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London is a university city in Southwestern Ontario, on the Thames river. The city holds a number of annual festivals, attracting many visitors, and is also a great location for visiting nearby destinations by hire car, such as Toronto,Mississauga,Hamilton and Detroit.
If you’re arriving via London International Airport then it’s a six-mile drive by rental car to London. En route you could stop off to visit the scenic 19th century campus of Western University.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Budget, Avis and Hertz. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and shuttle services to your rental car.
London has a number of visitor attractions to enjoy by hire car, including Fanshawe Pioneer Village, an open-air museum with historic re-enactments of pioneer life, Eldon House, a 19th century mansion and gardens that’s open to visitors, and the London Regional Children's Museum, which has interactive exhibits. Other attractions include Victoria Park and Budweiser Gardens.
Toronto, is a 119-mile journey from London by rental car - 26% of the Canadian population live in the Toronto area, making it a thriving, vibrant metropolis with much to offer by way of culture, dining and attractions. These include the iconic CN Tower with its revolving restaurant, the Royal Ontario Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and Casa Loma, an early 20th century Gothic Revival castle with gardens that is open for visitors. Or you could sample the amazing range of artisan foods on offer at St. Lawrence Market, or stroll around the heritage area of the Distillery District, sampling one of the many restaurants on offer.
The unmissable Niagara Falls is a 125-mile drive away. Often described as the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World, it’s actually made up of three waterfalls: Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Breathtaking Horseshoe Falls is the largest and is actually the most powerful waterfall in North America.
With its mountains, wilderness, forests and wildlife, Ontario is stunning to explore in any season by rental car. Remember that Canada is right-hand drive and take extra care in winter conditions and on mountainous roads. Make sure you familiarise yourself with Canada’s driving laws before visiting.
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