London boasts a desirable quality of life - minimal commutes, affordable housing, low crime rates, excellent education and health care facilities. London offers an abundance of recreational and cultural opportunities. The city is home to Orchestra London, the Aeolian Hall, The Grand Theatre, the Budweiser Gardens, the Arts Project, Museum London and Centennial Hall to name a few, all of which offer a wide variety of music, theatre and art experiences throughout the year.
Additional amenities include:
11 indoor arenas
Skateboard facilities in four London parks
More than 40 private and public golf courses
Over 100 baseball diamonds, 48 soccer pitches and 31 tennis courts
The Canada Games Aquatic Centre - a world-class swimming and diving facility, host to top-level meets, including the 2001 Canada Summer Games
Storybook Gardens - a year-round family attraction with animals, displays and playground equipment including London's largest splash pad, a Pirates Island adventure area and a 250-metre artificial ice skating trail
Bicycle and multi-use pathways - the City supports bicycling as a recreational pastime or as an alternative means of transportation. Cycling routes consist of on and off street routes and multi-use pathways
Public parks and gardens:
Victoria Park is a 6-hectare (15-acre) park in the heart of the city's downtown with an estimated one million visitors annually, participating in festivals and special events. The Fork of the Thames includes park and pathway areas, water play activity for children and displays that provide a stroll-by history lesson on the city's first settlement. It consists of several, interconnected park areas including the Peace Garden, Ivey Park and Harris Park.
Springbank Park is 140-hectares (300 acres) of urban parkland offering everything from natural woodlands to formal garden vistas. Within its heart is Storybook Gardens - a popular family attraction.
Elmo W. Curtis Garden and Rayner Gardens are more popularly known as the Rose Gardens. Open year round, seasonal highlights of these gardens include early spring bulbs; roses in June; perennials from May to October; and annuals from June to September.
Housing Prices (Q4 2011)
Executive Detached 2-storey
Source: Royal LePage, Survey of Canadian Housing Prices - Fouth Quarter 2011