Famous in medical history for being the birthplace of insulin, this southwestern Ontario town features university culture and a beautiful network of parks.
Located at a fork in the lush North American Thames River, London is known as southwestern Ontario’s “Forest City.” Despite its green reputation, London is a large and busy city that contains one of Canada’s best universities and a significant medical industry. Spend several days touring London’s museums, exploring the riverfront and parkland areas and checking out memorials to the city’s rich history.
London was founded in 1826 and served as a garrison for British troops in the mid-19th century. Visit Victoria Park in the city center, where the troops were stationed. Find further artifacts from the city’s early history nearby, including the redbrick St. Paul’s Cathedral, which was built in 1845.
See why London is known as the “Forest City” by visiting its various parks and natural areas. Discover the Westminster Ponds, located in a forest just south of the city center. Wander along leafy trails and boardwalks through the scenic wetlands while watching for deer and beavers. During the winter, take a short drive into the western suburbs to visit the ski resorts at Boler Mountain.
London is the site of one of the most important breakthroughs in medical history. Drop by Banting House to see where Dr. Frederick Banting lived when he came up with the idea for how to produce insulin for the treatment of diabetes. See his face among Canada’s other medical heroes at the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
Other museums in the city highlight the history of settlement and growth in London’s city and surrounding area. Museum London features a 45,000-piece collection of local historical artifacts in addition to an impressive exhibition of art by regional and Canadian artists. Visit the Museum of Ontario Archaeology to learn the history of First Nations people in the London region.
Take a bus or make the 2-hour drive from Toronto to reach London. Experience the culture, history and beauty of this tree-lined university city on the Thames.
Downtown London is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Budweiser Gardens or Victoria Park.
South London is popular for its abundant dining options, and you can check out London Regional Children's Museum, a top attraction in the neighbourhood.
While North London may not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Budweiser Gardens and Victoria Park.
If you're looking for some top things to see and do in White Oaks and surrounding area, you can visit White Oaks Mall and Budweiser Gardens.
If you're spending some time in Argyle, Lake Huron and Argyle Mall are top sights worth seeing.
While visiting Byron, you might make a stop by sights like Boler Mountain Ski Resort and Springbank Park.
Reviewed on 15 Nov 2019
Reviewed on 13 Nov 2019
Come to one of London’s finest parks to attend a festival, watch an open air movie and to glide across an ice rink.
Dive deep into the history of London and peruse the paintings, drawings and sculptures of a renowned art collection at this prestigious museum.
Browse stalls for everything from jewelry and furniture to locally made cheese, then catch a show at this daily indoor market.