Blog

The Best Family Day Activities in London

Family Day is a very new holiday. Ontarians celebrated the first Family Day in 2008, established by then-premier Dalton McGuinty, a promise from his 2007 campaign for re-election. It was proclaimed that the third Monday in February would be Family Day, a statutory holiday across the province.

Many other provinces have adopted this holiday as well, though some have given it different names – Louis Riel Day in Manitoba, Nova Scotia Heritage Day in Nova Scotia, and Islander Day in PEI.

Family Day celebrates the importance of families for people and communities. As such, there are many events and activities for you to do with your entire family, bringing multiple generations and limbs of the family tree together to have fun.

In London, there are a number of both indoor and outdoor Family Day events, depending on your tolerance of winter temperature and weather. All are exciting, engaging, and a fantastic way to spend the day with your family!

INDOOR

Educational and Fun Activities at the
London Children’s Museum

Neighbourhood: Downtown London
21 Wharncliffe Rd. S (map)
https://www.londonchildrensmuseum.ca/
Facebook icon transparentinstagram icon transparent

The Best Family Day Activities in London - Children's Museum

Celebrate togetherness, have fun, and get educated all in the same place! This Family Day, the Children’s Museum is inviting families of Londoners to explore, play games, make art, and learn!

There are a number of activities throughout the museum to enjoy, from the Early Years play space for the smallest ones in the family to the “I Wonder” station for the most curious!

All day, you can partake in supersized games. Massive versions of the childhood games you love are free to play in the museum. Try not to topple a giant Jenga tower and satisfy your enormous appetite in a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos where you are the hippo! It’s an absolute riot!

Feeling artistic? From 10:30 to 4, you can get creative in the Collaborative Art Lab. Create a masterpiece that captures everything you love about family!

The London Children’s Museum has so many things to do and explore this Family Day. If you’ve got kids that are full of curiosity and energy (which honestly sounds like every child I’ve ever met), this is the perfect place to take them!

Take a Tour of the
Eldon House

Neighbourhood: Downtown London
481 Ridout St. N (map)
https://eldonhouse.ca/
Facebook icon transparentinstagram icon transparenttwitter icon transparent

The Best Family Day Activities in London - Eldon House

The Eldon House is London’s oldest residence. Barely a single thing has changed since the nineteenth century. This historic site used to be the home of the Harris family, and still contains may family heirlooms, furnishings, and treasures that belonged to them. Explore their family history with your family!

Only on Family Day, the Amazing Corbin’s Grand Flea Circus will be performing in the drawing room of the Eldon House. Flea circuses were popular entertainment way back when the Harris family still lived with in the house. Well-trained “fleas” perform tricks and feats on a miniscule scale, which dazzled the folks of the nineteenth century and will dazzle your and yours this Family Day!

Just because your kids have the day off school doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be learning. Experience history first hand by strolling through the Eldon House this Family Day!

Play a Few Rounds of Bowling

The Best Family Day Activities in London - Bowling

Bowling is great for Family Day because you don’t have to be good to have fun. Your whole family can grab a lane and take part in a friendly competition.

It’s a fun, physical activity that requires little to no talent to enjoy, and since nobody in your family is probably a pro-bowler (unless you’ve got an uncle in a bowling league or something) you’re all on equal ground.

Whether you go with five or ten pin, you’re bound to have a good time chucking the ball down the lane. Try to beat your personal best score, or just do your best not to lose to your little cousin that uses bumpers.

For a full rundown on all of SKB’s favourite bowling alleys in London, check out our Best Bowling Alleys list!

Go See a Movie

The Best Family Day Activities in London - Movies

Going to see a movie in the theatre is a tried and true Family Day activity. Pile into a car and head to your theatre of choice to watch the newest blockbuster with the whole family!

Our personal recommendation for your whole family’s viewing entertainment is the Lego Movie: The Second Part. Released earlier this month, this follow-up to the smash hit Lego Movie is great for everyone of all ages. Appropriate and engaging for the kids while still being legitimately entertaining to adults, it’s a rare opportunity for the whole family to enjoy a movie-going experience.

There are two Cineplex theatres in the city if you want to cash in your Scene points – Silver City in Masonville and Cineplex Odeon Westmount, which also has a VIP (19+) cinema if your Family Day doesn’t include any children.

