Flying into London, a city in Ontario nestled between slick Toronto on the Canadian side, and urban Detroit on the American side, this charming city is a welcome surprise. Nicknamed the forest city for its lush surrounds and astonishing number of parks, this town makes for a delightful introduction to the Great White North, as it incorporates so much of the Canadian spirit with its friendly locals, colonial heritage and numerous outdoor activities.
Things to do in London, Canada
One of the most fun things to do in London is wander around its streets, and its 200 parks and note how much influence England has had on this city. Start in the downtown area, and stroll beside the River Thames, alongside this lovely waterway is Harris Park and the Peace Garden, which are wonderful to walk through on a sunny day. Nearby, visitors can tour the oldest recorded residence in London, Eldon House, and the fascinating Old Courthouse.
Grab a bite to eat at the Covent Garden Market, where you will find stalls selling the best local organic produce, international cuisine, and delicious baked goods. Once you’ve picked up a few refreshments, put your credit card to the test by ambling down Oxford Street, the popular shopping avenue of the city, just like in the English capital.
Other cultural highlights include the Elgin County Railway Museum, that charts the development of this important technological leap, and the Banting House National Historic Site of Canada, a museum that displays the achievements of Frederick Banting, a doctor that was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work and research with insulin.
Best time to visit London, Canada
- Summer (June-August) is probably the best time to visit this city, with warm sunny days averaging between 20-25°C.
- Shoulder seasons can also be very pleasant, especially the months that cradle the summer.
- Winter in this part of the world can be brutally cold, and average lows are about -9°C.
Best time to book
- Coming from Australia, booking as far ahead in advance as you can is recommended, but rule of thumb tends to be that booking about 28 weeks before your trip will get you a good deal on flights.
Expect to pay
- Canadian Dollar (CAD).
- An average cup of coffee in London is about 3.50CAD ($3.75).
Arriving in London, Canada by plane
- London International Airport (YXU) is the main air facility for the city, and welcomes incoming flights from Air Canada, West Jet, Sunwing, and Air Transit.
- The airport is situated 9km outside of London, and you will find free WiFi, a gift store and a Tim Horton’s to pick up some snacks from.
- There are not direct flights from Australia to London, and you will likely stopover twice, in an international hub like San Francisco (SFO) or Los Angeles (LAX), and a large Canadian transit point, like Calgary (YYC) or Toronto (YYZ).
- Australians travelling to Canada will need to apply for an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) pass. This can be done online, just make sure you have 6 months validity left on your passport. For more information, please visit the Canadian government website, or the smart traveller site.
Transportation to city centre
- A taxi into downtown London will cost 25-30CAD ($26-32), or you can arrange an airport transfer with Skyscanner in advance.
- Public buses run into the city Monday to Friday from the airport.
- Car rental desks are available within the airport, or you can reserve a car before you fly with our handy search tool.
Where to stay in London, Canada
- Most of the action is situated within downtown London, and that is where you’ll find almost all of the hotels, in particular trusted brands like Hilton and Best Western.
Useful tips before you go
- Like the United States, tips are expected when you dine. Generally the standard is to tip between 15-20% on your bill before tax.
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