Why We Love London, Ontario

Feb 27, 2018

It has a Thames River, Covent Garden Market, and Piccadilly Street, but don’t confuse it with London, England. Ontario’s favourite British namesake, London, has a large population of 494,069 people. It is surrounded by woods -- so much so that ‘The Forest City’ is its historic nickname. As one of Ontario’s largest municipalities, London has a ton of landmarks and attractions, and boasts some great activities. Whether you’re thinking of relocating to London, or passing through, here are just a few reasons why we love this great city:

It’s a Great School Town

London, Ontario is home to Western University and Fanshawe College -- two great Canadian institutions with beautiful campuses. Because it’s home to a prestigious university and a great college, London is the epitome of a college town. There are tons of students here, not to mention student-friendly housing, a student-friendly bar scene, affordable restaurants and businesses. It’s a great place for young people pursuing post secondary education to live.


Prince Albert’s Diner

You don’t truly know London until you visit Prince Albert’s Diner. Located in the heart of downtown, it’s a famous haunt for all age groups and taste buds. Specializing in (larger than life sized) milkshakes and your typical nostalgic, retro style features, Prince Al’s is a must-visit in the Forest City. Read More.

Brewery Tour

Canada’s oldest brewery, Labatt’s, is headquartered in London and they offer tours and tastings year round. If craft beer is more your style, you should visit Forked River Brewery, Anderson Craft Ales, and Toboggan Brewing Company. Learn more.

Check out East Park

There’s something for everyone at East Park. Outdoor activities include mini-golf, go-karts, batting cages, year-round rock climbing, and Wally World's 7 waterslides.

Banting House

The former house of Dr. Frederick Banting, this museum is dedicated to the life of Canada’s famed inventor of insulin. It features Banting Square, which has a glorious garden and numerous sculptures. See more.

Covent Garden Market

Covent Garden Market is home to 52 vendors and a combination of indoor and outdoor markets. Twice a week, the outdoor Farmers' Market offers fresh and local food and produce. See more.

Budweiser Gardens

Whether you want to catch a game, play, watch shows on ice, or see your favorite performer, London’s premier arena, formerly known as John Labatt Centre, is the place to do This mammoth centre accommodates up to 10,000 attendees. Learn more about it.


A truly unique adventure can be had by seeking out the city’s bike paths. With 330km of paths winding through some of the most interesting neighbourhoods and historic parts of the city, it’s an easy way to discover downtown London.

Museum of London

Southwestern Ontario's leading establishment for the collection and presentation of visual art and material culture, Museum London's collection has more than 5,000 regional and Canadian artworks and 25,000 artifacts.


London hosts numerous festivals throughout the year including Sunfest -- the second largest world music event in the country. With big draw events like London Ribfest and the London Fringe Theatre Festival, you’ll never be bored. Learn more.

Storybook Gardens

Storybook Gardens is a family-friendly amusement park that’s open year-round. It features rides, games, recreational activities, ice-skating, wagon rides, and theatre. Read more.

Timbercreek hopes that this article inspires you to explore London, Ontario.

For information about Timbercreek Communities in London, with several options conveniently located in trendy Woodfield and others near Western University, please visit our website.

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