London is located in the heart of southwestern Ontario between two of the Great Lakes of North America, Huron and Erie. It is the eleventh-largest city in Canada with a population of approximately 384,000 people and is an ideal environment to live, work, and play. The overall flat nature of the area was caused by the retreat of glaciers during the last ice age, which also resulted in the formation of areas of marshland, kettle lakes, and highly productive agricultural farmland. Archeological evidence and oral history show that London has a long history of settlement dating back over 10,000 years. The Indigenous peoples who have called the region home for millennia include the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, and Lenni-Lenape Nations. European settlement of the area began in 1793, but the city was not formed until 1855. London experienced rapid growth after World War II and has continued to evolve and progress ever since.

The city has a humid continental climate with hot, humid summers and chilly winters with high snowfall. London is home to several hospitals and two post-secondary education institutions, including Western, which makes the city a regional centre for healthcare, education and research.

Situated at the confluence of the Thames River, London has adopted the nickname the “Forest City” due to the numerous parks and greenspaces found throughout the city. London also offers an active creative side that includes a range of museums showcasing regional art and historical artefacts, theatre, local markets, delicious eateries, and music festivals during the summer.

Transport to London

London is located in the heart of southwestern Ontario along Highway 401 and 402, providing easy regional connections with Toronto, Windsor, Sarnia and beyond. 

London International Airport (YXU) is the main gateway for domestic air travel. The airport is located 12 km from the meeting venue and 12 km from the city centre. Several transportation options are available in London, including public bus lines, licenced taxis, and Uber. London is also easily reached by VIA Rail train from anywhere along the Windsor to Montreal corridor, and through Greyhound bus lines. Both main stations are located in the city centre.

Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) is the main gateway for international air travel providing connecting flights between London, Ontario, and numerous cities across the world. Ground transport from Pearson Airport to London is available from a number of shuttle operators and can be booked in advance; the drive is approximately 2 hrs long.

Wellness

It is important to take breaks while attending the conference. If you want to get active, check out the resources below:

We hope you will enjoy your stay in this wonderful city!

COVID-19 Statement

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the London 2021 Local Organizing Committee is closely following updates from regional and national authorities, and planning accordingly for this fast-evolving situation. The health, safety, and well-being of all participants is our priority consideration in our decisions, and we will provide updates on this site as needed.

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