- City Guide - London
Welcome to London, located in Southwestern Ontario, approximately halfway between Toronto, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan – which is home to more than 360,000 people.
London was first settled by Europeans between 1801 and 1804, and became a village in 1826. Since then London has grown into the largest Southwestern Ontario municipality, and has developed a strong focus towards education, health care, tourism, and manufacturing.
London's economy is dominated by medical research, insurance, and information technology. The London Life Insurance Company was founded in London, along with General Dynamics Land Systems, along with Carling, Labatt – as well as being the headquarters of 3M.
London boasts a number of parks – most notable being Victoria Park in downtown London, which is a major centre of community events, attracting an estimated 1 million visitors per year. Other major parks include Harris Park, Gibbons Park, Fanshawe Conservation Area, Springbank Park, and Westminster Ponds. London’s calendar of festivals is year round, and the summer is definitely the busiest season with special celebrations happening almost every weekend. If you are actively inclined you can strap on skates, cycle, run or walk along our scenic pathway system.
London is known as the Forest City, and is big enough to host everything you need. Come to London and experience dining, culture, entertainment, shopping, sports within a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. So, whether you want to do something traditional or contemporary to pass the time - you'll discover that London offers plenty of choices.