Ontario is a city in San Bernardino County, situated around 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The city has a population of around 164,000, making it the fourth most populous city in the county. Two miles east of Downtown Ontario is the LA/Ontario International Airport, which is the 15th busiest airport in the United States. This is also where you will find the Ontario Mills, the largest one-level shopping mall in Western North America and one of the primary tourist attractions in the Inland Empire. So shopaholics rejoice, because you'll have your hands full!
The city was named after the original Ontario Model Colony that was established in 1882, by Canadian engineer George Chaffey and his brothers. They in turn had named the new settlement after their Canadian home province of Ontario.
Ontario was incorporated as a city in 1891, and North Ontario was emancipated in 1906, calling itself Upland. Ontario saw explosive growth rates in the following years, increasing ten times its size in the next fifty years, and then grew an equal amount for the subsequent half century.
Ontario is situated just a skip away from world-renowned beaches, the stars of Hollywood Boulevard, Disneyland, rolling mountains and vast deserts. Whether you're in the mood for a family outing to Legoland, Universal Studios or the San Diego Zoo, Ontario's convenient position allows you to get there in a heartbeat.
You don't even have to leave town to experience the great Southern California lifestyle, as City of Ontario itself has an abundance of attractions. Art buffs should check out the Chaffey Community Museum of Art, among the oldest organizations in the Inland Empire with a large showcase of local, regional and nationally known artists. Or stop by the Historic Olive House, home to the world famous Graber Olives grown by the Graber family since 1894 if you like olives, prepare for some serious hors d'oeuvre right here. Also worth visiting is the Museum of History and Art, which serves to enrich the community's understanding of the history of Ontario through various exhibitions and educational programs.
And while you're in the neighborhood, what would a Southern California day be without outdoor recreation? Pack up your things and head outside, because the Greater Ontario area is a mecca of action. You have golf courses, shooting ranges, hiking trails, skiing slopes, fishing spots the options are endless. Visit the Mt. Baldy Trout Pools or the Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, or head to the walking paradise at the North Etiwanda Preserve and Icehouse Canyon. Real adventurers can challenge their rock-climbing skills at the Joshua Tree National Park, and then cool off in one of the tranquil alpine lakes in the scenic San Bernardino Mountains.
Whatever floats your boat, Ontario has you covered!