Guided outdoor tours reveal the city’s history and art
London, Ontario – Put on your walking shoes and join a knowledgeable tour guide on unique outdoor excursions that give you an in-depth understanding London and its origins.
The seven tours offered take groups through various downtown streets to discover unfamiliar monuments, public art and along trails uncovering the city’s history.
The free tours run on Saturdays throughout the summer from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon beginning July 18. Participants meet on the Museum’s front lawn. Walks proceed weather permitting.
Murals, July 18
Walk through the downtown streets and learn more about the murals that have been commissioned to adorn exterior walls of shops and restaurants, as well as those inside public buildings.
The River Walk, July 25
Explore the founding of London, learn about historic events such as the Great Flood, and discover nature, in this interactive walking tour around the Thames River.
From Castles to Cottages, August 1
This tour expounds on the architectural transformation of historical buildings in the downtown as a reflection of growing industry, during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Monuments and Memorials, August 8
This tour takes enthusiasts through the downtown core and into Victoria Park, where many statues and plaques have been erected to commemorate historical events.
Public Art, August 15
On this walk you will visit a selection of sculptures throughout the downtown core, and learn more about the artists who designed them and the organizations that commissioned them.
Forest City Modern, August 22
Hikers will learn about prominent local architects, their visionary clients, and the mid-century modern buildings in downtown London that characterized a sophisticated new post-war perspective.
Unsettling the Thames, August 29
Focusing on the lives of workers, this tour features stories about early settlement on the Forks of the Thames, from just prior to European contact through the nineteenth century.