Ontario is the regional retail center for Eastern Oregon and Western Idaho. Its central location and Oregon's lack of a sales tax have combined to give the community's businesses per capita sales figures far above the national average. With continued expansion in the Treasure Valley there is a strong business climate in Ontario. Retail expansion has been strong, and many area businesses have expanded or built new facilities to accommodate their increased needs. Ontario is a child of the railroad. The railroad was the Oregon Short Line, which was built west from Wyoming to connect Oregon with the rest of the United States. The line joined at Huntington with the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company's tracks built east from Portland.
When you need to shop, attend a cultural event or obtain professional services, you will enjoy Ontario. Serving as the retail, service and medical center for 167,000 people within a 45-mile radius. Ontario provides a great place for residents to meet for a meal at one of our many restaurants. The Four Rivers Cultural Center has events with a wide variety of historical and ethnic interest. It features a museum that will take you back into time to observe life in the frontier days in the Ontario/surrounding area. An Japanese Style Garden is in the works to provide visitors with a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere for observation and contemplation. A 600-seat theater offers stage productions for drama, music, and other group events and conventions.