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Ontario at a Glance

Ontario has wide-open prairies, densely wooded forests and is home Toronto and Ottawa. You could easily plan an isolated canoe trip, a fruitful hunting expedition or a nature hike in Ontario. Alternatively, delve into city life with fabulous museums and restaurants in Ottawa and happening nightlife, music and sporting events in Toronto. 

You could fill pages on Ontario's cities. Rich histories and chilly winters mean hardy and imaginative residents. Canada's food scene lives here as do a great many of its festivals, cultural events and diverse immigrant populations.  If the countryside is more your bent, explore fur trading outposts, feel the wind off the vast Hudson bay or try your hand at antiquing in Ontario's small towns. Plenty of National and Provincial parks highlight and protect Ontario's lakes, rivers and rolling hills. Bring a tent to experience outdoor living, fishing, hiking, biking, swimming and much more.

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Popular Places
  • Toronto Toronto
  • Ottawa Ottawa
  • Niagara Falls (CN) Niagara Falls (CN)
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Toronto Pearson International Airport
  • Major Airport Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport
  • Major Airport Thunder Bay International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

American citizens and permanent residents must now have a valid U.S passport or U.S green card to enter Canada. Visitors from other countries may need a tourist visa and can determine their specific requirements by using the website of the Canadian government.  All visitors must be able to convince immigration officials that they have enough money for their trip, that they are healthy, and that they have ties in their home country that will draw them home again at the end of their visit. American citizens can learn more information on world-wide travel at the U.S State Department's website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Ontario's wide open prairies mean the wind never stops. In winter, this can mean blizzards and dangerous snowstorms. Pay attention to weather warnings and stay home during severe weather.

Safety Concerns Take common precautions when visiting Ontario. Leave your car locked and protect your passport. Avoid dark, deserted and seedy areas during the night. Stick with a crowd and avoid flashing cash and phones. 

Health Concerns Ontario has clean drinking water and good public health. If you camp or hike, be sure to purify all water you drink from lakes, rivers and streams.


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