Downtown Orientation Walk, London

Similarly to its English “big brother”, Canadian London has its own St. Paul's Cathedral and Thames River. The city centre features an abundance of lush parks and greenways, including the prominent Victoria Park. Topping the list of the local museums is the Museum London, showcasing regional art and historical artifacts, while the Banting House is recognized worldwide as “The Birthplace of Insulin.” To explore these and other key attractions of London, Canada, follow this orientation walk.
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Downtown Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: Downtown Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Canada » London (See other walking tours in London)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Author: sabrina
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Victoria Park

1) Victoria Park

Victoria Park is an 18-acre park located in downtown London, Ontario, in Canada. It is one of the major centres of community events in London. Many annual events are held in Victoria Park. These include Sunfest, the Home County Folk Festival, The London Rib-Fest, The International Food Festival, LOLA and Fiesta del Sol. Since 2008 all events in Victoria Park are part of the Greening of the Festivals and required to have a waste management plan to eliminate unnecessary waste to landfill. This includes a suitable number of Eco-Stations (the place where attendees dispose of waste) and all food and beverage containers are required to be either recyclable or compostable. In the first year, these efforts led to an improvement from 5% waste diversion to a 50% waste diversion from landfill.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Saint Peter's Cathedral Basilica

2) Saint Peter's Cathedral Basilica (must see)

The origins of the foundation of Saint Peter’s Cathedral Basilica date back to 1834 when the parish was established here; it was known as Saint Lawrence. The old church burned down along with numerous other buildings in the London fire of 1845. In 1880 the city gained a fine example of a French Gothic Revival church designed by John Connolly. It has an ornate twin-tower façade and a richly decorated interior. In 1961 this Roman Catholic Church received the status of Basilica from Pope John XXII. Today Saint Peter’s Church is the seat of the Diocese of London.
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The Grand Theatre

3) The Grand Theatre

The Grand Theatre is a professional theatre located at 471 Richmond Street just south of Dufferin Avenue in London, Ontario, Canada. The Grand is an excellent example of the Proscenium Arch Theatre and is one of the more traditional forms of theatrical design. It was designed to send music and sound from the stage into the audience. Among the great actors who have performed under the magnificent proscenium arch of The Grand are: W.C. Fields, Sarah Bernhardt, Michael Redgrave, Donald O'Connor, Sidney Poitier, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Maggie Smith, Michael Burgess, William Hutt, Martha Henry, Karen Kain, Victor Garber, Sandra Oh, and Leonard Nimoy.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Saint Paul's Cathedral

4) Saint Paul's Cathedral (must see)

Saint Paul’s Cathedral is a beautiful terra cotta church, home of the Diocese of Huron – a division of the Anglican Church of Canada. It was built in 1845 in Gothic Revival architectural style by English architect William Thomas, who contributed to over twenty other buildings in Ontario. Originally the towers included six bells, but in 1901 another four were added and in 1935 they were recast into eleven. The oldest church in the city, St Paul’s Cathedral has an ornate interior decorated with carved wood frescoes and beautiful stained glass designs. The church has a large congregation with good traditions of Mass services and other religious events. The designated plaque installed in 2006 officially crowns the Cathedral as a Heritage Property of the City of London.
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Museum London

5) Museum London (must see)

Museum London is one of the most prominent art and history museums in the city. The museum hosts fine art collections of more than 5.000 works including photography, prints and contemporary sculptures made by local and national artists. Visitors can also explore over 25.000 important historical objects related to the rich past of the city.
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Convent Market

6) Convent Market

Convent Market offers a wide variety of specialty shops and services. You cand find here fresh fruits & vegetables, meats & cheeses.
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The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

7) The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Founded in 1994, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is a national organization that is working to support and appreciate national medical heroes through its excellent exhibitions, educational programs and induction ceremonies. A new exhibition hall was opened in 2003 on the main floor of the building and it features an extensive portrait collection of notable doctors, academics, scientists and others whose outstanding achievements and contributions have influenced the face of medicine and health care in Canada and in the whole world. Open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
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Dundas Street

8) Dundas Street

On Dundas Street you can experience the unique charm and ambiance of a small historic town, from the old buildings and quaint restaurants, specialty shops and food emporiums.
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Dundas Street Centre United Church

9) Dundas Street Centre United Church

Dundas Street Centre United Church is another beautiful Methodist church built in Romanesque architectural style at the end of the 19th century on the site of an old Gothic yellow-brick church. With the decorated tower and large dome, this impressive red-brick church is recognized as a designated historic site in London. The main highlights of the church’s interior include a tall organ with over 3,000 pipes, a unique semicircular balcony, carved wood frescoes and Victorian stained glass designs.
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Banting House

10) Banting House (must see)

Banting House, also known as “The Birthplace of Insulin”, is a museum and home to the London branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association. In this house the discovery of insulin took place by Sir Frederick Banting in 1920. He lived in this house for 10 months. The museum features exhibitions related to Banting life. Here visitors can see interesting displays of numerous medals, Banting’s Memorial Cross, a copy of his Nobel Prize and many other prominent artifacts. There is also an excellent collection of paintings made by Banting and presented to the public.

Walking Tours in London, Ontario

Create Your Own Walk in London

Create Your Own Walk in London

Creating your own self-guided walk in London is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
London Places of Worship Tour

London Places of Worship Tour

London has numerous places of worship. The diversity of architectural styles and rich decorative features of the city’s churches and cathedrals continue to catch tourists’ eyes and give locals warm congregational communities. Take the following self-guided tour to visit London’s most prominent religious buildings.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
London Museums Walking Tour

London Museums Walking Tour

Named after London - the capital city of England, London is an exciting city for tourists in Canada. This city has numerous beautiful attractions, as well as several charming museums. London Regional Children’s Museum is a perfect spot for great family fun, while Royal Canadian Regiment Museum hosts impressive exhibitions of weapons, tanks and other thrilling military artifacts. The following walking tour will guide you to London’s most popular museums.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Cultural Walk in London

Cultural Walk in London

London is a beautiful city with a vibrant cultural life expressed in numerous private art galleries, theaters, centres and libraries. Most of the galleries offer a broad outlook of local culture through its intriguing displays. Take this walking tour to explore the most exciting cultural venues of the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in London for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best London has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as London, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.