Month: July 2010

Windsor, Ontario

A- Overview:
The city of Windsor, Ontario lies just across the border between the US and Canada, at the southernmost point in Canada. This city of over 300,000 has its roots deeply planted. Windsor’s Coat of Arms, proudly displayed in the Council Chambers of City Hall, carries the motto, “The River and the Land Sustain Us” as a reminder that the city’s well-being is dependent on appreciation and conservation of these valuable natural resources.

Easily accessible by car either from other cities in Canada or from the United States via tunnel, river, or bridge, the city welcomes visitors to celebrate its rich heritage and to enjoy its many fine restaurants, historic sites, and recreational activities.

The main attraction that draws visitors to Windsor is Casino Windsor, which does a booming business with its slots and gaming tables. The waterfront is also a draw: The International Peace Fountain floats in the Detroit River, and the promenade at Dieppe Gardens is a perfect place to view the Detroit skyline. River cruises depart from the gardens.

Other Windsor attractions include Jackson Park with its summer rose gardens, the Hiram Walker (Canadian Club whiskey) Distillery Tour, and the Art Gallery of Windsor. Visitors interested in African-American history can retrace the route of those who escaped into Canada via the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. Sandwich Baptist Church, erected in Windsor in 1821, was the first Baptist church built by freed slaves. Nearby Amherstburg is home to the North American Black Historical Museum and Cultural Centre, which chronicles the slaves’ journey to freedom. Also in Amherstburg is Fort Malden National Historic Park, site of a fortress that played a prominent role in the War of 1812. The park contains restored barracks and a museum with artifacts from the British and U.S. armies that occupied the fort.

The International Freedom Festival, a two-week celebration honoring the birth of both Canada and the U.S, takes place in Windsor and Detroit in late June and early July. The fireworks display is one of the largest in North America, and is typically held on a weeknight during the last week of June.

Point Pelee National Park, 35 miles southeast of Windsor, is a large stretch of sand and marsh extending into Lake Erie at the southernmost point in all of Canada. The park is visited by migrating birds and monarch butterflies on their way north or south. It offers an interpretive center, nature trails, a boardwalk and miles of beaches. Pelee Island lies south of Point Pelee on Lake Erie, and is a popular destination for fishing and winery tours.

At Walker’s Fine Candies, located on Wyandotte Street, truffles are still hand-dipped and delectable treats are made the old fashioned way, with chocolate being melted in copper pots and formed on marble slabs. Walker’s is also known for its peanut toffee ice cream topping! Another unique attraction is the Windsor Wood Carving Museum, located downtown on Ouellette Avenue. Open year round, it is the only woodcarving museum in Ontario, and includes over 150 carvings.

For a hands-on experience, visit Canada South Science City, one of the most exciting and challenging family and tourist attractions in southwest Ontario. It features over 100 hands-on interactive science and technology exhibits, an exotic café, a state of the art computer science lab, a “bean bag theatre” and a host of other exhibits for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

Windsor has four distinct seasons, ensuring a different visit at any time of the year. Summer tends to be the busiest time of the year. With average temperatures slightly above 72F, it is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy many of the activities available both in and around the city. Spring and fall are cooler but still comfortable enough for any type of activity. Both seasons are exceptionally lovely as Mother Nature produces spring colors as the blossoms bloom and the earth begins its transition back to green. Fall showers the visitor with vibrant colors as the leaves turn and winter arrives. The winter can be cold and it does snow, transforming the city into a post card-like picture where the visitor is seen sitting by a crackling fire, enjoying a warm drink while dining on some of the area’s fine cuisine. Whatever the season, Windsor has an activity and the weather for it.

Whatever the reason for visiting, whether for business or vacation, this border city presents its visitors with a rich history and modern appeal.

B- City Information:
Population: 307,877

Elevation: 623 feet above sea level

Land Area: 685 square miles

Location: Windsor is located at the southernmost point of Canada, just across the U.S. border from Detroit, Michigan

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in Windsor, it’s 11am in Chicago and 9am in Los Angeles). Windsor observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Average Temperatures

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Year

°C
-4.5
-4.0
1.0
7.9
14.1
19.5
22.4
21.3
17.3
11.0
4.0
-2.2
9.0

°F
23.9
24.8
33.8
46.2
57.4
67.1
72.3
70.3
63.1
51.8
39.2
28.0
48.2

Average Rainfall

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Year

mm
55.3
54.8
67.2
69.0
80.3
86.6
84.3
76.0
71.3
59.3
63.9
63.2
831.8

inches
2.2
2.2
2.6
2.7
3.2
3.4
3.3
3.0
2.8
2.3
2.5
2.5
32.7

Local Seasons:

Due to the beautiful weather as well as numerous attractions, sights to see, and things to do, the summer tends to be the busiest time of the year. With average temperatures during this time of year slightly over 22 C (72F), it’s the perfect time to get out of doors and enjoy many of the activities available both in and around the city. Spring and fall are cooler but still comfortable enough for any type of activity. Both seasons are exceptionally lovely as Mother Nature produces spring colors as the blossoms bloom and the earth begins its transition back to green. Fall showers the visitor with vibrant colors as the leaves turn and winter arrives. The winter can be cold and it does snow, transforming the city into a postcard like picture: a picture where the visitor is seen sitting by a warm fire, enjoying a warm drink while dining on some of the area’s fine cuisine.

How to Get There:

By Car:

From elsewhere in Canada:

The southernmost City in Ontario, visitors can reach Windsor and environs via Hwy. 401, which terminates in Windsor. Signage for Windsor’s City Centre and Tunnel to U.S. is clearly marked off Hwy. 401, near the City, as is signage for the Ambassador Bridge to U.S.

From the United States:

Entry to Windsor, Canada, is via either the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel or Ambassador Bridge. The Tunnel is the only international sub aqueous car tunnel in the world. It has a maximum roadway depth of 75 feet beneath the river surface, is nearly a mile long and is the fast downtown connection between the heart of the City of Windsor and Detroit, Michigan. Transit Windsor also operates a “Tunnel Bus” service which shuttles between Windsor’s and Detroit’s City Centres, providing quick and easy access.

By Air

Windsor Airport

3200 County Rd. #42, R.R.#1
Windsor, ON N9A 6J3
519-969-2430
Windsor Airport, the convenient advantage for tourist, business and convention travelers, is located just minutes from downtown Windsor/Detroit and capable of handling aircraft of all sizes. Passenger services at the airport include restaurant/bar, cash machine, business centre, shuttle and taxi service, four car rental agencies and a full International wing with resident Customs. The terminal has been designed to be passenger friendly to minimize walking distance throughout the terminal and adjacent automated parking lots.

Detroit International Airport

Detroit, MI 48242

734-942-3550

Located directly across the U.S. border from Windsor, the airport is served by many of the recognizable worldwide airlines as well as many local and regional carriers.

