London has tons of events planned during the year. I will highlight here some of the festivals that London is well known for. My information comes from the "London Visitor's Guide" that I received from the information center.
Pasta Festival - May - Covent Garden Market - www.coventgardenmarket.com
London International Children's Festival - June - www.londonchildfest.com
Sunfest - July - Victoria Park - www.sunfest.on.ca
Bluesfest International London - July - www.bluesfest.com
Home County Folk Festival - July - Victoria Park - www.homecounty.ca
London Balloon Festival - August - Harris Park - www.londonballoonfestival.com
London Rib-Fest - August - Victoria Park
Festa Italiana - August - Covent Garden Market - www.coventgardenmarket.com
Dragon Boat Festival - August - Fanshawe Conservation Area - www.dragonboatlondon.ca
Harvest Festival - August - Fanshawe Pioneer Village - www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca
Western Fair - September - Western Fairgrounds - www.westernfair.com
Elora Gorge, In Elora...
Elora Gorge, In Elora Ontario
Its a very small town with a very big tourist clientel. There are many small shops to browse in. There is a hiking trail along the gorge to enjoy. There is camping facilities, and areas for picnics. Elora Gorge is nestled in Mid Western Ontario. Lovely place to visit while your here.
Wellington Street in London...
Wellington Street in London has a large variety of eateries! Jack Astors is one of my favorite road houses
good prices, great food! Lots of fun, sit at a table or sit at the bar! Grilled Chicken Salad!
On a rainy Saturday afternoon, we visited Museum London. It is located downtown on the banks of the Thames River.
There are displays on three floors - primarily the basement and second floors and has a little of this and a little of that. On the second floor, we saw part of the permanent collection of art, but but enjoyed most one of the temporary displays - various works by Paula Jean Cowan who had paintings, drawings and electronic art featuring non-skinny people.
Actually all in all, I found the museum to be a bit boring. I guess the building is too small to house anything comprehensive, so I found the displays to be detached - not like the Manitoba Museum which seems to provide a total natural and social history of Winnipeg and Manitoba.
The museum has a lot of meeting rooms and non-display area, and on the day we visited, they were setting up for a wedding to be held after the museum closed.
The museum is open 12 noon to 5 pm, but is closed Mondays and holidays. Admission is by donation.
Travel Dates: Many times, July 20-22 2007.
Growing up, I visited London often with my family because this was where all of my cousins lived. It's also my father's hometown.
London's a great little city with a rich history, where 500 heritage buildings sit side-by-side with modern construction.
"The Name Thing"
Having visited the UK, I now find it slightly annoying how besides the name of the city itself, they named so many things in this community after places in London, England--"The Thames River" (which is a tiny mud creek here at best) and "Covent Garden" (an indoor market which doesn't resemble the original in the slightest) are the two most glaring examples, but I'm sure there are hundreds of others. It makes it difficult to discuss things because you never know to which place people are referring. I'm sure some think it's clever, and it might have even been a comfort of sorts to early settlers, but I think they should stop being copycats and come up with their own place names. It's just annoying. It doesn't matter how much stuff you name the same, the two cities don't even have a similar feel to them. ...And I highly doubt they ever will.
"But Other Than That..."
This city has lots of cool little neighbourhoods, hip restaurants, and fantastic municipal parks. It's actually called "The Forest City," because of the number of parks and trees lining almost every main and side street. If more cities emulated London's extensive use of trees, I'm sure there would be a dramatic reduction in their CO2 and smog levels.