Ontario is a province located in east-central Canada, the largest by population and second largest, after Quebec, in total area. (Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are larger but are not provinces.) Ontario is bordered by the Canadian provinces of Manitoba to the west and Quebec to the east, and 5 U.S. states (from west to east): Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania (the latter two across Lake Erie) and New York to the south and east. Most of Ontario's 2,700 km (1,677 mi) long border with the United States runs along water. For analytical and geographical purposes Ontario is often broken into two regions, Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario. The great majority of population and arable land in Ontario is located in the south, which contrasts with its relatively small land area in comparison to the north. The capital of Ontario is Toronto, Canada's most populous city and metropolitan area. Ottawa, the capital of Canada and where I was born, is located in Ontario as well. The province takes its name from Lake Ontario, which means "beautiful water" - The province contains over 250,000 freshwater lakes!!! 'There's no place like this. There's no dream like this. There's no home like this. No other place like this for me.'