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

With the opening of outdoor spaces and attractions, there are now a number of safe outdoor activities that you can do in London. Here are a few of them.

Wear masks and maintain social distancing at all times. Provincial guidelines for gatherings must be observed.

 

Enjoy a Treetop Adventure

Book your tickets and head over to Boler Mountain to have a fun time zip lining! The Adventure Park will be open from Thursdays to Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm.

 

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Trek or Bike the Fanshawe Lake trail

Plan to enjoy the 20-km long Fanshawe Lake trail. Circling the Fanshawe Reservoir, the trail passes through mature forests, open meadows, as well as stretches of roadway.

For safe biking, it is recommended that you go clockwise on even-numbered days and counterclockwise on odd-numbered days (e.g. June 6 is clockwise; June 7 is counterclockwise).

It is recommended that anyone hiking or biking this trail should carry a copy of the Lake Trail guide. Wearing a helmet is mandatory for bikers. PDF Trail Map

See a Movie Outdoors

Ontario’s drive-in movie theatres are open for the season. Enjoy watching a movie with the family.

For more options see, Drive-In Theatres in Ontario

Beat the Heat

Beat the heat at Storybook Gardens’ On The Riverbank Splash Pad. Let your kids run around and get sprayed, splashed, and dumped on as they cool off from the summer heat.

Explore Komoka Provincial Park

Located along the scenic Thames River, the Komoka Provincial Park with its hills and valleys is a gorgeous outdoor space to enjoy. Hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, and horse riding are a few activities that can be enjoyed here. Do note that due to regulations, equipment rentals will not be provided.

Float on a Lazy River

It’s time to head outside and enjoy the waters. And if you haven’t tried tubing in calm waters, this is the time to do it! Rent tubes and prepare for a day of careless floating!

Climb an Apple Tree

Let the kids enjoy a day out at the Clovermead Adventure Farm! Whether it’s cooling off at the Splish Splashpad, getting lost in the cedar maze, or visiting the goats and chickens at the animal barn, Clovermead has activities for the whole family.

Explore Sharon’s Creek Conservation Area

Escape to Sharon’s Creek Conservation Area on a cold winter day. This natural landscape is enjoyed by visitors in winter for its scenic beauty, hiking trails, and birding opportunities.

Enjoy a Walk

There are many places in London to enjoy a walk. Victoria Park is a great place to spend a few hours in any season.

Provincial Parks Beckons

Enjoy the great outdoors! Ontario Provincial Parks are great places to spend time. To make things even better, Ontarians can now enjoy free weekday (Mondays through Thursdays) vehicle permits from May 1st to September 2nd at all provincial parks. Don’t forget to get your free day-use permit!

For more information see our article, Reserve Your Visit in Advance to Popular Ontario Parks, All Parks Are Free to Visit Four Days a Week This Summer

Go Biking

Mountain Biking is a great way to enjoy the thrill of speed and work out a sweat! The mountain bike trails at Boler Mountain are open from Thursdays to Sundays from 9 am to 8 pm.

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Make the Most of the season

Great food, live entertainment, and local vendors liven things up at the Queen’s Park on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. From ice creams to handmade soaps, you can find a number of great things on offer by local businesses at this outdoor market. Yoga and Paint Nights, live DJs and Bands, you can enjoy it all here. So come on down to Queen’s Park, spread out a picnic blanket, and Park it at the Market!

 

Enjoy a Play Outside

Have you booked your tickets to the New Works Festival? This open-air theatre plays from July 6 to September 26 in the backyard lawns of The Bruce Hotel. The festival will premiere 8 one-act plays and a reading series. Book an overnight stay at The Bruce, try their handcrafted cocktails and seasonal fare, and make it the very best Theatre Staycation!

Shop at Covent Garden Market

Downtown London’s Covent Garden Market is one of the largest market space in the region. The market has a wide variety of vendors and farmers who sell fresh produce, wares, or goods. Why not head there today and shop for tonight’s dinner?

Explore Yarmouth Natural Heritage Area

Explore this natural area of Carolinian forest on a hike. Get free interpretive guides from the CCCA office on Springwater Road and set off!

 

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Enjoy a Run

With the changing season, it’s time to get out and enjoy the warmth of the sun! There are many trails that you can check out. Thames Valley Trail with its well-marked route runs from Delaware to St. Mary’s.

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Spend a Day of Fun Activities

London’s favourite playground, the East Park has many activities to enjoy from golf, a driving range, mini-golf, batting cages in addition to go-karting. Book your tickets and enjoy a wonderful day of fun.

 

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Book a Tee Time

Golf courses in the City of London are open. Book a tee time to enjoy golfing at Fanshawe Golf Course and Thames Valley Golf Course.

 

A Night of Stargazing

Watch the stars and wonder at the celestial splendor. Stargazing is not fun as well as relaxing. Lie back in your own backyard or in a dark sky area near you and take in the awe-inspiring star-filled night sky.

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Visit the Pioneer Village

Spend a day in the 19th century at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. As the village is slowly reopening you can enjoy the spaces by viewing them through half-doors. Interpretation and demonstrations will continue to take place outside. Details

 

Hunt for Geocaches

Explore the many geocaches located throughout the city. This family-friendly activity uses a mobile app or a GPS device. Check out the trails where you can enjoy Geocaching Trails.

Explore the Forest

There are many art installations, murals, and graffiti located throughout the city. The new vibrant mural located on the side of Hamilton Road’s Neighbourhood Laundromat Café is worth a visit.

 

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Tour an Outdoor Art Gallery

See over 20 distinctive artistically carved pieces located along Hamilton Road. Each of these pieces has a unique story, history, and charm. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of this unique outdoor art gallery.

Trek Kains Woods

 
A trip to Kains Woods is a favourite activity for many families. The tranquil trails follow the Thames River and offer beautiful views of the river and its valley. PDF Map

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Visit an Adventure Farm

Enjoy acres of family fun and farm-fresh food at the Kusterman’s Adventure Farm. With activities like play tractors, sandhills, and zip lines, you can be sure your kids will have a great time here.

 

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Experience Nature Walks

Experience and get to know nature! There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore and enjoy nature in London.

It’s Food Truck Season

Enjoy great food on the go at these local food trucks with their unique menus and clever designs. Check their social media pages for updates on hours and locations.

Enjoy Fishing

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.

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