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The coat of arms of Ontario is simple and elegant. However, there is a lot of symbolism behind this seemingly straightforward design. Granted to Ontario on May 26, 1868 by a royal warrant from Queen Victoria, the coat of arms was originally shared with New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec. You will not notice any reference to the sovereign on Ontario's coat of arms; it is the only province besides the Northwest Territories without any royal symbols, namely a crown. The shield itself consists of a green background with three golden maple leaves. These maple leaves symbolize Canada. At the top of the shield is the Cross of St. George. This represents the name saint of King George III. It was in allegiance to King George III that the Loyalists first arrived in this land that would later become the province of Ontario. In fact, Ontario's motto is "Ut incepit Fidelis sic permanent", which is Latin for "loyal she began, loyal she remains", another nod to the Loyalists who fled the American Revolution and settled in Ontario when it was still a part of Quebec.
Facts about the Province of Ontario
Did you know that Ontario is Canada's most populous province? It is home to the nation's most populous city (Toronto) and the nation's capital city (Ottawa). The province gets its name from Lake Ontario, which is believed to be derived from a Huron word meaning "great lake", Ontari:io. Another possibility is that it is derived from the Iroquoian word skanadario, meaning "beautiful water". It is an appropriate name since the province of Ontario is home to approximately 250,000 freshwater lakes. That's quite a bit of water!