Fun Things to Do in London Area During COVID-19 Ontario Reopening Phase

As London is officially in Stage 3 of the reopening plan, we can now enjoy various attractions and parks in and around London. Please keep in mind that social distancing protocols are still in effect.

Mandatory Face Coverings By-Law – All residents are required to wear a mask or face covering in all enclosed publicly-accessible spaces in London.

Here is a list of activities to enjoy in the London Area.

1. Visit Attractions

Get your tickets toAirshow London on September 12 – 13, 2020 (Drive-in event)

  • Master rope courses in the sky at the Treetop Adventure Parkat Boler Mountain. Spend an afternoon of fun enjoying Tarzan swings, rope courses pirate nets, and more. Do note that the Big Zip is not open currently.
  • 1 hour animal barn visits and splash pad fun can be enjoyed at Clovermead Adventure Farm.
  • Now for some Berry good news! Pick-your-own berry season is on at Kustermans! Head over to enjoy delicious blueberries and raspberries.
  • Enjoy acres of family fun and farm-fresh food at the Kusterman’s Adventure Farm.
  • Walk into another time at London’s oldest residence, the Eldon House. Self-guided tours at the Museum will get you acquainted with the Harris family who lived in this historic home. See priceless treasures, heirlooms, and furnishings. The grounds here are one of the most beautiful spaces in the city and features a 19th-century style garden.
  • London’s favourite East Park is open for action. With go-karts, golf courses, and more safe fun activities, the whole family is sure to have a wonderful time. Please note that the water park is closed.
  • Visit Brant-Brantford Twin Valley Zoo. Brant-Brantford Twin Valley Zoo is a 25 acre, family-run, wildlife park and is located about one hour from downtown London.
  • Enjoy 9 km of drive through Game Reserves that takes approximately one hour to complete and see lions, giraffe, cheetah, rhinos, and over 1,000 other exotic birds and animals up close at African Lion Safari. Located about 90 minutes from downtown London.
  • Celebrating the many diverse communities of Stratford and Perth County is the Stratford Perth Museum. Visit the museum to view its permanent and temporary exhibits.
  • The Fanshawe Pioneer Village will reopen starting July 11th. Let the past come alive.
  • Museum of Ontario Archaeology is open for pre-booked, guided tours of their galleries and the Lawson archaeological site.
  • Discover art, history and more at Museum London.
  • London Children’s Museum is open to the public on August 26 with reduced hours and timed entry.

2. Enjoy Nature Parks & Areas

  • There are many hidden gems in the city of London including beautiful forests, meadows, parks, and conservation areas that draw visitors out to experience nature. Explore London’s best trails to enjoy a taste of nature or the wilderness.
  • Visit Provincial parks and conservation reserves. Take the opportunity to and enjoy nature in the area.
  • Ontario has some of the most exciting and scenic campgrounds in the country. Spend a night outside as Ontario is now allowing Backcountry & Crown Land Camping.
  • Spend time at the beaches near London. With many lakes around, there are many beaches within a short drive from the city. Most of these beaches are great swimming spots. Popular spots include the beaches at Grand Bend and Port Stanley. Don’t forget to adhere to social distancing protocols.
  • National Parks and Historic Sites are open.
  • The City of London has many gorgeous green parks and pathways to enable its residents to connect with nature and relax from the hustle of city life. Some park washrooms have reopened. Make use of the ‘Bike Routes and Walking Trails’ layer on the City Map to find less frequented public spaces.
  • One of London’s best space is the Thames Valley Parkway. With scenic river crossings and accessible multi-use pathways, this scenic park is a great place to walk, run, relax, or even rollerblade.
  • Go on a unique ‘walking tour’ of tree carvings along the Tree Trunk Tour. London’s reputation as the ‘Forest City’ can be see on this tour where the sculptures created can be viewed on the public streets.

3. Go Fishing

You can cast a line and reel in that big catch at Ontario Provincial Parks. However, please obey any fishing location restrictions in the park as well as all public health guidelines on group sizes and physical distancing.

4. Go Boating

Enjoy canoeing & kayaking in ponds, lakes & rivers as Ontario Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches are open for recreational use. Canoes can be rented from Avon Boat rentals.

