This riding is about 593 km from Parliament Hill as the crow flies, a journey of almost seven hours by car, eight hours by train and public transit and an-hour-and-a-half by plane.
The Thames River bisects this riding from east to west, and Dingman Creek forms a small part of this riding’s south-western border.
The London Transit Commission (LTC) provides public transportation.
London is nicknamed the “Forest City”, and one-sixth of the city’s land is open space — especially along its rivers.
A large portion of the Thames River is surrounded by parkland in this riding. Parks include Komoka Provincial Park, Springbank Park, Greenway Park, Greenway Off-Leash Dog Park, Thames Park, and Chelsea Green Park.
About 21.5% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the United Kingdom, Colombia, and the United States.
Arabic, Spanish, and Mandarin are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 2% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $47,816.
Storybook Gardens, built in 1958 as a city-owned park, revolves around children’s stories and fairy tales.
Boler Mountain, home of the London Ski Club since 1949, features ski hills, snowboarding, tubing, and mountain biking.
Part of Komoka Provincial Park lies in this riding. Visitors can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
London Health Sciences Centre is one of Canada’s largest acute-care teaching hospitals. Victoria Hospital, part of the complex, dates to 1838 when military barracks were at the site.
Saunders Secondary School has seen several NHL hockey players pass through its halls, including Brandon Prust, Chris Kelly, Rob Ramage, Josh Anderson, Dave Bolland, Bowie “Bo” Horvat, and Rob Schremp.
Over three-quarters of the area’s labour force is in the service sector. Health care and social assistance, retail trade, and educational services are the riding’s top sectors. Almost 15% of the workforce is in health care and social assistance; the riding is home to London Health Sciences Centre, one of Canada’s largest acute-care teaching hospitals.
Around 61% of the workforce has post-secondary education.
The Coves, a sub-watershed of the Thames River, hosts an annual clean-up day on Earth Day weekend. Community volunteers work on projects such as litter collection, planting trees, and erecting bird boxes.
The London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) has participated in the City of London’s Million Tree Challenge, a project to plant one million new trees across the city. By 2013, about 500 new trees had been planted at the LHSC and St. Joseph’s Hospital. As of July 2017, about 348,822 trees have been planted across the city.
London annexed the village of Byron in 1961, along with several other outlying communities.
The first man to be buried in Woodland Cemetery was Charles Dunn, a harness maker, on Dec. 5, 1879. Trolleys used to pass by the northern line of the cemetery, but the route has since become a popular jogging trail.