Ontario is a province in Canada located in the eastern-central part of the country. It is the most populous of the provinces, with over 40 percent of the residents of Canada, but is the fourth largest in terms of total area. There are a lot of interesting facts that people do know, but here are a few you that you probably didn’t know.
It Houses the Largest Zoo in the Country
The Toronto Zoo is the largest zoo in Canada and one of the largest on the globe, so it draws a lot of visitors from within the country as well as throughout the world. It sits on 710 acres and more than 5,000 animals call it home. This includes over 500 different species of animals so visitors can see a large variety of wildlife within the zoo.
If you do plan to visit the zoo, be sure to wear your walking shoes as there are over six miles of walking trails around the property. When visiting with kids, be sure to pay a visit to the Adventure Zone, which includes an interactive wildlife experience and water play area.
Its Residents are Diverse
English and French are the major languages spoken throughout most of Canada, but Ontario is actually a very diverse province. Nearly a third of its residents speak a primary language other than either of the top two, and that will become even clearer when you pay a visit to Little Portugal, Chinatown, and Little Italy, several communities within Toronto. These areas have dual language street signs to reflect the tongues spoken by its residents. You’ll also hear a variety of languages when you ride the subway in Toronto.
It Has an Amazing Underground Pedestrian System
PATH, a massive underground pedestrian system, runs throughout Toronto and connects a variety of buildings. This system makes it easier and safer for those traveling on foot to get to work or school or run their errands, especially during snowy Canadian winters. It’s the largest system of its kind on the continent of North America, and it includes more than 1,200 restaurants and stores, 20 parking garages, a railway terminal, five subway stations, and 50 office towers connected through the pedestrian system. You can also shop the biggest underground sidewalk sale, held annually on the PATH.
It Has a Lot of Parks
In Toronto alone, you’ll find more than 1,600 parks across the city. And that number only includes named and recognized parks, so there are probably a lot more wooded areas that have not yet been named. Across these parks, within neighborhoods, and throughout the city, there are also more than 10 million trees. If you’re looking for a spot to visit that has a thriving outdoor lifestyle, this is the place to go. On a pleasant day, you’ll see thousands of residents soaking up the sunshine in one of the many parks.
There are plenty of unique and fascinating facts about Ontario that you can discover when you visit the area. Make a plan to take a trip to the beautiful province on your next vacation.