Things You Didn’t Know About Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario is one of the five North American Great Lakes surrounded on the north, west, and southwest by Canada, and on the south and east by New York State. Ontario, Canada's most populous province, was named for the lake.
The Canadian cities of Toronto, Kingston, and Hamilton are located on the lake's shorelines, while Rochester, NY is located on the south shore. More Canadians live in the Lake Ontario watershed than any other watershed in the country. The lake never completely freezes because it is so deep. The surface of Lake Ontario has frozen over at least five times, the last time in 1934. The American Eel is the quintessential Lake Ontario fish. This snake-like fish is born in the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda. It travels 1500 km to Lake Ontario and other inland freshwater bodies, then returns to the Sea to spawn.
In the Huron language, the name Ontarí'io means "great lake". Its primary inlet is the Niagara River from Lake Erie. The last in the Great Lakes chain, Lake Ontario serves as the outlet to the Atlantic Ocean via the Saint Lawrence River, comprising the eastern end of the Saint Lawrence Seaway. It is the only Great Lake not to border the state of Michigan.
Ontario's 250,000 lakes are its greatest attraction. The lively city of Toronto is found on the shores of Lake Ontario; Lake Erie pours into Lake Ontario at Niagara Falls; and the calm waters of Lake Huron and Lake Superior offer canoeing, kayaking and hiking adventures.
Things You Didn't Know About Lake Ontario