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Tourism Regions

The Province is divided up into twelve tourist regions by the Ministry of Tourism. If you visit any tourism office in Ontario the brochures will be divided along these lines These boundaries are generally adhered to in this web site. However, numerous local tourism associations, and activities cross these boundaries. So the individual regional maps may depart from the Ministry ones accordingly.

In its initial release regions one through four are active. If you click on regions five through twelve or access any Great Lake you will be linked into Dive-Into-The-Net. While this is a platform that caters specifically to the diving community the maps and overview offered are comprehensive enough to allow a general exploration until the remaining sections of Ontario Explorer are issued

Regional Map

Active Regions

  1. SouthWestern Ontario
  2. Festival Country
  3. Lakelands
  4. Metropolitan Toronto
  5. Getaway Country
  6. Ontario East
  7. Near North
  8. Rainbow Country
  9. Algoma Country
  10. James Bay Frontier
  11. North of Superior
  12. Sunset Country


The maps of the Great Lake concentrate on specific shorelines to help you isolate activity by water body. They also provide more generalized information on the specific lake. However, the lakes are gigantic, so vacation planning is probably best decided from regional maps, not by lakes.

Regions one through six occupy the most populated section of Ontario, and have the greatest concentration of businesses, museums, towns, etc. The human landscape. Regions seven through nine are generally less populated,with urban centres getting smaller and farther in between. Here, the natural landscape excels

Regions ten through twelve are gettingremote and are not usual destinations for inhabitants of Southern Ontario. From Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota these areas can be accessed in a few hours driving. Coming from southern Ontario these areas are several days driving away. The northern most reaches of the province are reachable only through rail and air travel.

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