By Train

VIA Rail

298 Walker Road
Windsor, ON N8Y 2M9
888-842-7245 (Canada or US)

Windsor’s VIA Rail station is a five-minute drive from the border, just off of Riverside Drive East. VIA provides direct service from Windsor to Toronto, stopping at points between and connecting to points east and west from Toronto. VIA tickets can be obtained directly by calling them, or from your travel agent.

Ground Transportation

Most of the major car rental companies, as well as taxi and limousine service is available at the airport as well as throughout the city. In addition, the Transit Windsor Shuttle (519-944-4111) bus includes a stop at Windsor Airport. In addition to public transit throughout the City of Windsor, it also provides group shuttle services by arrangement.

By Water

City Marina Lakeview Park Marina
9200 Riverside Drive East
2450 McDougall
Windsor, ON N8X 3N6
519-948-3383

Lakeview Park Marina is open seasonally mid-April through October, located approximately 6 miles East of Windsor’s City Centre, where the Detroit River meets Lake St. Clair. In addition to some 300 permanent wells, transit boaters are moored on the Little River and the Federal Wall as and when available.

How to Get Around:

Due to the many sights and attractions both in and around Windsor as well as the proximity to Detroit, the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car.

National Holidays:

New Years Day January 1

Good Friday Date Varies

Easter Monday Date Varies

Victoria Day Monday proceeding May 25

Canada Day July 1 (The Holidays Act provides that July 2 is Canada Day when July 1 Is a Sunday)

Labour Day First Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day Second Monday of October

Remembrance Day November 11

Christmas Day December 25

Boxing Day December 26

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Sandwich First Baptist Church
3652 Peter Street
Windsor, ON N9C 1J7

519-252-4917

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Fugitive slaves who fled to Canada from the United States built the first black church in the area. The original log cabin was torn down in 1851 when the present building was erected. Designated a Historic Site in 1995, the church is open for regular services or group presentations by appointment.

Canada South Wine Tours
125 Tecumseh Rd. W.
Windsor, ON N8X 1E8
519-252-7966

Hours: Call for reservations

Admission Charged

Discover … Relax … Sip … Enjoy! Join a tour through the Lake Erie North Shore designated viticulture area in Canada’s most southerly coastal region. Spend the day visiting a variety of area wineries (lunch included).

Canadian Club Brand Heritage Center

2072 Riverside Drive East
Windsor, ON N8Y 4S5
519-254-5171

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Home of Hiram Walker & Sons Limited, distillers of Canadian Club whisky, founded on this site by Hiram Walker in 1858. The new ‘brand heritage’ tour showcases the production and history of Canadian Club, at Hiram Walker’s elegant executive building. In addition to some rum-running history and a video of the whisky-making process, visitors are treated to a tour of the building and will view the distiller’s famed Canadian art collection. Learn how to sample the product, enjoy a complimentary drink in the C.C. Bistro and take home an exclusive promotional souvenir.

Walker’s Fine Candies
1033 Wyandotte Street East
Windsor, ON N9A 3K3
519-253-2019
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free
Here, truffles are still hand-dipped and delectable treats are made the old fashioned way, with chocolate being melted in copper pots, and formed on marble slabs. Walker’s are also known for Peanut Toffee Ice Cream Topping!

Casino Windsor

377 Riverside Drive East
Windsor, ON N9A 7H7
519-258-7878

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

Casino Windsor offers a total of 100,000 square feet (9,290 square metres) of gaming space.
There are almost 3,000 slot machines and over 130 table games, including premium slot and table games areas.

Windsor Raceway/Racetrack Slots

County Rd. 20 at Sprucewood
Windsor, ON N9A 6P6
519-969-8311

Hours: Open seven days a week from noon to midnight.

Admission Free

Offers a combination of live and simulcast wagering. Home to over 700 slot machines, the facility offers gaming 9 am-3 am, seven days a week.

Serbian Hetitage Museum
6770 Tecumseh Rd. E.
Windsor, ON N8T 1E6

519-944-4884
Hours: The museum is open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4pm.

Admission Charged

Windsor Wood Carving Museum
850 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, ON 519-977-0823
Hours: Open year round, 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Friday; and 10am-4pm Saturdays
Admission Charged
The only Wood Carving Museum in Ontario, an expansive one-room museum located downtown. Includes over 150 carvings.

Windsor’s Community Musuem
254 Pitt Street West
Windsor, ON N9A 5L5

519-253-1812
Hours: Open Tues-Sat 10am – 5pm year round; Sunday 2am – 5pm from May – September

Admission Charged
The Francois Baby House, which was built in 1812, offers exhibitions, displays and programs on area history. The Duff-Baby House and Interpretation Centre in Sandwich, believed to be the oldest continually occupied European settlement in Ontario, offers exhibits, walking tours, programs and special events.

Canada South Science City
930 Marion Ave.
Windsor, ON N9A 2J2

519-973-3667
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Canada South Science City is one of the most exciting and challenging family and tourist attractions in Southwest Ontario, featuring over 100 hands-on interactive science and technology exhibits, an exotic café, a state of the art computer science lab, “bean bag theatre” and a host of other exhibits for visitors of all ages to enjoy!

Hyper Space
2475 McDougall
Windsor, ON N8X 3N9

519-969-5014
Hours: Open daily, year round. Call for seasonal hours

Admission Charged

Hyper Space is an exciting family indoor playland where children 12 months to 12 years and their parents can leap, crawl, climb, and play on equipment that has been designed with safety in mind.

Wheels The Skating Place
2475 McDougall
Windsor, ON N8X 3N9

519-969-4335

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Wheels The Skating Place is a clean, safe, well-supervised family rink that offers fun for all ages! In-line skates welcome at all sessions; roller skate rentals available on-site. A small mini-putt course is also available at Wheels.

XS Family Fun Centre
1930 Ambassador Drive
Windsor, ON N9C 3C3

519-972-6748
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
The latest in interactive video game centres, catering fun to all ages with go-karts, batting cages, laser tag and a huge arcade.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Canada South Science City
930 Marion Ave.
Windsor, Ontario N9A 2J2

519-973-3667
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Canada South Science City is one of the most exciting and challenging family and tourist attractions in Southwest Ontario, featuring over 100 hands-on interactive science and technology exhibits, an exotic café, a state of the art computer science lab, “bean bag theatre” and a host of other exhibits for visitors of all ages to enjoy!

Hyper Space
2475 McDougall
Windsor, Ontario N8X 3N9

519-969-5014
Hours: Open daily, year round. Call for seasonal hours

Admission Charged

Hyper Space is an exciting family indoor playland where children 12 months to 12 years and their parents can leap, crawl, climb, and play on equipment that has been designed with safety in mind.

