OKIE dokie, This week we are celebrating O, which is perfectly OKAY with me as this is the perfect OCCASION to tell you all a little bit about my home province, ONTARIO. (Click on the above map if you want to see it better.)
ONTARIO is a big place, covering more than a million square kilometres (that's 415,000 square miles), which is more than the area of Spain and France combined. Approximately one-third of all Canadians live in the the southern quarter of ONTARIO, which includes Canada's largest city (Toronto) and Canada's capital (Ottawa). ONTARIO'S north is sparsely populated.
Although ONTARIO is quite a distance away from either the Atlantic or Pacific OCEANS. it's still a watery place. See those five huge lakes, the Great Lakes? They are big enough to be inland, fresh-water seas. Lake ONTARIO is the smallest of the Great Lakes, and it is still very large.
With all that water (and thousands of smaller lakes besides), ONTARIO tends to be a humid place. Most of our weather crosses water before it reaches us, picking up moisture as it comes. From the north it crosses Hudson Bay, and from the west and south, the Great Lakes. That usually means lots of snow in winter, rain in summer, and many cloudy skies year round. Oh how I enjoy a clear blue sky when we have one! But cloudy skies do create beautiful sunsets, and I do love those too.
Well, there you have it - a mini geography lesson about ONTARIO. I look forward to reading your entries about the letter O.