Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ontario:Trivia and Facts

Yes, it's spring and I am a gardener, but these are wild flowers. In fact, this is Ontario's official flower, the trillium. It grows at the edge of the woodlands in May. These photos are from High Park near Grenadine Pond. If you are in any big parks or in the Ontario countryside, look into the forest. You will see these small white flowers scattered under the trees. If you are really lucky, you will see a dark red trillium which is rare. One warning! Please don't pick the trilliums. It is illegal to pick our provincial flower.

To celebrate this Ontario flower, here is a trivia quiz about the province. Are you an Ontarian? Then you should know the answers to most of these questions.

Remember, if you do not understand a word, double click the word. Then you will get the meaning and more information.

1. The capital of Ontario is
a) Toronto b) Ottawa c) Kingston

2. Ontario is between
a) Alberta and Quebec
b) Nunavut and Manitoba
c) Quebec and Manitoba

3. Ontario is beautiful, but is does not have
a) Niagara Falls b) Rocky Mountains c) Algonquin Park

4. Toronto is the biggest city. Tourists will not find
a) CN Tower b) Casa Loma c) Banff

5. The premier of Ontario is
a) Dalton McGuinty b) Stephen Harper c) Jack Layton

6. The large body of water to the south is Lake Ontario and to the north is
a) Atlantic Ocean b) Lake Erie c) Hudson Bay

7. Which Canadian singer was not born in Ontario
a) Shania Twain b) Celine Dion c) Justin Bieber

8. This Canadian actor or actress was not born in Ontario
a) Jim Carrey (The Mask, Dumb and Dumber)
b) Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future, Stuart Little)
c) Ellen Page (Juno, Inception)

9. The official bird of Ontario is the
a) Canadian Goose b) Loon c) Blue Jay

I have lived most of my life in Ontario, so the first questions are easy for me to pull from my head. The next questions are Ontario statistics and I got some help from "Ontario Travel". Try these questions. Then check your answers below.

10. Ontario has 250,000 lakes or
a) 20% of the world's fresh water
b) 1/3 of the world's fresh water
c) 1/10 of the world's fresh water

11. The population of Ontario is 12 million or
a) 1 in 5 Canadians
b) 1 in 10 Canadians
c) 1 in 3 Canadians

12. Spring is from March to May. The average spring temperature is 8 Celsius (46 Fahrenheit) to
a) 18 degrees Celsius (64 Fahrenheit)
b) 22 degrees Celsius (72 Fahrenheit)
c) 15 degrees Celsius (59 Fahrenheit)

Would you like to learn more about Ontario? Try these sites.

Answers: 1a, 2c, 3b, 4c, 5a, 6c, 7b, 8a, 9b, 10b, 11c, 12a

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