Wheels The Skating Place
2475 McDougall
Windsor, Ontario N8X 3N9

519-969-4335

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Wheels The Skating Place is a clean, safe, well-supervised family rink that offers fun for all ages! In-line skates welcome at all sessions; rollerskate rentals available on-site. A small mini-putt course is also available at Wheels.

XS Family Fun Centre
1930 Ambassador Drive
Windsor, Ontario N9C 3C3

519-972-6748
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
The latest in interactive video game centres, catering fun to all ages with go-karts, batting cages, laser tag and a huge arcade.

Walker’s Fine Candies
1033 Wyandotte Street East
Windsor, Ontario N9A 3K3
519-253-2019
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free
Here, truffles are still hand-dipped and delectable treats are made the old fashioned way, with chocolate being melted in copper pots, and formed on marble slabs. Walker’s are also known for Peanut Toffee Ice Cream Topping!

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

One Act Play Festival

Held in late January

Location: Theatre Windsor at Market Square

The Annual Play Writing Competition invites local playwrights to submit a one act play for judging. The Winning plays are produced on the Theatre Windsor stage in the Annual One Act Play Festival. This is a tremendous opportunity to enjoy the performance of local ideas.

Annual Polar Bear Dip & Dinner

Held in late January

Location: Lakeside Park Pavilion/Lake Erie, Kingsville

Annual Polar Bear Dip & Dinner. Proceeds Benefit the Youth & Family Resource Network & ChildCan.

February

Ojibway Winter Festival

Held in early February

Location: Ojibway Park, Windsor

Enjoy cross-country skiing, skating and winter wanders through the ‘wilds of Windsor’.

Windsor Canadian Music Festival

Held in mid February

Location: Assumption University Chapel, Windsor

519-977-1400

Chamber ensemble and solo performances of Canadian compositions.

Devonshire Mall Spring Homeshow

Held in mid February

Location: Devonshire Mall, Windsor

519-256-9134

Heritage Day

Held in mid February

Location: Fort Malden National Historic Site, Amherst burg

519-736-5416

Admission Free

Celebrating Canadian heritage. Refreshments for the whole family.

March

Annual Home Show

Held in early March

Location: Ciociaro Club, Windsor

519-948-3247
Presented by the Greater Windsor Home Builders’ Association.

Windsor Classic Indoor Games

Held in early march

Location: St. Denis Athletic Centre, Windsor

519-235-2300

Paralympic events in Track, Field, Swimming, Boccia, Wheelchair Tennis, Wheelchair Rugby, Goalball, Powerlifting and Sled Hockey.

Maple First Taste of Spring

Held in mid March

Location: John R Park, Homestead, Harrow

519-738-2029

Make Maple taffy in the snow; learn about the first taste of spring in pioneer times.

Colasantis March Break Madness Celebration

Held in mid March

Location: Tropical Gardens, Kingsville

519-326-3287

Let Colasanti’s show you a tropical cure for the March Break Boredom Blues. Visit the zoo featuring Animal Encounter Shows that run daily throughout the week. Create art with one of the open craft classes, enjoy a pony ride, or enter the colouring contest. Play 18-hole indoor mini golf, play on the indoor Little Tykes playground, or enjoy the arcade. Super Sleuths beware; the scavenger hunt will stump even the best of detectives.

Maple March Break

Held in mid March

Location: John R Park Homestead & Conservation Area, Harrow

519-738-2029

Kids, accompanied by adults, try all the steps in maple syrup making and enjoy a taste of fresh sugar.

Maple Moon

Held in mid March

Location: John R Park Homestead & Conservation Area, Harrow

519-738-2029

Join in an old fashioned sugaring off party by candlelight.

Colasanti’s Easter Extravaganza

Held around Easter

Location: Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens, Kingsville

519-326-3287

Start the Easter weekend festivities on Good Friday by joining in on the Easter Egg Hunt and then venture inside and take part in all of the activities!

April

Cherry Blossom Festival

Held in mid April

Location: Fujisawa Zen Garden, Essex

519-776-4459
See beautiful blossoms of the Japanese Sakura tree, only in bloom for a short time. Many activities and cultural shows held over two weekends. Tea ceremonies performed.

Windsor Home and Leisure Show

Held in late April

Location: St. Denis Centre, Windsor

519-256-9434

One of the largest home shows in Windsor and Essex County featuring home renovations and improvements.

May

Festival of Birds

Held all of May

Location: Point Pelee National Park of Canada, Leamington

519-322-2365

Special events, hikes and birding programs.

June

Carousel by the River Expo

Held in mid June

Location: Riverfront Festival Plaza, Windsor

519-255-1127

The world on your doorstep! Carousel by the River brings together cultural displays, unique arts and crafts, exotic food and live entertainment from countries around the globe…all at a beautiful riverfront location!

Carousel of the Nations

Held in mid June

Location: Varies throughout Windsor

519-255-1127

Take a trip around the globe, as you visit the cultural “villages” set up throughout the city, each featuring cultural displays, unique arts and crafts, delicious food and exotic entertainment.

International Freedom Festival

a two-week celebration honoring the birth of both Canada and the U.S. which takes place in Windsor and Detroit in late June and early July. The fireworks display is one of the largest in North America: It is usually held on a weeknight in the last week of June.

July

Canada Day Festivities

Held in early July

Location: Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada, Amherstburg

519-736-5416

Admission Free

Fort Malden and the community of Amherst burg kick up their heels for the annual birthday celebration of the country. Music, blackpowder demonstrations and fireworks are the highlights of the birthday festivities.

Windsor Theatre Festival

Held in late July – early August

Location: CNR Park, Windsor

519-564-09712

Live Theatre.

September

Devonshire Mall Fall Homeshow

Held in late September – early October

Location: Devonshire Mall, Windsor

519-256-9434

Annual home show.

October

Legends of the Night

Held in late October

Location: Point Pelee National Park of Canada, Leamington

519-322-2365

Join an interpreter at the campfire and take a walk on a jack-o-lantern lit trail.

November

Winter Exhibit

Held mid November – late April

Location: The Windsor Wood Carving Museum, Windsor

519-977-0823

Included are carvings from Quebec and Michigan. Wildlife, wildfowl, historical carvings, a life-size sculpture of Tecumseh, a bust of Cadillac, and famous citizens from Windsor’s last 100 years.

December

Bright Nights

Held early December – mid March

Location: Civic Esplanade, Windsor

519-971-0950

This unique seasonal light show illuminates Downtown Windsor from City Hall Square through Charles Clark Square ending at the Civic Green on the waterfront. It consists of several themed areas and 175 light displays and hosts several winter events and activities.

Arts & Entertainment

Capitol Theatre & Arts Centre
121 University Avenue West
Windsor, Ontario N9A 5P4

519-253-8065

Admission Charged
Community arts centre featuring a variety of performances. The building was recently restored to an original 1920 appearance.

