Where is London?

London International Academy is located downtown in the City of London, known as the “Forest City” because of its many beautiful parks, tree-lined streets, and open green spaces. London offers safe, friendly, and affordable living for international students choosing a home away from home.

Wait, so you’re not in London, England? No, we just share the same name. London is a historical city named after London, England. We even have a Hyde Park and Victoria Park in the city. London has been one of the fastest growing cities in Canada with a population of just over 515,000.

The city places a strong emphasis on education, which is why over 10,000 international students choose London as their secondary and post-secondary study destination each year. There are two premier post-secondary institutions located within its city limits, Fanshawe College, the prestigious Western University, and Ivey Business School.

The city is only a few hours from popular North American cities such as Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Detroit, USA. Just one hour north or south of the city are the sandy beaches of Grand Bend and Port Stanley.


London, Ontario, has a humid continental climate, characterized by four distinct seasons.

The temperatures range from cool to mild, with occasional rain in the spring. It’s hot in the summer, with occasional thunderstorms. Colourful foliage marks the autumn, and winter is cold and snowy.

The temperatures range from cool to mild, with occasional rain in Spring. Hot summer with occasional thunderstorms. Fall fulfil with colourful foliage, winter is cold and snowy.

Overall, London has a moderate climate with temperatures that can vary extensively depending on the season. Visitors should be prepared for the different weather conditions and pack accordingly.

Downtown London, ON

Downtown London, Ontario, is the central business district and the cultural hub of the city. It is home to a diverse range of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, as well as several historical and cultural landmarks.


The district is home to several cultural institutions and historical and architectural landmarks, such as the Grand Theatre; the London Symphony Orchestra; the London Children’s Museum; Eldon House, London’s oldest residence; and the First London Place, a restored 19th century building.

Downtown London is a lively and dynamic area that offers something for everyone. Visitors can enjoy shopping and dining, catch a show or concert, explore the city’s history and architecture, or simply stroll around and take in the sights and sounds of the city.

What to Do

London, Ontario, is a vibrant city with a variety of activities and attractions for residents and visitors to enjoy. Some popular activities include:

  • Visiting museums and galleries: London is home to several museums and galleries, including the London Regional Art and Historical Museums, the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, and the McIntosh Gallery.
  • Outdoor activities: London offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, such as hiking and biking on the many trails in the city’s parks (for example, Springbank Park), or birdwatching along the Thames River.
  • Sports and fitness: London has several sports teams, including the London Knights (OHL) and London Lightning (NBL) and many local sports clubs, gyms, and fitness centres.
  • Festivals and events: London hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year, such as the London Fringe Theatre Festival; the London Wine and Food Show; and the Western Fair, which includes a midway, live music, and agricultural displays.
  • Cultural experiences: London has a diverse population and offers a variety of cultural experiences, from visiting the Eldon House, London’s oldest residence; to the Covent Garden Market; to the London Music Hall of Fame.
  • Education: London is home to Western University, Fanshawe College, and the University of Western Ontario, which offer a range of opportunities for learning and personal development.

Bus Information

London Transit Commission (LTC) operates the bus system in London, Ontario, Canada. The system provides service to the city of London and some surrounding areas with a fleet of over 130 buses. LTC offers various types of service, including regular routes, express routes, and specialized services for students, seniors, and people with disabilities. The buses run seven days a week, with reduced service on Sundays and holidays. The LTC also offers a real-time bus tracking system and a trip planning tool on their website. Users can also buy fares and passes online.

You can find more bus information on: https://www.londontransit.ca/

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