecommunications, television and film, and the stock market. The Toronto Exchange is the seventh largest in the world in terms of market value, and the city is home to all five of the largest banks in Canada.

The city is divided into distinct neighborhoods, many of which were incorporated cities before being annexed. These include Scarborough, East York, North York and Etobicoke. Old Toronto is near the financial district and contains most the historical buildings from the 1800s.