Chrysler Theatre
Cleary International Centre201 Riverside Drive West
Windsor, Ontario N9A 5K4

519-252-8311
Houses one of the largest performing arts theatre in Ontario. Chrysler Theatre features a panoramic view of the Detroit River and skyline, providing a luxurious setting to enjoy the finest entertainment offered today. A variety of performances: classical, theatrical, pop, rock and family entertainment.

Mark Breslin’s Yuk Yuk’s Comedy

Telephone375 Ouellette Avenue – Upper
Windsor, Ontario N9A 7B4

519-256-5233

Call for the latest show schedule!

Stand up comedy with dinner show packages available.

Purple Theatre Company
3277 Sandwich St.
Windsor, Ontario N9C 1A9

519-255-7600
The Purple Theatre Company is one of Canada’s premier producers of original live theatre. Since 1995, the PTC has brought quality entertainment to stages across southwestern Ontario. Often innovative, sometimes edgy, sometimes painfully hilarious and always entertaining, these shows present an outstanding alternative to the ones visitors have already seen.

Theatre Alive
5165 Halford Rd.
Windsor, Ontario N9E 4M3

519-969-0660
Theatre Alive is an incorporated, non-profit community theatre organization that produces large-scale musicals at the Cleary International Centre. Professional shows at a great price!

Theatre Windsor
2109 Ottawa St. at Market Square
Windsor, Ontario N8X 1R8

519-944-1968
This community theatre group produces full-length plays, murder mysteries and one-act plays. In that roster of plays have been numerous family-oriented Christmas shows.

University Players
401 Sunset Avenue University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4

519-253-3000

Performances scheduled from September to April.
University Players is the theatre company of the School of Dramatic Art, University of Windsor. Professional-style shows found right in the heart of campus.

Windsor Light Opera Association

2491 Jos.St.Louis
Windsor, Ontario N8T 2M4

519-974-6593
Windsor Light Opera is a community based amateur musical performance company of talented people that has thrilled Windsor area audiences since 1948. WLO produce major musicals each April and November at the Chrysler Theatre in Windsor’s City Centre.

Windsor Symphony Orchestra
487 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, Ontario N9A 4J2

519-973-1238
The WSO performs five major series: the flagship Premier Classics and the popular Pops Celebration are performed at the Chrysler Theatre; two chamber series, Mozart & More and Bach and Beyond are performed in Assumption University Chapel; and our series for families and a young audience, Family Jamboree.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

A- Overview:
Saskatoon is a vibrant, trendy city: a university town filled with craft shops, galleries, attractions and festivals, ranging from jazz to cinema to river races. Saskatoon is situated on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, which is crossed by seven bridges within the city limits.

During the US Prohibition era in the 1920s, frequent trips were made to Saskatchewan from the Midwestern border states of Montana and North Dakota by US residents seeking to stock their homes with the beer and other alcoholic beverages whose sale the US had banned. While smuggling a bottle or two of beer or whiskey back across the Canadian border, they would also bring in a supply of the much sought after misaskquatoomina, the delicious wild, purple berries whose Cree name translates to Saskatoon. Ironically, Ontario Methodists had founded the town as a temperance colony in 1883 and had named it after the berry that grows there in abundance.

Straddling the South Saskatchewan River, Saskatoon is known as “The City of Bridges” because of the seven spans connecting its banks. It also is home to the University of Saskatchewan, which is building a reputation for research and development in science, medicine and agriculture. The Diefenbaker Canada Centre on campus showcases memorabilia of Canada’s 13th prime minister.

The Local History Room within the Frances Morrison Library, serves as a research facility for information that focuses on prairie history relating to Saskatoon. Collections include more than 60,000 historic photographs, thousands of books, pamphlets, maps, artifacts and periodicals. An art gallery is next to the room. The Saskatchewan Railway Museum is operated by the Saskatchewan Railroad Historical Association and displays old railroad buildings and artifacts, including locomotives, cabooses and streetcars.

Enjoy the Western Development Museum, Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Saskatoon Zoo and Wanuskewin Heritage Park.

The Centennial Auditorium, is for conventions, as well as being a cultural and civic center. The auditorium is home to the Saskatoon Symphony and the site of traveling shows throughout the year. The Meewasin Valley Centre, features interpretive displays pertaining to the area’s history. Saskatchewan Place features rock concerts; trade shows; hockey, basketball and baseball games; and other sporting events. The facility is on the north side of the city next to highways 2 and 16.

For a different perspective of the Saskatoon, the Shearwater Properties Boat Cruise offers sightseeing tours on the South Saskatchewan River. The Meewasin Valley Trail, following the South Saskatchewan River through the heart of the city, has bicycle and jogging trails, picnic areas and playgrounds and provides opportunities for cross-country skiing and ice skating. Recreational activities are available at nearby Pike Lake and Blackstrap provincial parks.

B- City Information:
Population: 196,811

Elevation: 1598 feet

Time Zone: Saskatoon is in the Central Time Zone. When it is 12:00 noon in New York City (EST), it is 11:00 AM in Saskatoon. Daylight saving time is not observed.

Location: Saskatoon is centrally located in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada 780 kilometers northwest of Winnipeg, a little over 520 kilometers southeast of Edmonton, and just over 300 kilometers north of the U.S. border. Saskatoon is situated on the banks of the south Saskatchewan river which is crossed by seven bridges within the city limits.

Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
9F
-11F

February
-8F
13F

March
27F
6F

April
49F
26F

May
64F
38F

June
71F
48F

July
77F
52F

August
75F
48F

September
63F
38F

October
51F
27F

November
31F
12F

December
16F
-2F

Local Seasons: This region has long, severe winters and relatively short summers with moderate rainfall. There are many sunny days throughout the year. Winter snowfall is comparatively light and is swept away by strong winds. The transition from season to season often occurs very quickly without the interim seasons of fall and spring such as are found in more temperate climates.

National Holidays:

New Years Day January 1

Good Friday Varies

Easter Monday Varies

Victoria Day Monday preceding May 25

Canada Day July 1 The Holidays Act provides that July 2 is Canada Day

when July 1 is a Sunday.

Labour Day First Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day Second Monday of October

Remembrance Day November 11

Christmas Day December 25

Boxing Day December 26

Arriving:

Saskatoon airport (YXE) is located about 10 minutes from the city centre, provides links to all national and international destinations.

By car

Visitors traveling by automobile and arriving in Saskatchewan from the south may enter the province at any one of a dozen border crossings. But the best road is the one leading from Minot, ND (#52), through North Portal to Estevan, SK (#39) and on to Regina (#39 and #6). From Regina, capital of the province and national home of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, head north on #11 (twinned highway) to Saskatoon, and then on to Prince Albert (#11) and Waskesiu (#2).