5. Play Sports

  • Ontario Golf Courses are open. Book a tee time to enjoy golfing at Fanshawe Golf Course and Thames Valley Golf Course.
  • Outdoor sports fields and baseball diamonds, Skate parks, Basketball courts, Tennis and pickleball courts, Disc golf are open
  • Benches, picnic tables and park shelters are open for public use – As these amenities are not sanitized, residents should wash or sanitize their hands thoroughly after use.
  • Go cycling and explore the beautiful areas in London.
  • Park amenities including outdoor sports fields and baseball diamonds, skate parks, basketball courts, disk golf, tennis and pickleball courts, golf courses, off-leash dog parks, spray pads and some park washrooms are now open.
  • London is a cycle-friendly city with many paths to choose from. Explore neighbourhoods and historic parts of the city on these paths.
  • Park playgrounds are open for use. However, they are unsupervised and amenities are not sanitized.
  • Head to Boler Mountian to enjoy mountain biking. With trails that cater to all levels and difficulty, these Mountain Bike Centre offers some of the best terrain in the province.
  • Splash pads, and select outdoor and indoor pools are open.

6. Watch a Movie

Drive-in Theatresare open. Watch a movie under the stars!

  • Mustang Drive-in, 2551 Wilton Grove Road, London

7. Enjoy a Quarantine Concert

There are many free concerts live-streamed every weekend. Check them out.

8. Enjoy Live Theatre from around the World

With COVID-19 pandemic forcing theatres to shut their doors, many performing art centres have taken to being open virtually.

9. Explore Canada or the World From Home

Explore Canada’s arctic, Winnipeg, National Parks and many more places from Home. Travel to international or outer space destinations like the international space station, discover Egypt’s Heritage Sites from tombs to monasteries or take a trip on scenic trains in Europe virtually.

10. Enjoy in Person Events

Seasonal Pop-up Shop
30 Sep

All through the House, Hungerford Road, Cambridge

September 30, 2020 To December 20, 2020

+1 519-658-5985

Free

Since most of our shows have cancelled or gone to virtual shows, we’re opening up a Pop-up shop! Come find your locally handmade Home Decor: angels, ...  »

Old Post Office Light Show
05 Nov

Old Post Office, 12 Water Street South, Cambridge, ON

November 5, 2020 To December 27, 2020

519.621.0460

Free

Enjoy a Christmas/Holiday themed light show. The Old Post Office has featured an impressive display of lights, illuminating the building on select evenings. Commissioned by the ...  »

Brae Ridge Alpacas Private Tour and Visit
10 Nov

Brae Ridge Farm & Sanctuary, 7667 Maltby Road East, Puslinch

November 10, 2020 To March 31, 2021

2269244065

$60

In this exclusive private tour for up to 4 guests, you will get close and personal to Champion alpacas as you walk through their paddocks and home. Hand ...  »

Annual Juried Show & Sale 2020
13 Nov

Online and In-person

November 13, 2020 To December 20, 2020

Free

Art$Pay has teamed up with Farwell4Hire for a two-part exhibition to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis! This joint fundraising effort also directly supports local artists ...  »

Gift of Lights
14 Nov

Bingemans, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener

November 14, 2020 To January 3, 2021

Single vehicle $15 - $20.35+tax5

Gift of Lights is a family-friendly drive-thru holiday light display with two tunnels and over 300 animated and static light displays! Enjoy this holiday spectacle from inside the ...  »

Christmas at the Castle
21 Nov

Castle Kilbride, 60 Snyder's Road West, Baden

November 21, 2020 To January 3, 2021

519-634-8444

Regular admission

This is the best time of year to visit the 1877 home and marvel at the lavish décor adorned in festive attire.   »

Christmas in Cambridge Festival
23 Nov

Various Locations, Cambridge

November 23, 2020 To January 2, 2021

(519) 740-4681 ext 4277

Free

Cambridge will be illuminated with up to 20 light installations that will be placed around the City from Nov 23 to Jan 2. This new addition to the festival combines ...  »

HoHoHoliday 5K
25 Nov

Wherever You Are, Canada

November 25, 2020 To December 31, 2020

519-538-1630

$40-55

GRAB YOUR BUBBLE AND RUN! The HoHoHoliday 5K is the most festive FUN run in Canada! This 5km run/walk combines the magic of the Holidays with ...  »