There’s also the Imagine Cinemas right in the heart of downtown. If you’ve got a bunch of family across London coming to the movie, the Imagine Cinemas has the perfect central location for everyone to meet at.

The Landmark Cinemas on Wellington have the comfiest seats of any theatre in the city. Their big, plush recliner seats make it a destination for many Londoners because there’s nothing worse than getting distracted from an awesome flick because you can’t get comfortable.

OUTDOOR

Make Maple Syrup at the
Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush

Neighbourhood: Thorndale
21201-C Lakeside Dr. (map)
http://home.primus.ca/~greaterlondonkinsmenclub/index.html
Facebook icon transparent

The Best Family Day Activities in London - Sugar Bush

Brave the cold on Family Day and head out to the Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush in Thorndale and you’re in for a fantastic, syrupy day. If you head out early and are one of the first fifty families to enter the sugar bush, you even get to tap your own tree!

After the trees are tapped, you get a demonstration of how the syrup is made, try some samples maybe. Combat the chill by sitting at a campfire and chowing down on a plateful of the famous hot pancakes dripping with their maple syrup.

For just $2 per person (or $10 for a car load), it’s one of the most financially friendly activities on top of being the tastiest. Fresh, real maple syrup is unlike anything else, especially if you tapped the tree yourself!

Ski, Snowboard, or Tube Down
Boler Mountain

Neighbourhood: Byron
689 Griffith St. (map)
https://www.bolermountain.com/
Facebook icon transparentinstagram icon transparenttwitter icon transparent

Best Winter Activities - Boler Mountain

Boler Mountain is one of our favourite winter destinations. We’ve detailed all of the fantastic things you can do at Boler Mountain in our Best Winter Activities list, and all of that remains true, plus some extra special Family Day activities.

With extended hours on the weekend of Family Day, you and your family can enjoy everything Boler has to offer for even longer!

Sunday night, there’s a tubing special. Tickets are required to be purchased in advance for this event, just as a heads up. So, if you want to go tubing from 6-9PM on Sunday, keep your eyes peeled for tickets on their website.

To finish off a long, happy Family Day of sliding down the snowy hills, there will be a firework display at 9PM on Monday. It’s a wonderful way to end the day.

Snowshoe around the
Ska-Nah-Doht Village & Museum

Neighbourhood: Mount Brydges
8348 Longwoods Rd. (map)
https://www.lowerthames-conservation.on.ca/
Facebook icon transparentinstagram icon transparent

The Best Family Day Activities in London - Ska-Nah-Doht Village

The Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum and the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority invite you to come out and strap on some snowshoes this Family Day (assuming the weather co-operates).

LTVCA staff will teach you everything you need to know about snowshoeing, from its history to a practical lesson! Then they’ll send you on your way down the woodland trails for a lovely winter hike.

Explore the Ska-Nah-Doht village, a recreation of a longhouse village from a millennium ago. There are 18 outdoor exhibits to explore. It’s physically active, fascinating, and educational!

Skate at one of the Awesome Rinks

Best Valentine's Day Date - Storybook Gardens

Skating is a great family activity. No matter if you or your kids are just learning, or you’re practically ice dancers, it can be a great experience for the entire family.

There are a bunch of really great spots to go skating this Family Day, both indoor and outdoor. We personally prefer outdoor – if you’re going to be cold, you might as well get some fresh air while you’re at it.

If you’re looking to skate for free, both Victoria Park and Covent Garden Market have quality rinks that cost nothing to skate on. These downtown spots are great because after your skate, there are so many options to warm back up. Perhaps a coffee or hot chocolate would do the trick.

Storybook Gardens is also a great spot for skating, plus they’ve got extras. They’ve always got the Beavertail stand up and running, offering warm, crispy fried pastry with a plethora of toppings to choose from. On Family Day, they’re also offering an all-day pancake breakfast served by a campfire! Plus, you can take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon around the park. There is an up-front cost to get into Storybook Gardens, but once you’re in, you’re guaranteed to have a wonderful time with your family. If you’ve never gone, check it out this Family Day!

London Squash Club

The London Squash & Fitness Club is the city of London’s premier destination for all things relating to the sport of squash. It features four international singles courts and a North American doubles court, as well as all of the amenities one expects from a world-class fitness facility. The London Squash Club is located in a beautiful part of downtown London, just south of Ann Street Park and east of the Thames River at 76 Albert Street.