For those arriving in Saskatchewan from the east or west, the TransCanada highway is the fast route. From Regina, head north on #11 to Saskatoon. An alternative route is the Yellowhead Highway (#16). It links Edmonton, AB, Saskatoon and Winnipeg, MB., spanning Saskatchewan to the north of the TransCanada. More scenic than its southern counterpart, the Yellowhead is the preferred route for many tourists arriving from the east or west.

Rail

Saskatoon is served by VIA Rail (1-800-561-8630). Arrivals from eastern Canada are on Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 1:55 a.m., and from western Canada on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:40 a.m. Taxi service is available from the station, located about 15 minutes from the city centre.

Bus

There are bus connections to Saskatoon from all points. During summer months, there’s daily bus service from the downtown bus depot (933-8000) to the park village of Waskesiu. In Waskesiu, however, you’ll have to find a ride to the trailhead, located 30 kms from the village.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Beaver Creek Conservation Area

8 miles s. on Hwy. 219 (Lorne Ave.)

Saskatoon, S7K 3G5 CAN

(306) 374-2474

Free

Daily 9-9, July-Aug.; daily 9-5, May-June; Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat.-Sun. and holidays noon-5, Sept.-Oct.; Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat.-Sun. noon-5, rest of year

Beaver Creek Conservation Area is 13 km (8 mi.) s. on Hwy. 219 (Lorne Ave.). Self-guided nature trails and interpretive displays are offered..

Diefenbaker Canada Centre

101 Diefenbaker Pl.
Saskatoon, S7N 5B8 CAN

(306) 966-8384

Admission charged.

Mon.-Fri. 9:30-4:30, Sat.-Sun. and holidays noon-4:30; closed Jan. 1, Good Friday, Nov. 11 and Dec. 25-26

Diefenbaker Canada Centre is on the University of Saskatchewan campus. The archives and personal belongings of prime minister John Diefenbaker are housed at the center; his grave site is on the grounds. The museum also offers changing exhibits about Canadian history, art, politics, science, culture and current affairs.

Gladys’ Doll House

4 km (2.5 mi.) n. on Hwy. 12 from 71st St., then 1.6 km (1 mi.) e. and 1 km (.6 mi.) n.

Saskatoon, S7K 3J7 CAN

(306) 933-2638

Admission charged.

Daily 1-7, June-Aug.; by appointment rest of year

More than 1,000 new and antique dolls are featured. Each group of dolls is displayed depicting a scene best describing its history and background.

Mendel Art Gallery and Civic Conservatory

950 Spadina Crescent E.
Saskatoon, S7K 3H6 CAN

(306) 975-7610

Free

Daily 9-9; closed Dec. 25

Mendel Art Gallery And Civic Conservatory is at 950 Spadina Crescent E. in a park between Queen and 25th Sts. This attractive complex overlooks the South Saskatchewan River. In the art gallery are exhibitions of international, national and regional works, including historical and contemporary art. Visitors may view the display of tropical and native plants in the conservatory. Programs and activities are presented in combination with each series of exhibitions.

Musée Ukraina Museum

202 Ave. M. South

Saskatoon, S7K 3H5 CAN

(306) 244-4212

Admission charged.

Mon.-Sat. 11-5, Sun. 1-5

Musée Ukraina Museum is next to St. George’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral at 202 Ave. M. South. Ethnographic collections represent the spiritual, material and folkloric cultural heritage of Ukraine. Interpretive tours portray Ukrainian civilization from prehistory to the commencement of emigration. The adjacent cathedral, with its Ukrainian Eastern Byzantine Rite architecture, art and iconography, may be viewed upon request.

Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre

120 33rd St. E.
Saskatoon, S7K 0S2 CAN

(306) 373-9901

Free

Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30. Tours are given Tues.-Wed. by appointment

The center is dedicated to preserving First Nations cultures in Saskatchewan such as the Woodland, Swampy and Plains Cree; Dene; Saulteaux; Dakota; Lakota; and Nakota. Exhibits include historic artifacts as well as contemporary arts and crafts.

Saskatoon Prairieland Park Corp. Emerald Casino

Ruth St. W. & Lorne Ave. S.

Saskatoon, S7K 4E4 CAN

(306) 683-8840

Mon.-Thurs. 10:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Fri.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-4 a.m., Sun. noon-2 a.m.; closed Easter and Dec. 24-25

Casino games and entertainment.

Saskatoon Zoo and Forestry Farm Park

1903 Forest Dr.
Saskatoon, S7S 1G9 CAN

(306) 975-3382

Admission charged.

Zoo and park open daily 9-9, May 1-Labour Day; 10-4, rest of year

Displayed in settings resembling their natural habitats are 350 species of birds and animals native to Saskatchewan and western Canada. The park offers a children’s petting zoo, a reptile and tropical fish display, stocked fishing pond and nature walkways. The Kinsmen Express train provides a tour around the park and zoo.

Shearwater Boat Cruises

off Spadina Crescent opposite Kinsmen Park, at the Mendel Art Gallery dock.

Cruises depart daily at 2:30, 4 and 5:30, May 12-Sept. 30. Schedule may vary; phone ahead

Saskatoon, SK S0J 1A0 CAN

(888) 747-7572

Scenic 1-hour cruises aboard the Saskatoon Princess take in the downtown waterfront and include commentary about the city’s history.

Ukrainian Museum of Canada

910 Spadina Crescent E.
Saskatoon, S7K 3H5 CAN

Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1-5; closed Jan. 1 and 7, Good Friday, Ukrainian Good Friday, Victoria Day, Labour Day and Dec. 25

Admission charged.

Exhibits include folk and fiber art, domestic and agricultural tools, and documents and photographs of Ukrainian immigrants. Guided tours are available.

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Wanuskewin Heritage Park is 5 km (3.1 mi.) n. on Hwy. 11, 3 km (1.9 mi.) s. on Warman Rd., then 2 km (1.2 mi.) e. on Penner Rd.

Saskatoon, S7K 3J7 CAN

(306) 931-6767

Daily 9-9, Victoria Day weekend-Labour Day weekend; 9-5, rest of year. Closed Good Friday and Dec. 25

Cree for “seeking peace of mind,” Wanuskewin is a 290-acre First Nation heritage park that traces more than 6,000 years of area history. The park showcases 19 archeological sites where such artifacts as a medicine wheel and tipi rings have been unearthed. An interpretive center overlooks a valley where stampeding bison plunged over a cliff to their death. Hands-on exhibits, computer-activated displays and two audiovisual presentations portray the Northern Plains Indian culture. An outdoor activity area allows visitors to help build a tipi or tan a hide. Native performers present Indian dances, songs and storytelling in a 500-seat amphitheater. Self-guiding trails meander through the park and feature interpretive signs explaining past uses of the land. Food is available.

