London is a beautiful city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, along the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor. Known as the “Forest City”, London boasts a large number of well maintained parks, and has enhanced its reforestation with a century old program of planting approximately 1,000 new trees annually.
London , Ontario is a commercial, industrial and agricultural centre for the area. It has also managed to preserve much of its history in the form of many museums and galleries located throughout the city. London is the home of the Banting House National Historic Site. It was here that Sir Frederick Banting conceived the idea that would eventually lead to the discovery of insulin. Eldon House, another period museum, dates from 1834 and is the oldest residence in the city.
A notable Canadian artist, Paul Peel, was born in London in 1860. Around 1875 he had a studio on Richmond Street in the marble works operated by his father. He studied art in Philadelphia, London, England, and Paris where he was influenced by the current European fashion for polished brush technique and subjects taken from everday life. In 1890 his most famous painting, After The Bath, was awarded a medal at the Paris Salon
A visit to London Ontario would not be complete without a visit to Fanshawe Pioneer Village, located in Fanshawe Conservation Area. A village, made up of over 30 dwellings depicts a 19 th and early 20 th century crossroads community typical of early southwestern Ontario. Storybook Gardens, located in Springbank Park is a family oriented amusement park with eight themed areas. If you are shopping for that out of the ordinary gift item then visit the many small and eclectic shops on Richmond Street that offer local crafts, clothing and gift items.