York Region Ontario City Information information, listings and links
Here are some basic facts about the York Region:
York is strategically located just north of Canada's major consumer and industrial market, the "Golden Horseshoe" of Ontario. It sits on the northern edge of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), only an hour from the U.S. border. The York Region is that area directly north of Toronto's Steeles Avenue north to Lake Simcoe. We are in Eastern standard time, The same as Toronto and New York, and 6 hours earlier than western Europe. Area: 680 square miles (1761 km2).
The name "York Region" is comes from the original name for the city of Toronto, originally called "York". As urbanized araeas cloer to the lake became large urbanized cities, the York Region encompassed the more rural areas to the city's north.
Formed in 1974, The York Region includes a number of cities and towns and has a population of 850,000 residents (2003) from various countries and cultures from around the world.
Approximately half the regions's 25,000 businesses are in the manufacturing, product distribution or corporate sectors. York Region ranks as the fourth largest head office centre in the country. The strongest business sectors in York Region are pharmaceuticals, electronics, computer, chemical and transportation (automotive) parts and equipment.
The region's proximity to Lake Ontario has a moderating effect on the climate in the area.
The area is the convergence of two weather patterns, one from the southwest bringing warm humid air (all the way from the Gulf of Mexico, actually)
and from the northwest brings drier Arctic air.
In the summer the area has high humidity levels with temperatures occassionally soaring above 30C, and in the winter Mississauga is colder and cloudier but with relatively light snows.
The stabilizing effect of the Great Lakes means that Falls stay frost-free longer and the Spring comes later.
Easterly winds off the open waters of Lake Ontario may add substantially to local snowfall however the prevailing winds are from the southwest.
The average date for a late frost is May 3rd, and the first autumn frost occurs about the 15th day of October.
An approximate guide to Celsius Temperatures is as follows:
York Region a total of 700 millimetres (28 inches) of precipitation per year,and 160cm (63 inches) of snow.
Some hotels include tips or gratuities with group programs to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. In a hotel, bell service should be tipped about $1 per bag, and housekeeping $1 to $5 dollars a day (in proportion to your room rate). Visitors should know that the standard tip in restaurants is 10%-15% (on restaurant bills, an average tip will be 50% higher the GST & tax), with 20% (about double the GST & tax) for very outstanding service. This is especially important for visitors from countries where tipping on meals is not done: here the waitering staff depend on tips for a significant portion of their incomes. Tip taxis about 10%, and a dollar a bag they carry for you (not just unload), or at the very least round fares up to the nearest dollar.