The Province of Ontario, Canada, is the third largest non-national jurisdiction in North America. Among Canadian provinces, it is second in size only to its neighbor, the Province of Quebec. Ontario stretches across the top of the United States from eastern New York to Minnesota. It is the only province or state to border on four of the five Great Lakes. The lakes it borders are Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. As one can see, when it comes to tourism, Ontario tourism is without par.
In addition to the Great Lakes, Ontario has literally thousands of other lakes. Lakes are technically defined as a body of water deep enough to have a bald patch. That is to say, an area that is so deep under water that photosynthesis cannot occur.
There is a more common definition of a lake. This definition defines a lake as a body of standing water that has a surface area of at least three square kilometers in the summer. Using this definition, there are just under 3,900 lakes in the province according to authoritative sources.
The three largest non-Great Lakes in Ontario are each over a thousand square kilometers in area. Lake Nipigon is the largest lake contained within the boundaries of the Province. The province shares its Great Lakes with various U. S. States to the south. Lake Nipigon, in western Ontario, has a surface area, including islands, of 4,878 square kilometers, or 1,872 square miles.
Tourists come from all over the world to fish, canoe and camp at Lake Nipigon. Caribou can be seen on the shore, where the land meets the water. In large sections of the lake, cliffs rise up a hundred meters high or 330 feet. Those engaged in Ontario lake tourism are frequently stunned by Nipigon beaches. The sand is green-black due to the presence of pyroxene, a mineral that is dark green in color.
The second largest non-Great Lake in Ontario is Lake of the Woods. This is famous for being the source of the Mississippi River that divides the United States in half as it makes its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Lake of the Woods is 3,150 square kilometers in total area. The lake crosses the Ontario-Manitoba border.
The third largest lake in Ontario is Lac Seul, in the northwest part of the province. This long, narrow lake is 250 kilometers in length, which is about one hundred and fifty miles. It has a 1,657 square kilometer surface area. Ontario lake tourism to Lac Seul, which is relatively remote, is primarily for the spectacular lake fishing there. Bass, Perch, Muskies, Walleyes and Northern Pike are plentiful.