Welcome to Ontario

For information about the Forest City , visit http://www.london.ca/ .In particular the following page may be of interest if you looking to find a specific address ! http://www.london.ca/_private/Maps/Maps.htm

London is in Middlesex County , thus more info about Our Great County . Hey not everyone lives in the City !


 London was first settled by colonists from Europe in 1826 and officially became a city on January 1, 1855. The city of London Ontario contains many parks and preserves that are open all year round, some examples are: Westminster Ponds ,Warbler Woods, Medway Valley Heritage Forest, Kilally Meadows,Sifton Bog, and Meadowlily Woods. These parks contain meadows, wetlands,  valley lands, forests and areas that are still in their natural state.Some of these parks and preserves are considered significant to the environment on a local, regional, provincial or national scale because these areas contain rare and diverse flora, fauna or geography, or have characteristics that have survived from before the first colonizations.Another attraction of the city of London is the scenic bike paths along the Thames River, they are paved and almost22 kilometers long.  The University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College, a community college are London's post secondary institutions. 


        London contains many attractions and scenic surroundings. It was in London that insulin was discovered in 1921-22 at the University of Toronto. London Ontario Canada has a rich and interesting history. The city has a musical history as well Many big bands have risen to fame here. The Forest City has many wonderful parks and numerous sports facilities, or for the artistic minded or the culturally inclined there is  Orchestra London, The Grand Theatre, the London Regional Art and other Museums. If your looking for family entertainment Storybook Gardens in Springbank Park is sure not to disappoint. Also the new John Labatt Centre is a great place to catch a London Knights game or a concert.


        During the  turn-of-the-century, London experienced a housing boom. The boom in the  economy and  industrial sector, caused the city’s population to jump up from around 30,000 in 1890 to almost 60,000 in 1914. Hundreds of one and one-and-a-half-storey brick veneer homes with stained glass, decorative woodwork and front porches sprung up all over the city. Although these houses were good looking and serviceable on the outside , most of these houses in the early 1900's did not have the infrastructure we have today.  London Ontario was about to change however. Over the next decade, the missing infrastructure would would appear. Electricity and indoor plumbing became affordable and available around 1903 to 1906.  Adam Beck, London’s mayor at this time, began a campaign to bring affordable electrictricity to the average home. His leadership ensured the successful founding and running of Ontario Hydro in 1906. Thomas A. Stevens founded Empire Manufacturing(EMCO)  to produce indoor plumbing systems.  It soon became the country’s largest plumbing supplies manufacturer. The addition of dependable, affordable electric power and water had a huge impact on every aspect of the home. Many of the labour-saving devices that were produced at the end of the 19th century were now modified to work on electricity while sinks, toilets moved indoors. Hot water heaters appeared in the rapidly modernizing home for the first time.


Over the next 30 years the city of London had experienced uninterrupted growth up to  1914. Mainly the result of an ever expanding industrial sector that brought hundreds and hundreds of people to the city from rural areas and from overseas to work in the city. Many other cities in Ontario were experiencing similar growth and in the early twentieth century municipalities were highly competitive and vied with each other for new industries. Currently London's economy is dominated by locomotive production, insurance, and information technology.

                                     A little introduction to our Province


The name "Ontario" comes from the Iroquois word "Kanadario" meaning "sparkling water." The name is fitting: not only is Ontario bordered on the south by the Great Lakes and on the north by Hudson Bay, but 177 390 km2, or one sixth of its terrain, is covered by rivers and lakes. Ontario is larger than Spain and France combined. The province has a landmass of 1,068,580 sq km and is the 2nd largest province in Canada. At its greatest extremity Ontario is 690 km in width. the longest distance north/south is 1,730 km. The highest point, at 693 m above sea level, is in the District of Timiskaming, near Lady Evelyn Smoothwater Provincial Park.


The People


With over 11 million people, Ontario is the country's most heavily populated province. While English is the official language, Ontario's Francophones play an essential part in the province's cultural life. The provincial government provides services in French in those regions where the Francophone population is sufficiently high.




Ontario is Canada's most productive province, generating some 40 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). Its manufacturing industries lead the way. Ontario's competitive advantages include its natural resources, modern transportation system, large, well-educated labour force, reliable and relatively inexpensive electrical power, and proximity to key U.S. markets: less than a day's drive puts Ontario's products within reach of 120 million American consumers. Automobiles are Ontario's major manufacturing industry and most important export, employing more than 140 000 people. Motor vehicles, parts and accessories accounted for 37% of Canada's total exports in 1998.


*Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, Copyright (c) 2003.