London is a city in southwestern Ontario, Canada on the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor with a metropolitan area population of about 432,451; the city proper has a population of about 360,000 (2005).
The cities of Windsor, London, Stratford and Kitchener in Southwestern Ontario offer an abundance of activities, from the cultural Stratford Festival to Kitchener's famously fun Oktoberfest.
This region of
south-central Ontario (midway between Toronto and Windsor) was modeled after the
best of London, England. Therefore, London has its own Thames River, and nearby
Stratford, the namesake of Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon has its
own internationally acclaimed theater festival and its own Avon River.
of the attractions in London are connected to local history.
Fanshawe Pioneer Village is a re-creation of a town from the 1800s that presents
crafts demonstrations. At the London Museum of Archeology, visitors can
witness an ongoing
Iroquoian life around the year 1000 is the focus of the Ska-Nah-Doht Iroquoian
Village. Eldon House, built in 1834, is the city's oldest building, and you can
also find and visit many lovely Victorian residences in town.
include the London Regional Art and Historical Museum; the London Museum of
Archaeology, which is located next to an ongoing dig site called the Lawson
Prehistoric Indian Village; and the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum which
displays military memorabilia. There is also the Guy Lombardo Museum,
where the legendary bandleader and his talented acquaintances are remembered in
photographs and other memorabilia.
London is buzzing with an
abundance of festivals throughout the calendar year. Local and out-of-town
restaurants compete for the title of Best Ribs at the London Rib Fest in late
July, the same weekend as the Balloon Festival where dozens of beautifully
covered hot air balloons fill the air. The annual Western Fair runs for 10 days
each September with a special children’s midway, top name performers at the
Grandstand, home arts and horticultural competitions. Later in the fall,
experience the hilarity of the Canadian Comedy Awards Festival at various
Throughout the year visitors
to London will enjoy an outstanding selection of interesting attractions. For
all travelers on all levels of budgets, London is at its best in its downtown
core.If it's the arts you enjoy, then settle in for pure enjoyment. Take in a
play at The Grand Theatre, or enjoy a performance of Orchestra London.
London has seen the richness
of the culture and traditions of the Iroquois Nation; the settlement by Colonel
John Graves Simcoe and his British associates; the architectural and artistic
accomplishments of the Victorian era; the emergence of a big band legend;
the discovery of insulin, and much more. London is a city of traditions and
treasured memories. It is also a modern commercial and industrial
center, and a lively and entertaining place. For the past 100 years,
Londoners have planted around 1,000 trees annually to keep the area green,
earning the name "Forest City." This is London: a city that is always
advancing and growing, yet one that has deep roots in the past.
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