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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.

Where to stay in London

Courtyard by Marriott London
Courtyard by Marriott London
3 out of 5
864 Exeter Road, London, ON
The price is CA $84 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Located in Westminster, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of White Oaks Mall, Parkwood Hospital, and Tillsonburg Golf Course Trails. Earl Nichols Arena is 3 mi ...
4.2/5Excellent! (911 reviews)
"Location was perfect, service was great"

Reviewed on Jun. 15, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott London
Homewood Suites London Ontario
Homewood Suites London Ontario
3 out of 5
45 Bessemer Road, London, ON
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $95 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 19
Located in Westminster, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from White Oaks Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of London Convention Center and Budweiser Gardens. Victoria ...
4.4/5Excellent! (989 reviews)
"The rooms were huge and clean ..... not much more you could ask for at this price point. We had 5 rooms booked and everyone was really impressed."

Reviewed on Jun. 14, 2021

Homewood Suites London Ontario
Hampton Inn by Hilton London
Hampton Inn by Hilton London
2.5 out of 5
840 Exeter Rd, London, ON
The price is CA $89 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Located in Westminster, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from White Oaks Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of London Convention Center and Budweiser Gardens. Covent ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (988 reviews)
"Clean room and hotel. Friendly staff and free breakfast !"

Reviewed on Jun. 16, 2021

Hampton Inn by Hilton London
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Southwest Suburb Paradise
Southwest Suburb Paradise
Middlesex Centre, ON
The price is CA $499 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Situated in Middlesex Centre, this vacation home is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Komoka Provincial Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Boler Mountain Ski Resort and Delaware ...
Southwest Suburb Paradise
Beach Vibes Port Stanley Home
Beach Vibes Port Stanley Home
Central Elgin, ON
Situated in Port Stanley, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Port Stanley Terminal Rail, Lake Erie, and Port Stanley Little Beach. Port Stanley ...
Beach Vibes Port Stanley Home
Renovated 3 Bedroom Port Stanley Cottage Rental near Beach!
Renovated 3 Bedroom Port Stanley Cottage Rental near Beach!
Central Elgin, ON
Situated in Port Stanley, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Port Stanley Main Beach, Lake Erie, and Port Stanley Terminal Rail. Elgin Trail Trailhead ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Very nice cottag, short walk to the water.
"we had an amazing time, the patio was enjoyed, cute lights and a propane fireplace, cottage set up was cute. Overall we had a great weekend."

Reviewed on Aug. 23, 2020

Renovated 3 Bedroom Port Stanley Cottage Rental near Beach!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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