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Ontario Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on February 23, 2020

Ontario Coat of Arms, via Wikipedia Commons

 Ontario ranks 37th among provinces and states with markers in this database. Ontario is a province in Canada located in Central Canada. Ontario is some 669 thousand square kilometers in size with a population of around 13.5 million people. The province is divided into 203 counties and municipalities and 38 of them have entries in this database. In Ontario we have discovered historical markers in 104 cities and towns lying in 313 postal delivery areas.

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How many historical markers are there in Ontario? There are least 762 of them, by our count. We have cataloged 761 historical markers and 51 war memorialsóeach individually presented on 800 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another historical marker in Ontario that we donít yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

The first Ontario marker in the database, The British Garrison in London, was added May 13, 2009. It was photographed in London in Middlesex County. The last one added was submitted on January 31, 2020, and titled 133 131 King Street East. It is in Kingston in Frontenac County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Ontario was erected in 1837. It was this one: Pro Patria 1812-1814, and one of our correspondents found it in Kingston in Frontenac County on May 23, 2015.

Ontario Historical Categories
212 • War of 1812
149 • Settlements and Settlers
117 • Waterways and Vessels
113 • Industry and Commerce
100 • Colonial Era
77 • Man-Made Features
61 • Native Americans
58 • Forts or Castles
54 • Churches and Religion
48 • Notable Buildings
    ... and more ...

Ontarians donít want to forget their War of 1812 history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Ontario about War of 1812ó212 of themóthan about any other historical category. It is followed by Settlements and Settlers with 149 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the War of 1812 category was Hull's Landing 1812, added August 11, 2010. It had been erected in 1958 in Windsor in Essex County. The last one submitted was submitted on January 22, 2020, and titled Explorers of Muskoka & Haliburton. It had been erected in Baysville in Muskoka District. The earliest marker erected with the War of 1812 category that we have listed was erected in 1837. It was Pro Patria 1812-1814, found in Kingston in Frontenac County on May 23, 2015.

Counties, municipalities, Cities and Towns

The Ontario county or municipality with the most historical markers listed in this database is the Regional Municipality of Niagara, with 239 of them. It is followed by Leeds and Grenville United Counties with 102 markers. The Niagara Falls area of the Regional Municipality of Niagara has the highest number of markers within its limits, 72. In Leeds and Grenville United Counties the area with the most markers, 22, is Brockville.

Historical Markers in These
Ontario Counties and municipalities
239 • Regional Municipality of Niagara
102 • Leeds and Grenville United Counties
43 • Essex County
40 • Chatham-Kent Division
39 • 
39 • Ottawa
35 • Frontenac County
26 • Thunder Bay District
25 • Middlesex County
24 • Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Counties
    ... and more ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Ontario with the most markers we again find Niagara Falls at the top of the list with 72 markers in or near it. It is followed by Niagara-on-the-Lake in Regional Municipality of Niagara with 63 markers. For the postal code with the most markers itís L0S 1J0 at the top of the list with 72 markers in its delivery area. It is followed by postal code L0S 1L0 with 22 markers.

Historical Markers Near These
Ontario Cities and Towns
72 • Niagara Falls
63 • Niagara-on-the-Lake
39 • Ottawa
38 • St. Catharines
35 • Kingston
27 • Queenston
26 • Amherstburg
25 • Brockville
23 • London
22 • Brockville
    ... and more ...

Getting back to the Regional Municipality of Niagara, the first marker added to the database from there, Niagara on the Lake Historical District, was added November 15, 2009. in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The last one submitted was uploaded on September 25, 2019, and is titled Township of Niagara War Memorial, in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The earliest marker erected in the Regional Municipality of Niagara that we have listed was erected in 1856. It was Brock's Monument, found in Queenston on November 28, 2011.

Latest entry from Ontario. Click to go there
By Cosmos Mariner, August 15, 2019
Latest Entry from Ontario
“133 131 King Street East”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Niagara-on-the-Lake. The first we touched on earlier: Niagara on the Lake Historical District. The last: Township of Niagara War Memorial added on September 25, 2019. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1915: Brown's Point, added on November 13, 2011.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

Ontario Heritage Trust is currently in charge of the familiar blue and gold official historical markers found all over the province. You will also find official markers erected by the Archaeological and Historic Sites Board, a predecessor. We have 222 of their markers in the database.

In addition, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada has also erected numerous historical markers in Ontario, and we have 331 of their Ontario markers in the database. Also, a number of counties and municipalities have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from Ontario. Click to go there
By Kevin Craft, May 19, 2017
A Ontario Heritage Trust Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

Youíll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Ontario have been marked with history. Check out Hamilton Division, Elgin County and Durham County. We've only found one historical marker in each. Visiting one or more of these parts of Ontario might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe youíll discover more historical markers while youíre there. If you do, perhaps youíll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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