London and Southwestern Ontario

The University of Western Ontario



London, Canada, a city of about 350,000 inhabitants is located in southwestern Ontario, exactly half-way between Toronto and Detroit -- the distance being 200km in either direction. In London's centre two branches of the Thames join to become the Thames River -- in contrast to the River Thames in England --, which sends it waters into Lake St. Clair on the Detroit river about half-way between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. A city map is available at

London is at about 43 degrees north and 81 degrees west, that is, only slightly north of Rome in Italy. Sommers tend to be quite warm; winters are moderately cold. You should not expect to be skiing or to find igloos in southwestern Ontario in July; instead, temperatures above 30 Celsius, 86 F, are quite normal. The daily weather report is available from

London is the home of many branches of industry, the University of Western Ontario, a community college and many arts institutions. Located in the centre of southwestern Ontario, London is a good starting point for excursions into the Niagara peninsula.

Brief History

London was founded in 1793. Various aspects of the history of the forest city -- as London is known -- are explained at and at

Tour of the City

London's centre is at the crossing of Dundas and Richmond streets. From there it is only a few steps to Victoria Park, to the Grand Theatre, to City Hall, the old Court House, the Art Gallery, the forks of the Thames. Most busses will stop at this corner. Items that might be of interest include: Further information can be obtained from the following links:,, and Maps are available at some of these sites as well as at Some pictures can be found at


A list of restaurants in the city is available using the following link:


A list of hotels and bed-and-breakfast places in the city is available using the following link:

How to Get to London

Getting to London by plane
Currently London (airport) has direct plane connections to several Canadian cities including Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Additional connections within Canada are likely to become available in the next few months. The Canadian connections are mainly served by AIR ONTARIO and CANADIAN; both are at present subsidiaries of AIR CANADA. In addition, London has air connecetions to Detroit and Pittsburgh by North West and US AIRWAYS or their partner airlines.

If you plan to arrive from outside Canada via another Canadian airport than London, you should check your luggage through to London; however, you will have to pick up your luggage at the first Canadian airport at which you arrive to take it through customs. Typically, when leaving the customs area you will find a booth at which to drop off your checked luggage again. If you are new to the airport ask the customs officer at the exit for directions regarding connecting flights.

The fare for flights into London is usually not much above that for flying into Toronto and then taking ground transportation to London. The limousine trip from Toronto airport to downtown London takes about 2 hours; the flight is about 30 minutes.

The only public transportation from London airport is provided by Checker Limousine. The limousines are normally waiting ouside the arrival area. The trip to downtown London costs currently about 25 $ (Canadian). The fee is not determined by a metre, but looked up in a map, and thus independent of travel delays.

If you arrive directly from outside Canada at London airport, customs and immigration is handled there.

There is a limousine service from Toronto and Detroit airports to London handled by the company Robert Q. The limousine will normally pick you up and drop you off at specific locations like its depot. For an additional fee you can buy home pick-up and home drop-off. You can make advance reservations with them or just walk to their desks at the airports. Advance reservations are recommended.

Getting to London by Train
London is on the routes which connect Toronto/New York and Detroit/Chicago. The trains are run by VIA RAIL and AMTRAK. Trains feeding into this system would, for instance, come from Ottawa, Montreal or Buffalo.
Getting to London by Bus
There are several bus companies with connections to London, in particular also Greyhound. In addition to local connections, these companies offer connections to all major cities in Canada and the US.
Getting to London by Car
Canadian tourism organizations distribute maps for free; similarly the CAA and AAA, the Canadian and American automobile associations, distribute maps and tourbooks for free to their members and members of similar associations, like the German ADAC. To get free service there one needs one's membership card.

The major highways by which London is reached include highways 401 (Toronto, Windsor, Detroit), 402 (London, Sarnia), 7 (Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, London), 2 (Toronto, Hamilton, London).

Car Rental
For car rental one needs a credit card in almost all cases. Car rental without one is practically impossible. For visitors from outside North America there may be special rates when the car is booked from the home location.
Getting to London by Ferry
If you plan to drive to London from the USA you may choose to take the ferry from Sandusky, Ohio, to Leamington or Kingsville, Ontario, across Lake Erie rather than driving around Lake Erie. In that case a stop-over on Pelee Island and a visit to the winery on the island may be of interest.

Getting around in London

If you like to walk you can spend hours exploring the parks along the branches of the Thames and in downtown. It is about a 30 minuutes walk from downtown to the university campus.

