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Welcome to London

London is a mid-sized city in southwestern Ontario. With a population of just under 400, 000, London is the largest municipality in Ontario. Located at the junction of Highway 401 and 402, London serves as the centre of healthcare, education, culture, sports, and industry in southwestern Ontario.

Neighbourhood characteristics

Pet Friendly

Vibrant

Historic

Unique Boutiques

Green Spaces

Water Views

Nightlife

Downtown

Foodie's Favourite

Multicultural

Family Friendly

Early to Bed

Industry Hub

Bang For Your Buck

Tranquil

Plenty of Pubs

Student Friendly

High Tech

Fun facts

          • London has a rich literary tradition and holds a writers festival annually. Famous London authors include Kelly Armstrong, Bonnie Burnard, and Emma Donoghue.
          • Neighbouring St. Thomas, which is a part of the municipality of London, is known as the Railway City due to the many railroads that pass through it.
          • The famous Jumbo the elephant, said to be the largest circus elephant at the time, died in St. Thomas in 1885. A commemorative statue of Jumbo now stands in the town square.
          • The London Knights, a professional hockey team, were the Ontario Hockey League and Memorial Cup champions in 2004-2005 and again in 2015–2016.
          • Sir Frederick Grant Banting, co-discoverer of insulin and Nobel laureate, practised in London. 
          • Ryan Gosling, the Golden-Globe award-winning actor, was born and raised in London.

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          What to expect

          This friendly city boasts a thriving economy, world-class educational institutions, and some of the best music festivals outside of Toronto!

          What not to expect

          To complete everyday errands with public transit.


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          London

          London combines the amenities of a big city with the heart of a small town.

          London is a mid-sized city in southwestern Ontario. With a population of just under 400, 000, London is the largest municipality in Ontario. Located at the junction of Highway 401 and 402, London serves as the centre of healthcare, education, culture, sports, and industry in southwestern Ontario. With an international airport, train station, and intercity bus service, London is conveniently connected to nearby hubs like Toronto, Windsor, Detroit, and Sarnia.

          London is one of Ontario’s most livable cities, boasting affordable real estate, excellent schools, and numerous parks and conservation areas. London and surrounding St. Thomas enjoys one of the lowest average home prices in Ontario at just $274,383, which is substantially lower than nearby Toronto ($736,670) or Hamilton ($510,204).


          Situated along the Thames River, London residents enjoy easy access to nature at the city’s nine major parks and gardens. Many neighbourhoods are joined by the Thames Valley Parkway, an interconnected set of biking and pedestrian trails that makes up part of London’s 150-kilometre trail network.

          Once largely a manufacturing town, London has transformed itself into a centre for education, medical research, information technology, and healthcare. Boasting two world-class universities, the University of Western Ontario (UWO, often simply referred to as ‘Western’) and Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology. Much of the life sciences and biotechnology research in London is driven by UWO and the London Health Sciences Centre, which is also the largest employer in the city. London also boasts a strong tech scene, especially in the digital creative sector. Over 300 web-based, graphic design, video game, and technology companies are based in the city.

          London is the home of numerous different festivals, celebrations, and cultural activities. Sunfest, a world music festival, is the second largest of its kind in Canada. Other festivals held in London include Rock the Park, the Home County Folk Festival, the London Fringe Theatre Festival, and the Western Fair. London’s annual Rib-fest is the second largest barbeque rib festival in North America.

          WHAT TO EXPECT:

          This friendly city boasts a thriving economy, world-class educational institutions, and some of the best music festivals outside of Toronto!

          London is one of Ontario’s most livable cities, boasting affordable real estate, excellent schools, and numerous parks and conservation areas. With a booming economy and plenty of family friendly amenities, London remains one of southern Ontario's best kept secrets.

          WHAT NOT TO EXPECT:

          To complete everyday errands with public transit.

          Like many suburbs, London suffers from urban sprawl and a lack of reliable public transit.

          THE MARKET:

          Housing in London and nearby St. Thomas is extremely affordable when compared to neighbouring cities in the Greater Toronto Area.

          While there is a small selection of rental or student-style housing, the majority of houses are detached, suburb style homes on generous lots, perfect for growing families. London and surrounding St. Thomas enjoy one of the lowest average home prices in Ontario.

          UNEXPECTED APPEAL:

          London boasts a trail network of over 150 kilometres.

          Situated along the Thames River, London residents enjoy easy access to nature at the city’s nine major parks and gardens. Many neighbourhoods are joined by the Thames Valley Parkway, an interconnected set of biking and pedestrian trails that makes up part of London’s 150-kilometre trail network.

          THE LIFESTYLE:

          With a packed calendar of festivals, concerts, and seasonal celebrations, London's got it all.

          London is the home of numerous different festivals, celebrations, and cultural activities. Sunfest, a world music festival, is the second largest of its kind in Canada. Other festivals held in London include Rock the Park, the Home County Folk Festival, the London Fringe Theatre Festival, and the Western Fair. London’s annual Rib-fest is the second largest barbecue rib festival in North America.

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          London is highly accessible and commuter friendly.

          With an international airport, train station, and intercity bus service, London is conveniently connected to nearby hubs like Toronto, Windsor, Detroit, and Sarnia.

          THE NEIGHBOURS:

          This family-friendly city is home to students, young professionals, and retirees.

          Once largely a manufacturing town, London has transformed itself into a centre for education, medical research, information technology, and healthcare. Boasting two world-class universities, the University of Western Ontario (UWO, often simply referred to as ‘Western’) and Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology. Much of the life sciences and biotechnology research in London is driven by UWO and the London Health Sciences Centre, which is also the largest employer in the city. London also boasts a strong tech scene, especially in the digital creative sector. Over 300 web-based, graphic design, video game, and technology companies are based in the city.

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