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London Travel Guide

London, Ontario is located where the River Thames forks, providing an ideal spot for a regional industrial center. Industrial, however, is not what most visitors think of when they first lay eyes on London. The town’s squares, tree-lined streets, and old houses are adorably charming. There is also an abundance of greenery, thanks to a tree-planting scheme that was initiated hundred of years ago and still in the works.[1]

The Art Gallery at 421 Ridout Street occupies a modern and striking building that was designed by Raymond Moriyama. This building, which overlooks the river, is rather unusual to say the least. Large and airy galleries are formed inside through the use of interlocking barrel vaults. There are also skylights that allow natural light to come in. The gallery hosts various national and international exhibitions throughout the year and owns a rather sizable collection of Canadian art. The Grand Theatre at 471 Richmond Street is another place where you can enjoy cultural entertainment. This restored turn-of-the-century building hosts drama, comedy, and musical performances regularly.[2]

The London Regional Children’s Museum located at 21 Wharncliffe Road South is a great place for children to have a good time. They can play, explore, and participate in the activities there. For example, they can dress up in uniforms or costumes of a fireman, builder, or doctor. The “Street Where You Live” gallery lets them visualize what life was like years ago. They can also visit the Computer Hall or the section on outer space.[3]

The Museum of Indian Archaeology and the Lawson Prehistoric Indian Village provide a glimpse of what the lives of early settlers of southwestern Ontario were like. Located at 1600 Attawandaron Road and open everyday from April to November, this museum features displays of prehistory and also boasts a reconstructed Attawandaron Village.[4]

The Ska-Nah-Doht Indian Village is a reconstructed prehistoric Iroquoian village located about 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of London. Open everyday, this village features audiovisual presentations and exhibits that depict what everyday life was like. You can reach it by taking Route 2 and getting off at the Longwoods Road Conservation area.[5]

The Fanshawe Pioneer Village in Fanshawe Park is a recreated pioneer community located northeast of London about 14 kilometers (9 miles) away. The village features 24 buildings, many of them with demonstrations of pioneer life such as the riding of a wagon or the making of crafts. The park encompasses 1,500 acres of land (600 hectares) and includes a large lake and pool where visitors can fish, swim, windsurf, canoe, or sail. The village is open year round except on weekends during the winter.[6]

Carroll, Donald. Insider’s Guide Canada. Edison: Hunter Publishing, Inc, 1996. ISBN: 1556507100.

[1] Carroll, 226
[2] Id. at 226-27
[3] Id. at 227
[4] Id.
[5] Id.
[6] Id.

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