Golden Horseshoe is a densely populated and industrialized region or metropolitan area around the western end of Lake Ontario in the Canadian province of Ontario . Large areas are also part of the Quebec City-Windsor corridor . The population of approximately 8.1 million represents about 25% of Canada’s population and 75% of Ontario’s population, making the Golden Horseshoe of the most densely populated regions of North America is.
The region stretches from the Niagara Falls at the eastern end of the Niagara Peninsula, west to Hamilton and then northeastward over Toronto to Oshawa . To the west, the region extends as far as Kitchener and Waterloo , north to Barrie . The area of the Golden Horseshoe is around 33,500 ² km. 7300 km ² of which belong to a green belt in the rolling hills of the Niagara Escarpment and Oak Ridges Moraine.
The term “Golden Horseshoe” was the first time in a speech by Herbert H. Rogge, chairman of Westinghouse , which he, on 12 January 1954 prior to the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce held. It was subsequently used this term as a geographical designation. But in 2004 he received a quasi-official status, as the Ministry of Infrastructure Renewal Ontario Growth published a report. In it the “Greater Golden Horseshoe” is mentioned, which includes not only the immediate coastal area several neighboring counties.