Western Development Museum’s 1910 Boomtown

2610 Lorne Ave.
Saskatoon, S7J 0S6 CAN

Admission charged.

Daily 9-5, Apr.-Dec.; Tues.-Sun. 9-5, rest of year. Closed Jan. 1 and Dec. 25

Western Development Museum’s 1910 Boomtown is at 2610 Lorne Ave. This indoor representation of a typical prairie town features more than 30 buildings. Displays include transportation artifacts and vintage agricultural equipment. Food is available.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Gladys’ Doll House

4 km (2.5 mi.) n. on Hwy. 12 from 71st St., then 1.6 km (1 mi.) e. and 1 km (.6 mi.) n.

Saskatoon, S7K 3J7 CAN

(306) 933-2638

Admission charged.

Daily 1-7, June-Aug.; by appointment rest of year

More than 1,000 new and antique dolls are featured. Each group of dolls is displayed depicting a scene best describing its history and background..

Saskatoon Zoo and Forestry Farm Park

1903 Forest Dr.
Saskatoon, S7S 1G9 CAN

(306) 975-3382

Admission charged.

Zoo and park open daily 9-9, May 1-Labour Day; 10-4, rest of year

Displayed in settings resembling their natural habitats are 350 species of birds and animals native to Saskatchewan and western Canada. The park offers a children’s petting zoo, a reptile and tropical fish display, stocked fishing pond and nature walkways. The Kinsmen Express train provides a tour around the park and zoo.

Western Development Museum’s 1910 Boomtown

2610 Lorne Ave.
Saskatoon, S7J 0S6 CAN

Admission charged.

Daily 9-5, Apr.-Dec.; Tues.-Sun. 9-5, rest of year. Closed Jan. 1 and Dec. 25

Western Development Museum’S 1910 Boomtown is at 2610 Lorne Ave. This indoor representation of a typical prairie town features more than 30 buildings. Displays include transportation artifacts and vintage agricultural equipment. Food is available.

Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre

120 33rd St. E.
Saskatoon, S7K 0S2 CAN

(306) 373-9901

Free

Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30. Tours are given Tues.-Wed. by appointment

The center is dedicated to preserving First Nations cultures in Saskatchewan such as the Woodland, Swampy and Plains Cree; Dene; Saulteaux; Dakota; Lakota; and Nakota. Exhibits include historic artifacts as well as contemporary arts and crafts.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

Early February

Cattle Congress

Early March

Annual Collector’s Show

Mid-March

Juvenile Provincial Curling Playoffs

613 Park St.

Saskatoon, S4N 5N1

(306) 780-9202

Late March

Gardenscape

Late March

FLICKS: International Film Festival For Youth

Early April

Flicks International Film Festival for Young People

Broadway Ave. & 7th St. E.
Saskatoon, S7N 1B3

(306) 956-3456

This 3-day festival features the best in the world’s cinema for families.

Mid-late April

Canada Dairy Expo

Early June

Northern Saskatchewan International Children’s Festival

Mid-June

Annual Cameco Victoria Park Summer Festival

Late June- early July

SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

Early July

Canada Day Celebrations

Early July – Late August

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival

Mid-July

Pion – Era 2004

Mid-July

Great Northern River Roar

Mid-July

Taste of Saskatchewan

Mid-July

Ness Creek Music Festival

Late July

Saskatoon Berry Festival

Late July-early August

Annual Saskatoon International Fringe Festival

Mid-August

Saskatoon Exhibition

Mid-August

Clarica Mid–Summer Masters Horse Show

Mid-August.

Annual Folkfest

Late August

Canada Remembers International Air Show

Late August

Ukraine Day in the Park

Late August

Annual Cruise Weekend

Mid-October

Canadian Cowboys Association Rodeo Finals

Late November

Saskatoon City Hospital’s Festival of Trees

Early December

Sundog Hand

London, Ontario

A- Overview:
This region of south-central Ontario (midway between Toronto and Windsor) was modeled after the best of London, England. Therefore, London has its own Thames River, and nearby Stratford, the namesake of Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon has its own internationally acclaimed theater festival and its own Avon River.

Many of the attractions in London are connected to local history. Fanshawe Pioneer Village is a re-creation of a town from the 1800s that presents crafts demonstrations. At the London Museum of Archeology, visitors can witness an ongoing archeological dig. Iroquoian life around the year 1000 is the focus of the Ska-Nah-Doht Iroquoian Village. Eldon House, built in 1834, is the city’s oldest building, and you can also find and visit many lovely Victorian residences in town.

Museums include the London Regional Art and Historical Museum; the London Museum of Archaeology, which is located next to an ongoing dig site called the Lawson Prehistoric Indian Village; and the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum which displays military memorabilia. There is also the Guy Lombardo Museum, where the legendary bandleader and his talented acquaintances are remembered in photographs and other memorabilia.

London is buzzing with an abundance of festivals throughout the calendar year. Local and out-of-town restaurants compete for the title of Best Ribs at the London Rib Fest in late July, the same weekend as the Balloon Festival where dozens of beautifully covered hot air balloons fill the air. The annual Western Fair runs for 10 days each September with a special children’s midway, top name performers at the Grandstand, home arts and horticultural competitions. Later in the fall, experience the hilarity of the Canadian Comedy Awards Festival at various downtown venues.

Throughout the year visitors to London will enjoy an outstanding selection of interesting attractions. For all travelers on all levels of budgets, London is at its best in its downtown core. If it’s the arts you enjoy, then settle in for pure enjoyment. Take in a play at The Grand Theatre, or enjoy a performance of Orchestra London.

London has seen the richness of the culture and traditions of the Iroquois Nation; the settlement by Colonel John Graves Simcoe and his British associates; the architectural and artistic accomplishments of the Victorian era; the emergence of a big band legend; the discovery of insulin, and much more. London is a city of traditions and treasured memories. It is also a modern commercial and industrial center, and a lively and entertaining place. For the past 100 years, Londoners have planted around 1,000 trees annually to keep the area green, earning the name “Forest City.” This is London: a city that is always advancing and growing, yet one that has deep roots in the past.

B- City Information:
Population: 336,539

Elevation: 850 feet

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time. When it is 12:00 noon in London, Ontario, it is also 12:00 noon in New York City, USA.

Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
30F
16F

February
30F
15F

March
37F
23F

April
50F
34F

May
63F
44F

June
73F
54F

July
79F
59F

August
77F
58F

September
69F
59F

October
56F
40F

November
43F
31F

December
33F
21F

National Holidays:

January 1 New Year’s Day

Good Friday and Easter Monday (date varies)

Victoria Day (Third Monday in May)

Canada Day (July 1)

Civic Holiday (First Monday in August)

Labour Day (First Monday in September)

Thanksgiving (Second Monday in October)

Remembrance Day November 11

Christmas Day December 25

Boxing Day December 26

Airport

London International Airport

1750 Crumlin Road

London, ON N5V 3B6
(519) 452-4015

The London International Airport is serviced by a handful of airlines which primarily fly in connecting from Toronto or Detroit. The airport is on the fringe of the city, and is thus not serviced by the city bus service.

