THE THAMES RIVER
Located in southwestern Ontario THE THAMES RIVER flows west through the cities of Woodstock, London and Chatham to Lighthouse Cove where it empties into Lake St. Clair.
It was called Askunessippi "the antlered one" by the Odawa and Ojibwa Indians who lived in the area. The river was renamed after the River Thames in England by Lt. Governor John Graves Simcoe in 1793.
A Winery & Country Market
Being the organiser of a mini-meeting, I didn't want us to just drive a couple of hours, eat, talk and then turn around and go home. So, I found, not too far from our restaurant, a Winery - mostly producing fruit wines - which also had a country market.
Bellamere had a great selection of wines to taste - raspberry nectar, pear wine, strawberry, amongst other fruit wines, and then several "regular" grape based wines, and also some non-alcoholic sparkling apple ciders, and mixed juice beverages.
We never did get upstairs in the Country Market... the main floor provided lots to buy - including the pumpkins I needed for work. There were a great selection of cheeses, including some Dutch cheeses - Edam, Gouda and a Leddersomethingorother! Jacob found a dutch treat he enjoyed - there were meats - bakery items - lots of vegetables - beverages... a huge selection of items.
This is located out on Gainsborough Road, past the community of Hyde Park.
T.J. Baxter's Tap and Grill
This place is popular in the evening, especially with the university crowd. There's a rooftop patio which is great in the summer. And there's a heater up there for when it gets cold. Sometimes there is a lineup to get in on a busy evening. Actually the bar's my favourite part!
University of Western Ontario
The reason a lot of people spend time in London is as it is home to the University of Western Ontario (and their Mustangs). It is a relatively prestigious university - certainly with a highly regarded MBA program - I presume other faculties are similarly regarded.
We walked from downtown, north to the campus along the Thames River - over an hour each way.
The university is a combination of old and new buildings - similar to most Canadian universities - check out our photos of some of the buildings. The residences were on the outskirts of the university itself. It was interesting seeing Middlesex College which has the tower one can see from miles away, but all in all touring the university was a mite boring.
Our son's hometown
We visited London from Sept 8th to 22nd. Besides visiting various places in London, we also used it's central location to venture on a number of daytrips out and about.
You can review my Southern Ontario pages to see more about the towns around London. We went to a Shakespearean play at Stratford, shopped at a Mennonite farmers' market in St. Jacobs, dipped our toes into Lake Huron in Pinery Provincial Park and wandered along the shores of Lake Erie in Port Stanley -- all within an hour and a bit from London.