Alternatively you can take a bus of the LTC, the London Transport Commission. Several busses go directly and frequently into the university campus. Specifically, busses 6 (Richmond) and 2 (Dundas) connect the campus to downtown.

The bus fare is currently $ 2.25. One enters the bus at the driver's door and deposits the fare into a box. The driver will not have change and will not sell tickets. If you need to change to another bus you ask the driver for a transfer when you get on the first bus; you'll hand the transfer to the driver of the next bus; if required this driver can be asked for another transfer. Transfers are only valid for a certain period of time and cannot be used for return trips or trip interruptions.

There are also bus tickets which can be bought at certain stores. They are significantly cheaper. They are sold in multiples of 5 at $ 7.00 for five tickets. You would deposit the ticket into the fare box. The procedure for changing busses is the same as above. A list of stores selling bus tickets is available at


The University of Western Ontario, together with its affiliated colleges -- Brescia College,Huron College and Kings College -- has about 25,000 full-time students. Its faculties range from theology to engineering, from law to dentistry, from music to media studies.

How to Get to the University

If you are approaching London from the north (say highway 7) you should follow Richmond Street and turn right at the university gates.

If you are approaching London from the south (say highways 401 or 402) you should go north on Wellington Road to its very end, turn left and then right to follow Richmond Street and then turn left at the university gates.

By bus from downtown, you take either line 2 or 6 to the university. To get to Middlesex college follow these instructions:

  • Get off bus 6 right after it crosses the bridge over the Thames and walk up the hill on a small path through a wood (50 metres).
  • Get off bus 6 at the Western Science Centre (next stop after the one after the bridge) and walk 50 metres to Middlesex College.
  • Get off bus 2 at Alumni Hall and walk across part of the campus.
  • Get off bus 2 at the first stop after Alumni Hall (the bus usually waits a few minutes at Alumni Hall before continuing), cross diagonally and walk up the hill on a small path through a wood (50 metres).
  • Walking from downtown, you'd follow the paths along the Thames and then upon reaching the campus cross the bridge over the Thames and walk up the hill on a small path through a wood. This walk takes between 30 and 45 minutes.

    How to Get to the Conference Residence

    The conference residence is Delaware Hall, located on the campus of the University of Western Ontario.

    If you arrive at London International Airport, you can simply take a taxi to the Delaware Hall, the University of Western Ontario (UWO). The cost is about 20 Canadian dollar (Can).

    If you arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport, the most convenient way to get London is to take the airport limousine called Robert Q Airbus. The Robert Q counter is located on the first floor, called Ground Transportation. The current price is: One way ticket $42 (Can), return ticket $68 (Can). The Airbus stops at London Robert Q station. Taking a taxi from there to the University of Western Ontario is about $10 (Can).

    If you come to London by Train, you can take taxi from the VIA station to the UWO. The cost is about $10 (Can). It's also very convenient to take bus from the VIA station: walk about 200 meter from VIA station to Richmond street and take the Bus: Route #6. It directly goes to UWO Campus. The bus ticket is $2.25 (Can). No change.

    If you drive to London via Highway #401, there are several ways to get into London. If you come from the East, you may exit at Highbury Ave. (turn to right, North direction). When hit Oxford street, turn to left (West direction), and then to right (North direction) on Richmond street. Finally, you'll see the South Gate of the UWO on the University Dr. and turn to left. Go straightforward and pass one light, then turn to right at the second light. Then drive about 30 meters and the Delaware Hall building is located on the right side. If you approach London on Highway #401 from west, you may exit from Wellington road (turn to left, North direction), when hit York street turn to left (West direction). Then turn to right (North direction) on Richmond street. Then follow the same route described above.

    Reservation Form

    Please read this note first

    The form (in .pdf format) for the reservation is available here".

    More Information about the campus, housing, food service, etc. can be found here

    Parking on Campus

    Information is available at

    Campus Map

    A map of the university campus can be found at


    Southwestern Ontario -- the Niagara peninsula -- is the area bounded by Lake Ontario, the Niagara River, Lake Erie, the Detroit River and Lake Huron. The major cities on this peninsula include Toronto, London, Kitchener/Waterloo, Hamilton, Guelph, Windsor, Sarnia.

    For tourism information regarding Ontario visit
    For national parks in Ontario visit
    The places that might be of interest for conference visitors include: This list is far from being complete and will be expanded over the next few months. Some facts about Ontario can be found at