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    Winter Road Tripping in the Forest City

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    • Author Everett Hanmer
    • Date November 6, 2023
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      Music & Entertainment, Family Fun, Things To Do
  • The Forest City has plenty of options for the perfect winter road trip! No matter who you are hitting the road with or what type of action you're seeking, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for in London, Ontario!

     

    morning

    icy road surrounded by trees covered in frost and snow in London, Ontario
    Springbank Park • London, Ontario


    London’s many hiking and walking trails transform into a winter wonderland during the colder months. Bundle up and experience the great outdoors at your own pace in Medway Valley Heritage Forest, Westminster Ponds or Springbank Park. Each one offers a variety of different trails and the opportunity to spot some unique birds and other winter wildlife. 

     

    A family with 2 children walking up to a ski hill at Boler Mountain in London, Ontario, Canada
    Boler Mountain • London, Ontario


    If you’re looking for something at a faster pace, there are many outdoor thrill-seeking options to choose from. Boler Mountain is the ultimate one-stop shop for outdoor winter adventures, offering skiing and snowboarding for alpine enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. If skiing and snowboarding isn’t for you, then slide over to their tubing runs where you can hop on an inner tube and let gravity do the rest. Hold on tight as speeds can reach up to 70 km/hour! Their indoor chalet is a perfect place to warm up and watch all the outdoor excitement or grab a bite to eat. 
     

    Cross country skiing trail covered in snow on a bright sunny day at Circle R Ranch
    Circle R Ranch • London, Ontario


    Want to ski without the slopes? There are some awesome cross-country skiing opportunities at Circle R Ranch. Strap in and enjoy winter landscapes on their 13 km of groomed skiing trails. For adventurous sightseeing at a slower pace, there's snowshoeing available as well! 

    For those without equipment, both Boler Mountain and Circle R Ranch offer rentals.

    Want the thrill of the hills without the skis? Then tobogganing with your friends and family might be just the perfect activity for you!  London is a historic tobogganers haven with multiple parks throughout the city that are perfect for a high-speed sledding descent. Some of the best parks for tobogganing fun include Basil Grover Park and Doidge Park. 
     

    Fried Chicken sandwich sitting on a table from BTRMLK restaurant found in London, Ontario
    BTRMLK • London, Ontario


    After a morning of fun and adventure, you will have worked up quite an appetite for lunch! For a quick sandwich or burger on the go, head to BTRMLK or Burger Burger. Their savory sandwiches will have you licking your lips with each bite. If you’re looking for more of a traditional sit-down option, The Squire Pub & Grill and Los Lobos offer a variety of sandwiches, salads and tacos that will be sure to fuel you up for the afternoon ahead. 
     


     

    afternoon

    Family plays video games inside the Factory
    The Factory • London, Ontario


    Are you looking for some indoor fun for the kids? Visit one of London’s many indoor play areas like Play Away Indoor Park, The Factory or Funvilla. These indoor playgrounds have tons of fun options such as indoor jumping pillows, high ropes courses, wall climbing, huge play structures, virtual reality games, arcades and more! These will have the kids (and the kids at heart) bouncing off the walls with excitement!
     

    A father and son climbing a wall at Junction Climbing Centre
    Junction Climbing Centre • London, Ontario


    If you're looking to climb up the walls instead of bouncing off them, then Junction Climbing Centre is the place for you! This full-service rock-climbing centre is the largest in the city and is great for climbers of any experience level. From the moment you step inside, it’s wall-to-wall and floor to ceiling fun with climbing options. They have many automatic belay routes of varying difficulties where you can clip yourself in and head up as high as you dare. If you want to climb but stay a little closer to the ground, then try out their bouldering wall! No matter which type of climbing to do, Junction Climbing Centre will not leave you hanging when it comes to excitement. 
     

    Two women sharing a laugh during a round of mini put at The Clubhouse in 100 Kellogg Lane
    The Clubhouse • London, Ontario


    Do you wish that golf season didn’t have to end when the snow flies? In London it doesn’t! Pack your clubs, book your time slot and stay in the swing of things at one of the city’s indoor golf simulators at The Club House or Extreme Indoor Golf. Is indoor mini golf more of what you’re looking fore? The Club House also offers mini golf and Fleetway’s glow in the dark course makes for a unique and fun experience!
     

    Three people viewing artwork of flowers at Museum London in London, Ontario
    Museum London • London, Ontario


    If you are looking for something to do at a slower pace, spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful art and culture of Museum London. History buffs can go back in time and engage with the area’s local military history at The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum or at The Museum of Ontario Archaeology where you can get a glimpse into what Southwestern Ontario was like 13,000 years ago. All of these options will let you explore the art and history of London, while staying warm!
     

    Table top view  of two dishes and drinks at Abruzzi restuarant in London, Ontario
    Abruzzi Restorante • London, Ontario


    After a full afternoon, it’s time for dinner!  We encourage you to try some of London's delicious international options, like Massey's Fine Indian Cuisine or Dimi’s Greek House for a meal that will transport your tastebuds to a different country. If you’re in the mood for great pasta, head to Fellini Koolini’s or Abruzzi Ristorante for some authentic Italian eats. For more of an intimate atmosphere, try Old South Village Pub. Their cozy restaurant in the heart of Wortley Village is the perfect place to wind down the day. With an extensive menu of traditional favorites, they will have something for everyone, even the pickiest eater in your family!
     



    evening

    A young family laughing and enjoying skating at Victoria Park in London, Ontario
    Victoria Park • London, Ontario


    After dinner there is still plenty of time to keep the fun going! You can lace up your skates and visit one of London’s outdoor rinks for a beautiful nighttime atmosphere. Enjoy the lights in every direction as you skate in Victoria Park or take in the hustle and bustle of the downtown at Covent Garden Market’s Rotary Square rink. If you are looking for a family friendly skate, a 250-meter outdoor skating path winds through the play area at Storybook Gardens. Be sure to grab a hot chocolate and delicious pastry from their rink-side Beavertails concession stand! 
     

    Empty bowling lanes inside Palasad Socialbowl
    Palasad SocialBowl • London, Ontario


    If you’re looking to keep the excitement level up in the evening, then Palasad SocialBowl is where you need to go for the night. They have lots of fun indoor options like bowling, billiards, arcade games and escape rooms. If you work up an appetite, their restaurant has plenty of great options that make a great late night snack! 
     

    A couple taking a selfie on the balcony of Grand Theatre in London, Ontario
    Grand Theatre • London, Ontario


    Maybe a low-key evening out is more your style? We recommend taking in a show at the historic Grand Theatre. This downtown cultural centre has a full playbill of great shows running throughout the winter season. While you’re there, be sure to enjoy one of their giant chocolate chip cookies!
     



    These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg for a fun-filled road trip! Keep your hibernation plans on hold and tag us @TourismLondon as there are great experiences and activities all winter long in the Forest City. 

     

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