The Regional Municipality of Niagara, also known as the Niagara Region, or colloquially "Regional Niagara", is a regional municipality comprising twelve municipalities of Southern Ontario, Canada. The regional seat is in Thorold. It is the southern end of the Golden Horseshoe, the largest megalopolis in Canada.
The region occupies most of the Niagara Peninsula. Its eastern boundary is the Niagara River, which is also the border with the United States. It is bounded on the north by Lake Ontario and on the south by Lake Erie.
Unique natural landscapes make the Niagara Region an important centre for agriculture and tourism in Canada. The most important agricultural enterprise in Niagara is viticulture, or winemaking. The Niagara Wine Route, which connects visitors to dozens of wineries, is a growing tourism draw while the internationally renowned Niagara Falls is one of Canada's major tourist attractions. Along with Shaw Festival, held annually in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and the Welland Canal, the Regional Municipality of Niagara receives up to 12 million visitors each year.
Région de Niagara (French)
|Regional municipality (upper-tier)|
|Regional Municipality of Niagara
Municipalité Régionale de Niagara (French)
|Motto(s): Unity, Responsibility, Loyalty|
Location of Niagara within Ontario
|Formed||1970 (from Welland and Lincoln Counties)|
|• Chair||Alan Caslin|
|• Governing body||Niagara Regional Council|
|• MPs||Dean Allison, Chris Bittle, Vance Badawey, Rob Nicholson|
|• MPPs||Jim Bradley, Wayne Gates, Sam Oosterhoff, Cindy Forster|
|• Land||1,854.25 km2 (715.93 sq mi)|
|• Density||232.6/km2 (602/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Canada census – Regional Municipality of Niagara community profile|
|Population:||431,346 (0.9% from 2006)||427,421 (4.1% from 2001)|
|Land area:||1,854.25 km2 (715.93 sq mi)||1,854.17 km2 (715.90 sq mi)|
|Population density:||232.6/km2 (602/sq mi)||230.5/km2 (597/sq mi)|
|Median age:||41.9 (M: 40.7, F: 42.9)|
|Total private dwellings:||188,877||179,903|
|Median household income:|
|References: 2011 2006 earlier|
Top ten largest ethnicities
See also Niagara Peninsula wineries
Niagara Region contains three airports used primarily for general aviation:
For commercial flights Niagara residents use Toronto Pearson International Airport, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, or John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area; as well as crossing the border to use Buffalo Niagara International Airport or Niagara Falls International Airport in Upstate New York.
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