Castle Glow Evening Tours
26 Nov

Castle Kilbride, 60 Snyder's Road West, Baden, ON N3A 1A1

November 26, 2020 To December 3, 2020

$10 - $15

Marvel at the glitz & glamour of a Victorian Christmas. A unique opportunity to tour the decorated Castle in the evening with your bubble of 5! Please keep ...  »

Wonders of Winter
28 Nov

Waterloo Park, 50 Young St W, Waterloo

November 28, 2020 To January 1, 2021

Free

Over 100 colourful and fun displays with over 100,000 light bulbs light up Waterloo Park from Opening Night through all of December until midnight on New Year’s Day.  »

Local Christmas market
28 Nov

Revive All LTD., 100 Sheldon Drive, Cambridge

November 28, 2020

FREE

Please join us for our local christmas market! Time slots are allocated for 30 people at a time. HOW MUCH Tickets: Free How to get tickets? Eventbrite   ...  »

Holiday Drone Shows
28 Nov

Bingemans, Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener

November 28, 2020 To December 26, 2020

+1 519-744-1555

$35 - $65

Enjoy holiday-themed shows from the comfort of your vehicle! Each show will have a unique, synchronized performance from up to 100 drones.   »

O Christmas Free - Gift of Lights
01 Dec

Bingemans, 425 Bingemans Centre Dr, Kitchener, ON N2B

December 1, 2020

$0.00 - $0.00

KidsAbility Centre for Child Development is excited to offer a new Oh Christmas Free event for clients and their families. This year, we will be hosting an ...  »

Lantern-Lit Stroll
04 Dec

Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Road, Kitchener

December 4, 2020 To December 12, 2020

$7.50 per person

Sip warm apple cider and enjoy the evening with a stroll in Doon Heritage Village, lit in its finest with over 100 lanterns. Experience this unique ambiance of ...  »

E-Waste Drop off
05 Dec

Waterloo Park West Gazebo, Waterloo

December 5, 2020

(226) 388-0316

FREE; Register

Drop off your electronic waste (e-waste) to be recycled or refurbished and donated to families and nonprofits in need across Canada. This event is hosted in collaboration ...  »

Country Christmas
06 Dec

Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Road, Kitchener, Waterloo

December 6, 2020 To December 20, 2020

519-748-1914

Regular admission

T Country Christmas returns this December! Appreciate the afternoon outside and experience a 1914 Christmas in Doon Heritage Village. Sip warm apple cider while taking a walk down ...  »

Winter Tea Time by the Grand
06 Dec

McDougall Cottage Historic Site, 89 Grand Avenue South, Cambridge

December 6, 2020

$15 + HST

Are you missing McDougall Cottage’s ever-popular teas? Well don’t fret, we will be offering Teas by the Grand at the cozy little Cottage on November 8 ...  »

Wintry Candlelit Stroll
11 Dec

Schneider Haus National Historic Site, 466 Queen Street South, Kitchener

December 11, 2020 To December 12, 2020

$13.13

Enjoy a magical, candlelit evening outdoors at Schneider Haus. Explore the grounds by candlelight and discover our twinkling forest. Enjoy musical entertainment on our front porch, storytelling ...  »

Fergus Christmas Market
12 Dec

Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex, 550 Belsyde Avenue East, Fergus

December 12, 2020

Join us for some holiday shopping featuring the best handmade vendors at the Fergus Christmas Market. This market will shine a spotlight on handmade local love. Escape ...  »

Holiday Pops Radio Show Parts I & II
12 Dec

Online

December 12, 2020 To December 19, 2020

+1 519-973-1238

$100 for 12 concerts

The WSO celebrates the 100th anniversary of its home and Windsor’s heritage gem, The Capitol Theatre, as it recreates the old-time radio show, complete with sound ...  »

A Festive Night with FRIENDS
18 Dec

Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Road, Kitchener

December 18, 2020 To December 19, 2020

$15.00 per person plus HST

Enjoy the sights of a Christmas past as you wander through the village in its finest with over 100 lit lanterns. Twinkle all the way with us in ...  »

Guelph Sparkles in the Park
19 Dec

Riverside Park, 709 Woolwich St, Guelph

December 19, 2020 To December 31, 2020

Free

Enjoy beautiful decorations and lights converting Riverside Park into a winter wonderland. This wonderful annual celebration by the Rotary Club of Guelph is taking place as a ...  »

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