Aerial view of London

Life in London

Big City Amenities, Small City Feel

Situated in the heart of Southwestern Ontario, London is the 11th largest city in Canada with an estimated population of over 400,000 (2019 census data).  London’s growth is primarily driven by the manufacturing industry, but there are many well-known large businesses including the City of London, four hospitals, 3M Canada, Canada Life, and higher education institutes including Western University, Brescia University College, King’s University College, Huron University College, and Fanshawe College. Learn more about the city of London.

Riding bike with autumn leaves


In London, you’ll be able to experience all four seasons – from blossoming spring days, hot and breezy summers, colourful trees during the fall, and snowy winters. Making it the ideal place to call home!

Aerial view of London

The Forest City

London is known as “The Forest City” because it was originally a large forest where our current communities and homes were created from. The city continues to offer a commitment to our environment – with  lush parks, trails and waterways. Check out the over 200 parks where you can walk, run, bike or inline skate! 

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Students smiling together


London is proud to be a welcoming city with a unique, diverse, ethno-cultural community. Londoners speak over 140 different languages with close to 21% of residents indicating their first-language as neither English nor French. Over 22% of our population have immigrated to London from regions across the globe—there is a lot to like about London! In May 2019, the City of London launched a new Community Diversity & Inclusion Strategy that committed to establishing London as an engaged leader in city-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Tree top climbing

Fun for the Family

If you’re looking for fun things to do with your family, London’s there are plenty of entertainment options!

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Food and Dining

With a diverse community, London promises a variety in cuisine and dining. Check out the many flavours of our city here.

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Shopping mall


If you’re in the mood to do a little shopping, consider visiting one of our malls or indoor and outdoor markets to see the latest in fashion and food.

John Labatt Centre

Arts and Culture

With a vibrant past, London has grown into a lively and sophisticated place. Here are a few of the arts and culture events to explore:


London Knights playing hockey


For being a mid-sized city, it may surprise you that London has a growing sports community who have brought home many trophies. Our downtown Budweiser Gardens is home to the powerful London Knights OHL hockey team and our competitive London Lightning basketball team.


Road Trips

Just two hours by car from Toronto and Detroit (U.S), London is the ideal location to start out on some fantastic road trips. Being close to many thriving communities, Southwestern Ontario also offers scenic getaways, local wine tastings and many other charming small-town experience.