Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Southern Ontario

southern Ontario

Southern Ontario Countryside
July 3, 2008

We live in beautiful Southern Ontario. Southern Ontario lies south of Algonquin Park and the French River in the province of Ontario, Canada spanning 139,931 km2 (52,860 sq mi). This southernmost region of Canada is bordered by Lake Huron to the northwest, Lake Erie to the south and Lake Ontario to the southeast. It is the southern most region of Canada. Cities include Toronto, Ottawa, London, Windsor, Brampton, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Waterloo, Kitchener, St. Catherines and Windsor. The southern most areas are greatly influenced by the US not only through media but daily border crossings. The main US/Canadian border crossings in southern Ontario are: Windsor, ON/Detroit, MI; Sarnia, ON/Port Huron, MI; Fort Erie, ON/Buffalo, NY and Niagara, ON/Niagara Falls, NY. The two ferry border crossings are: Sombra, ON/Marine City, MI and Walpole Island, ON/Algonac, MI.

Southern Ontario contrasts greatly from Northern Ontario in population size, climate and culture. Large expanses of farmland, vineyards and commercial growing operations span the landscape between urban areas. In the very southern regions the land is flatter but becomes rolling hills as you move towards the Niagara Escarpment. Surrounded on three sides by the Great Lakes the area is known for sport fishing and boating. A great pass time is finding a spot along the connecting waterways (St. Clair River, Detroit River, Niagara River) of Lakes Huron and Erie to watch the shipping vessels go by. During the summer months there are many wonderful beaches to ponder by while enjoying fresh, local Ontario Produce. There are many great eateries to enjoy as well focusing on Great Lakes fish, Canadian Beef, Canadian Chicken, Canadian Pork and Ontario wines.


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