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About London

For information about London, ON and the surrounding area, see the Tourism London website. A list of restaurants near the conference venue and hotels has been prepared by the conference organizers.

Did you know?

London has a metropolitan population of approximately 490,000 and is referred to as "The Forest City".

London was named after London, England, and has many similar street names, as well as its own Thames River.

Prior to European occupation in the early 1800s, London was occupied by several Odawa/Ojibwa and Neutral villages.

London was considered as a future capital of Upper Canada in 1793, but the capital became York (now called Toronto). The city was officially founded in 1826.

London is the home of Labatt Brewery Company Ltd.

London is home to The University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College, which contribute to the city's reputation as an international centre of higher education, scientific research, and cultural activity.

London's university and hospitals are its major employers.

London boasts several parks, including Victoria Park in the downtown core, along with Springbank Park, Harris Park, Gibbons Park, Fanshawe Conservation Area, and Westminster Ponds.

Eldon House is home to the former prominent Harris family. It is London's oldest surviving building and is now a heritage site.

The world-renowned Shakespearean Festival is located 40 minutes from London in the town of Stratford. For information about the Stratford Festival located 40 minutes from London, please refer to

Sport Trivia

London has played host to numerous provincial, national, and international sporting events, including the 2005 World Transplant Games, the 2006 World Lacrosse Championships, the CN Canadian Women's Open (LPGA), the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge, the 2010 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games, and is future host of the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.

The University of Western Ontario Intercollegiate teams play under the name "Mustangs". The program is one of the most successful in the country.

Labatt Memorial Park is the world's oldest continuously used baseball grounds.

London is the site of the Women's National Rowing Team Training Centre that rows out of Fanshawe Lake.

London is home of the London Knights, a member of the Ontario Hockey League, who play at the downtown John Labatt Centre.

The London Majors play in the Intercounty Baseball League at Labatt Memorial Park.

London City of the Canadian Soccer League is the highest level of soccer in London.

Football teams include the London Silverbacks (North American Football League), the London Beefeaters (Ontario Football Conference), Forest City Thunderbirds (Ontario Football Conference) and London Falcons (Ontario Varsity Football League).

The Forest City Velodrome is the only indoor cycling track in Ontario and the third to be built in North America, opened in 2005.

The Western Fair Raceway, a half-mile harness-racing track, also includes a coin slot casino and a Sports and Agri-Complex on its grounds.

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