VIA Rail Canada

205 York Street

London, Ontario, N6A 1B3

519-672-5722 or 1-888-VIA RAIL (842-7245)

Rental Cars are readily available at the airport.

Greyhound Canada provides bus service.

Getting Around

The London Transit Commission operates buses within the city.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Belmont Corn Maze

803 Willsie Bourne Road

London, Ontario, N0L 1B0

This 8 acre corn maze has over 4 km of twists and turns which will surely entertain children and adults of all ages. Picnic tables and benches are provided so you and sit back and have a rest in between the 1st and 2nd part of the maze. After a trip through the maze, walk toward the “Seeds of Knowledge” area where educational posters and other items about corn are displayed.

Double Decker Bus Tours
391 Wellington Street

London, Ontario N6A 1H2

519-661-5000

Tours begin June 28th until
September 6th at 10am.
Tours are 2 hours in length and depart and return from 391 Wellington Street at Dundas. There will be one stop at Storybook Gardens which will be approximately 20 minutes (included in the admission fee).

East Park/Intencity & Wally World

1275 Hamilton Road East

London, Ontario, N5W 1B1

A fun spot for kids of all ages that is now open year round. East Park is located on 100 acres of parkland and offers the Wally World water park, go-karts, batting cages and picnic grounds, as well as an 18-hole golf course, minature golf, and a driving range. Open April through October weather permitting.
In July, 2000 East Park opened. Intencity, it’s new Year-round Indoor entertainment and educational centre featuring a 40’ high rock climbing area, bumper cars, kid’s jungle gym, video games and a restaurant.

Fanshawe Pioneer Village

1424 Clarke Road

London, Ontario, N5X 4A1

A living history museum that specializes in fun for children of all ages. Experience London’s past and see weavers, printmakers, blacksmiths, and farmers demonstrate their trades of the past. See farm animals, more than 25 restored buildings and many artifacts of bygone days.

Good Time Music Hall, The

Labatt Breweries Tour

150 Simcoe St

London, Ontario, N6A 4M3

It was on this same location more than 150 years ago that John Kinder Labatt started brewing beer. It was the beginning of a Canadian company success story so impressive that today the name Labatt is synonymous with great tasting beer. Since the company’s founding, the Labatt Brewing Company has become an internationally renowned brewer. In 1847, Labatt produced about a 1,000 bottles of beer a year. Tours include a Labatt video, a guided tour of the production facilities, taste sampling, question and answer period, and free souvenirs. Today, Labatt is part of Belgium-based Interbrew S.A., forming the one of the largest brewing group in the world with more than 110 countries worldwide.

Banting House National Historical Site

442 Adelaide Street North London ON N6B 3H8

519 673-175

Dr. Sir Frederick G. Banting was the co-discoverer of insulin, as well as a distinguished war hero and a Nobel Prize Laureate. The exhibits at the Banting House outline his contribution to the discovery of insulin, his war efforts, many of his paintings and his visit by the Queen Mother.

Guy Lombardo Music Centre and Museum

205 Wonderland Road South London ON N6K 3T3

519 473-9003

The Guy Lombardo Music Centre, established in 1984, houses artifacts and memorabilia relating to Lombardo and his band the Royal Canadians. Among the memorabilia found here is one of Lombardo’s original recordings, as well as his famous speedboat the ‘Tempo 7’.

Laser Quest

149 Carling Street

London, Ontario, N6A 1H5

Laser Quest is live action laser tag at its best! The game is tag, hide and seek, cops and robbers, capture the flag and Buck Rogers all rolled into one, enhanced with modern technology.

Lickety Split Ranch

1292 Scotland Drive

London, Ontario, N6N 1L2

A family owned and operated zoo featuring jungle cats, monkeys and much more. Approx. 40-50 species of animals (including birds) to view. Play ground, picnic area. Come & bring a friend.
Open May 24 weekend until Labour Day

London Museum of Archaeology and Lawson Prehistoric Village .

1600 Attawandaron Road London ON N6G 3M6

519 473-1360

This unique museum focuses on studying and interpreting the past 11,000 years of human life in Southwestern Ontario. Guided tours are available. Next door to the museum is a reconstructed Iroquoian village that is open during the summer months, visitors can observe archaeological excavations and ask the experts questions.

London Regional Art and Historical Museums

421 Ridout Street North London ON N6A 5H4

519 672-4580

The London Regional Art and Historical Museums provide visitors to the city with a unique blend of both history and culture in one location. The museum is home to a collection of artifacts, as well as historical and contemporary art. Visitors will also enjoy London’s oldest mansion, the Eldon House, which has been well preserved and still contains many of its original furnishings.

London Regional Children’s Museum

21 Wharncliffe Road South

London Ontario N6J 4G5

519 434-5726

At the London Regional Children’s Museum, there are three flors of hands-on, interactive experiences designed especially for children from infants to 12 years of age. Children are encouraged to learn about their favorite subjects through activities and play in the 9 galleries. Little ones can dig for dinosaur bones, crawl through caves, travel to the stars, run their own McDonalds and more. Themes are Dinosaur; Street Where You Live; Arctic Adventure; Science in Your World; My lace in Space; Child Long Ago; and Caves.

Museum London

421 Ridout Street North

London, Ontario, N6A 5H4

Special events focused on the visual and performing arts.

Beautiful parks and pathways and great sports facilities exist in the Forest City. Family entertainment takes many forms from the lively new Covent Garden Market in the heart of the downtown to the ever-popular Storybook Gardens in Springbank Park. If you are there during the summer months, your visit would not be complete without a Double Decker Bus tour.

Royal Canadian Regiment Museum

750 Elizabeth Street London Ontario Canada N5Y 4T7

This museum celebrates the achievements of Canada’s oldest regular infantry. The museum has four main areas: The Centennial Room, the War Memorial Room, A Library and Quiet Room for reflection and prayer.

Ska-Nah-Doht Iroquoian Village & Museum

8449 Irish Drive

Mount Brydges, Ontario, N0L 1W0

Ska-Nah-Doht, a recreated Iroquoian village of 1,000 years ago, is located in the beautiful surroundings of Longwoods Road Conservation area and is owned and operated by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority. The name Ska-Nah-Doht is from the Oneida language meaning “a village stands again”. Although not built on an actual site, the village is based on data collected by archaeologists and from the traditions passed down to today’s Iroquoian people.

