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Central Ontario is the portion of the Canadian province of Ontario which lies between Georgian Bay and the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Image File history File links Centront. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area [1] Ranked... Georgian Bay (French: baie Georgienne) is a large bay of Lake Huron, located in Ontario, Canada. ... Lake Ontario, bounded on the north by the Canadian province of Ontario and on the south by Ontarios Niagara Peninsula and by New York State, USA, is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. ...


The population of the region was 959,266 in 2001; however, this number does not include large numbers of seasonal residents, which at peak times of the year swell its population to well in excess of 1.5 million. Although it contains small urban centres, much of Central Ontario is covered by farms, lakes (with freshwater beaches), rivers or sparsely populated forested land on the southern edge of the Canadian Shield. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...

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Central Ontario is located entirely within Southern Ontario. It is not geographically close to the actual "centre" of Ontario as its name would suggest, but in the transitional area between Northern and Southern Ontario. Still, it is considered a sub-region of the south or billed as a "Gateway to the North." Southern Ontario is the portion of the Canadian province of Ontario which lies south of the French River and Algonquin Park. ... Northern Ontario is the part of the province of Ontario, Canada, which lies north of Lake Huron, Georgian Bay, the French River and Lake Nipissing. ...


Parry Sound District and Muskoka District are within Central Ontario, but are treated as part of Northern Ontario by federal economic development programs because of these districts' special economic circumstances; Parry Sound, but not Muskoka, is now classed with Northern Ontario by the provincial government. Northern Ontario is the part of the province of Ontario, Canada, which lies north of Lake Huron, Georgian Bay, the French River and Lake Nipissing. ...


All or part of Grey County and Bruce County may on occasion be included with Central Ontario being they are north of 44 degrees in latitude but are far more often treated as part of Western Ontario or the Georgian Triangle area, which includes parts of both Central and Western Ontario. Hastings County and Prince Edward County may be considered part of Central Ontario by different sources but are more often included as being in Eastern Ontario, mostly because they share the same telephone area code (613), have better transportation links to this region, and are part of the coverage area of Kingston's television station. Categories: Stub | Ontario counties and regions ... Bruce County is a county in western Ontario, Canada, and includes the Bruce Peninsula. ... Western Ontario is a region of Ontario centred on London, Ontario. ... The Georgian Triangle is the name of the geographic region containing the counties surrounding the Georgian Bay, mostly Nottawasaga Bay, in particular. ... Categories: Stub | Ontario counties and regions ... The Corporation of the County of Prince Edward is a single-tier municipality and a census division of the Canadian province of Ontario. ... Eastern Ontario is the region of the Canadian province of Ontario which lies between the Ottawa and St. ...


The southern portion of the region is mostly agricultural land mixed with wooded areas, together with the growing cities of Barrie and Peterborough. Both cities serve as regional centres with strong economic ties to the Greater Toronto Area due to their proximity to its outer fringes. Barrie in particular has a fast growing population as a result of the GTA's northern encroachment and has benefited economically from its key position as a Gateway to the North. Both Barrie and Peterborough also overlap into the Greater Golden Horseshoe region. Motto: The People are the City, Barrie Means Business (advertising campaign) Location of Barrie, Ontario Coordinates: Country Canada Province Ontario Established (town) 1837 Established (city) 1853 Government  - Mayor Dave Aspden  - Council Barrie City Council  - MPP Joe Tascona (PCO)  - MP Patrick Brown (CPC) Elevation 76 m (249. ... Nickname: Motto: Dat natura, elaborant artes (Nature Provides, Industry Develops) Map of Ontario with Peterborough indicated with a red dot Coordinates: Country Canada  Province Ontario  County Peterborough County Established 1819 - Scotts Plains Incorporated as town 1850 - Peterborough Incorporated as city July 1, 1905 Government  - Mayor Paul Ayotte  - MP Dean... A map of Torontos Census Metropolitan Area, which contains a large portion of the Greater Toronto Area. ... The census divisions that constitute the original Golden Horseshoe appear in red on the map. ...


Geography

The Canadian Shield runs over the northern part of Central Ontario, a recreational area with a much increased summer-time population, including the wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park. Often referred to as 'Cottage Country', this area's lakes and rivers are dotted with numerous cottages, some of them seasonal, but in recent years there is a growing trend for some of these 'summer cottages' to be used as year-round residences due to a number of factors, abundance of outdoor recreation, baby-boom retiree population, increased local services and improved wireless communication. Algonquin Provincial Park is a provincial park located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in central Ontario. ...


The Trent-Severn Waterway, constructed over many years in the mid-19th century, spans Central Ontario via a series of boat locks, connecting Georgian Bay with Lake Ontario, entering the bay at Port Severn and Lake Ontario at the Trent River in Trenton. Bypassing many rapids, this world renowned waterway is used by pleasure boaters and anglers during the summer months. Lock One on the Trent-Severn Waterway This article is not about the British company Severn Trent Water. ... Canal locks in England. ... Georgian Bay (French: baie Georgienne) is a large bay of Lake Huron, located in Ontario, Canada. ... Lake Ontario, bounded on the north by the Canadian province of Ontario and on the south by Ontarios Niagara Peninsula and by New York State, USA, is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. ... Port Severn is a village at the mouth of the Severn River on the border between the Township of Georgian Bay and the Township of Severn, Ontario, Canada, situated on Highway 400 south of Parry Sound. ... The Trent is the name of a river in the United Kingdom. ... Dundas Street, the main road in Trenton, Ontario. ...


Climate

The climate of this area is a Humid continental climate with large seasonal variation moderated somewhat by the Great Lakes. Summers are warm and humid (sometimes hot) but are shorter than further south with generally cooler nights. Winters are cold with significant snowfalls, some snowbelt areas receive and average of over 300cm (120 in.) per year. Severe summer storms are also commonplace, particularly in Simcoe County which for Ontario has a high Tornado prevalance and was the site of the infamous Barrie Tornado in 1985. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Great Lakes from space The Laurentian Great Lakes are a group of five large lakes in North America on or near the Canada-United States border. ... Simcoe is a county located in central Ontario. ... A tornado in central Oklahoma. ... 1Time from first tornado to last tornado 2Maximum windspeed of most powerful tornado The U.S. - Canadian Outbreak was a rash of tornados that occurred in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, Canada on May 31, 1985. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ...


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