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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Facts Of Lake Ontario, New York

The name of Lake Ontario stems from the Huron language and translated the word 'ontario' means 'Lake of Shining Waters'.

Over the centuries, Lake Ontario has been known under several different names such as Lac de St. Louis, Lacus Ontarius, 'Lac Ontario ou des Iroquois', and 'Ondiara' during the 1600s. It was also referred to as 'Lac Frontenac' on a map from 1712 and known as 'Skanadario' by the Iroquois people.

With a length of 193 miles (311 km) and a width of 53 miles (85 km), Lake Ontario is listed as one of the five great lakes of the United States. Even though size-wise it is the smallest of all of them its surface area comes close to Lake Erie's, but its depth is much greater and it contains four times the volume Lake Erie does.

It may be the smallest lake, but it has the longest list when it comes to attractions, cultural heritage, folklore, and recreation, and is definitely one of the most scenic places to visit in this state.

The climate in which Lake Ontario is situated provides ideal circumstances for growing fruit and you will come across a galore of commercial orchards and wine-producing areas. The south and southeastern part of the lake get a lot of snow during wintertime, offering an ideal destination for taking your snow-mobile for a spin and other activities such as cross-country skiing.

You can find pretty much any type of water-related nature around the lake such as lagoons, sheltered harbors, long beaches, sand bars, and plenty of wetlands which are home to a great amount of animal and plant species. Even a Loch Ness-like monster was reported as being spotted in the lake.

Even if you don't catch a glimpse of the monster, you will have plenty of other beautiful impressions and memories to hold you over for a long time!

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