Explore the village with its 18 outdoor exhibits. Find your way through the palisade maze. Then enter a longhouse and imagine cooking supper in a clay pot over a roaring fire. Pretend to grind corn into flour in a wooden mortar and pestles. The village is wheelchair accessible, weather permitting. The Museum, located in the Longwoods Resource Centre, offers hands-on exhibits of Iroquoian culture and displays of artifacts from the archaeological collection.

Storybook Gardens

Springbank Park

London, Ontario

Located in Springbank Park, this theme park has enchanted children with its animals, displays and playground equipment since its opening in 1958.

Wally World at East Park

1275 Hamilton Road East

London, Ontario, N5W 1B1

519-451-2950

East Park has purchased the heart of Wally World with the acquisition of Wally World’s 55′ high 5 slide tower and the wave pool generating equipment.
The 5-slide tower features 2 body flumes, 2 extreme speed slides and a tube ride. Wally World at East Park will compliment the existing seasonal and year-round attractions at East Park.
In addition to an 18 hole executive golf course, East Park features a driving range, 36 holes of mini-golf, batting cages, waterslides, go-karts and a year-round indoor facility featuring rock climbing, bumper cars, video games and a kid’s jungle gym.

Western Fair – IMAX Theatre

900 King Street

London, Ontario, N5W 5K3

Western Fair Racetrack Slots

900 King Street

London, Ontario, N5W 5K3

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Adventures on Wonderland

3198 Wonderland Road South

London, Ontario, N6L 1A1

London’s Largest Indoor Playground for children 13 years & under.
Complete with a Four Level Jungle Climb, Laser Tag Adventure, Wee One’s Underwater Play World, Karaoke Sing-A-Long Stage and Video & Redemptions Games.

East Park/Intencity & Wally World

1275 Hamilton Road East

London, Ontario, N5W 1B1

Fanshawe Pioneer Village

1424 Clarke Road

London, Ontario, N5X 4A1

A living history museum that specializes in fun for children of all ages. Experience London’s past and see weavers, printmakers, blacksmiths, and farmers demonstrate their trades of the past. See farm animals, more than 25 restored buildings and many artifacts of yester-year.

London Regional Children’s Museum

21 Wharncliffe Road South

London, Ontario, N6J 4G5

A museum where you can touch, play, make noise and have a great time. A museum where you can dig for dinosaur bones, crawl through caves, run your own McDonalds, travel to the stars, and travel back in time. A museum where learning is an adventure.

Ska-Nah-Doht Iroquoian Village & Museum

Longwoods Road Conservation Area

Mount Brydges, Ontario, N0L 1W0

a recreated Iroquoian village of 1,000 years ago, is located in the beautiful surroundings of Longwoods Road Conservation area and is owned and operated by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority. The name Ska-Nah-Doht is from the Oneida language meaning “a village stands again”. Although not built on an actual site, the village is based on data collected by archaeologists and from the traditions passed down to today’s Iroquoian people.

Explore the village with its 18 outdoor exhibits. Find your way through the palisade maze. Then enter a longhouse and imagine cooking supper in a clay pot over a roaring fire. Pretend to grind corn into flour in a wooden mortar and pestles. The village is wheelchair accessible, weather permitting. The Museum, located in the Longwoods Resource Centre, offers hands-on exhibits of Iroquoian culture and displays of artifacts from the archaeological collection.

London Museum of Archaeology

1600 Attawandaron Road

London, Ontario, N6G 3M6

The London Museum of Archaeology is a unique Canadian museum devoted to the study, display, and interpretation of the human occupation of Southwestern Ontario over the past 11,000 years. The Museum is located beside the Lawson Prehistoric Indian Village, a site occupied by the Neutral Iroquois in the 15th century A.D.

Laser Quest

149 Carling Street

London, Ontario, N6A 1H5

Laser Quest is live action laser tag at its best! The game is tag, hide and seek, cops and robbers, capture the flag and Buck Rogers all rolled into one, enhanced with modern technology.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Annual Events

New Year’s Day Levee

January 1: Eldon House

Saturday, January 1, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Welcome the New Year at a traditional New Year’s Day Levee. Exchange greetings and gather with friends for refreshments in the Interpretive Centre. Admission by donation.

Contact: 519-661-5169

Snowfest International

Late January

Snowfest International takes place at various downtown locations. Call 633-9224

London Golf & Travel Expo

Mid-February

Annual London Golf & Travel Expo takes place February 11 – 13 at the Western Fair Event Centre. Show hours are: Friday from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The Fanshawe Sugar Bush

Throughout March

The Fanshawe Sugar Bush takes place on weekends throughout March and during March Break. Call 461-1073 for hours of operation and additional information.

Late March

Annual London Orchid Society Show

Show takes place Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Agri-Plex, Western Fairgrounds (900 King Street). Call 434-6831 for additional information.

Late July, early August

London Air Show and Balloon Festival

Held at London Airport. More than 75,000 attend this event at which dozens of beautifully covered hot air balloons fill the air.

Late July, early August

Best Ribs at the London Rib Fest (same weekend as the Balloon Festival)

Late Fall

Experience the hilarity of the Canadian Comedy Awards Festival at various downtown venues.

Mid-Late September

Western Agricultural Fair

Western Fair Event Centre

316 Rectory St
London, Ontario
N5Y5P8

800-619-4629 or 519-438-7203

London’s Major event: The Annual Western Agricultural Fair. The annual Western Fair runs for 10 days in September with a special children’s midway, top name performers at the Grandstand, home arts and agricultural and horticultural competitions. Over 300,000 attend.

Winter Wonderland

November 26 – January 3

Winter Wonderland takes place in Victoria Park from November 26 – January 3. The Lighting of the Lights takes place November 26 at 6:00 pm. The City Hall Promenade Deck will be open for viewing the park from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm on the following dates: November 26-28, 30, December 2-5, 7-12, 14, 16-19, 21-24, 27-30. Although the lights will remain on until 11:00 pm on January 3, the promenade deck will only be open until December 30. Please call 661-5230 for additional information.

December and January

Victorian Christmas at Eldon House

Early December – January 2: Eldon House

The Garden Club of London and Eldon House staff create the sights and smells of an old-fashioned Christmas in which the house is festooned with decorations of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Contact: 519-661-5169

Mid-December

Children’s Christmas Parties at Eldon House

December 11 – December 12: Eldon House

Saturday, December 11, Sunday, December 12, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Hour-long parties for children 10 years old and younger. Stories, entertainment, treats and all the Christmas highlights of Eldon House bring the season alive for youngsters. Pick up your tickets at Museum London or Eldon House.

Unique Gifts for the Festive Season

Throughout December: Inuit Gallery

To celebrate each Festive Season many unique gift items from $20 are brought into the gallery. Contact: 519-672-7770

New Year’s Eve Party

December 31: Tourism London Aeolian Hall presents its New Year’s Eve Party. Event takes place from 9 pm – 3 am. Call the Palace Theatre Box Office at 432-1029