Come . . . “Discover our Spirit” . . . is London, Ontario’s call to today’s traveler. Steeped in Canadian history and culture, London, Ontario is one of Canada’s oldest cities. Still elegant, with tree lined streets sitting amongst majestic homes of the early 20th century, London has vaulted into the 21st century as an exciting, vibrant and character filled group and leisure travel destination.
Recently opened, the new 10,000 seat state of the art John Labatt Centre Sports and Entertainment complex will bring such stars as Bryan Adams, Shania Twain, Cher and Harry Connick Jr. as well as sporting events and family entertainment shows.
London has a superb array of excellent tourism attractions and sites that are now being packaged and promoted both domestically and in the United States. It has quite a diverse product line, offering such unique opportunities such as a Labatt Brewery tour, the original home of Labatt Beer, where you can have a neat 1 ½ hour tour which includes a visit to the Amber Lounge after the tour and you join the Brewmaster for a sampling of 6 different brands of Labatt’s beer. Visit the award wining Bellamere Country Market and Winery which is a fruit winery and has an excellent country market next door. The Western Fair Grounds houses the Western Fair Slots and Racetrack. The Western Fair has recently spent $50 Million and now has 750 slot machines and is located very close to downtown London. Enjoy a 2 hour Double Decker Bus Tour in an original British Double Decker bus from London, England.
London has an excellent array of historical and cultural sites which include Museum London or treat your self at the Eldon House which offers High-Tea in the summer months. At the Museum of Archaeology there is an ongoing archaeological dig of an Iroquois Indian Village which is 500 years old in progress. The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, one of the finest military museums in Canada, has hundreds of Military artifacts that would be of keen interest to visitors that enjoy military history. Dr. Frederick Banting, who discovered insulin in London, is commemorated at the wonderful Banting Museum and Historical Site.
London offers a wide variety of family tourism products which include the London Regional Children’s Museum (the first of it’s kind in Canada) where the kids can spend hours of interactive fun, Fanshawe Pioneer Village, which houses 25 early Canadiana historical sites, including the Blacksmith’s shop, the Church, the General Store, the School House and the original 1847 Labatt Brewery.
East Park Golf Gardens provides a wonderful variety of activities for the whole family and includes 5 stories high water slides, rock climbing, mini golf, driving range, batting cages, and go-carts. The Toy Shoppe which has 9,400 square feet of toys and of sheer enjoyment for kids and adults of all ages, Delaware Speedway, which is the 1st Canadian affiliated NASCAR track, and of course, Storybook Gardens, which is a new $7 million Children’s theme park for families with younger children.
Enjoy a variety of tremendous festivals from May to October that transforms London into Ontario’s City of Festivals.
Visitors from across Canada and the United States come and enjoy the likes of the Ribfest, Sunfest, London’s International Children’s Festival, the Jazz Festival, and the Home County Folk Festival. A Taste of London which all take place in the heart of downtown London in beautiful Victoria Park.
Today, one of the major anchors of London’s incredible history is the magnificent Grand Theatre which is celebrating its 103rd anniversary. The 839 seat Grand Theatre is considered one of the most beautiful theatres in North America.
Enjoy a freshly brewed coffee and some homemade pastries at Covent Garden Market; a new and modern farmer’s market located right downtown open year round and right across the street from the new John Labatt Centre.
After a day of shopping that is highlighted by four major malls, historic downtown shopping opportunities such as the elegant and up scale Richmond Row and the renowned Kingsmill’s Department Store complex, you can take advantage of some of the finest restaurants in Southwestern Ontario.
“We are a destination that has virtually everything a visitor could ask for whether you are looking for heritage, festivals and events, attractions, family getaways, entertainment and sports,” says Marty Rice, Manager of Leisure Travel for Tourism London.
For detailed information on this exciting destination call Tourism London at 1-800-265-2602 or visit the website at www.londontourism.ca