 

London squash and fitness club

 

The story of squash in London, Ontario begins in September, 1966 when the London Squash & Fitness Club was established, with a focus on both squash and fitness and an organization that prides itself on being non-profit and member-owned. The building that the London Squash & Fitness Club is housed in began life as a family home, which is clearly visible from the street. Additions have been made to the original building, of course, but the façade of the club still resembles many large family homes in the area, especially with regard to the yellow brick that was at one point extremely popular for houses both in the country and in the city. It’s a unique look for fitness facilities in Ontario and brings a level of warmth and charm that is often lacking in such places. The additions have added a lot, of course; the fitness centre on the second floor and the club lounge with licensed bar are both additions after the fact, and the $500,000 worth of upgrades that were completed in 2011 made the London Squash & Fitness Club a top notch and modern athletic facility.

The London Squash & Fitness Club now boasts over 300 members, all of whom own a stake in the club. The club and it’s members pride themselves on offering a healthy competitive atmosphere for those who have been playing the sport for years, as well as an atmosphere of educational support for people who are new to the sport and looking to pick it up in order to stay fit and have fun in a social setting. The social setting is also a big part of the membership to the London Squash & Fitness Club; the lounge provides a great meeting place for members, and the activities that the club sponsors – including member ladders, tournaments, the city squash league, and social events – keep members fit andsocial. The yearly pinnacle of this is the Nash Cup, an official tournament sanctioned by both provincial and global squash authorities that brings some of the world’s top squash players to the London Squash & Fitness Club.

 

couple playing squash

 

What Is Squash?

What is squash, though? Squash is a racket-based game played by two players (called “singles squash”) or four players (called “doubles squash”). The squash court itself is a four-walled room (often times today the back wall will be glass). To play, players must use a racket to alternate hitting the ball onto the playable surfaces of the walls of the court. A racket is spun to determine the first serve, and then after that players have to hit the ball to the part of the wall above the service line, but below the out line. On the way back from the wall, the ball is allowed to hit the floor once before the player hits it back toward the wall. The ball can bounce off of the side and back walls as often as necessary, but the only once on the floor.

That seemsfairly straightforward, but it gets more complicated when you add in how to score points and keep track of who’s winning. There are three systems of scoring in squash, and which one you use depends on how you learned to play squash and how emotionally attached you get to specific scoring systems in small sports organizations. The following is a brief although certainly not exhaustive breakdown on each of these systems.

 

squash rackets and balls

 

The English system (also known as the Hand-In-Hand-Out system) is the one that the sport originally used when it was created. This is more like the tennis system, where if there server wins the rally they get a point, and if the returner wins a rally they get the advantage of serving in the next round (and thereby potentially being able to score). The first person to get to nine points wins the match. If the match is a nailbiter, however (tied 8-8), the first player who reached 8 gets to decide if 9 will be the winning point, or if the match will get played to 10. These two conditions are known, with typical English obscurity, as “set one” and “set two.”

The Point-A-Rally Scoring system (or PARS) gives the winner of a rally the point for the round no matter whether they’re the server or not. In this system the match point is 11, although the winner has to win by two full points so the game can in practice score quite high. The PARS system is the one used on both the men’s and women’s professional tours and in other types of “official” matches.

Finally there is the American Scoring system. American Scoring is virtually the same as the PARS system except the match point is 15. This isn’t used much, since a match to 15 points tends to be more of an endurance match than it is a good game of squash.

This was the same rationale behind the professional squash world’s adoption of the PARS system, as well. Under the English system, official matches could vary wildly in length; since the system tends to produce matches where players trade serving back and forth for a while before scoring a point. Thus it, too, became an endurance match. Switching to the PARS system allowed tour organizers to more accurately predict match length, and thus made it easier to schedule days. However, many players prefer the English system because it adds a psychological element to the game, whereby a player can tactically wear down their opponent by drawing out the length of the match. There is some controversy in the professional world over which scoring method is superior; the Professional Squash Association switched to PARS in 2004 and the World Squash Federation switched in 2009, but many player organizations claimed that the essence of the game is contained in the English system and that the PARS system destroys the strategic planning that many find essential to the sport.

 

old school squash game black and white

 

Who Comes Up With These Things?

Squash is an old game that is based on even older English games. The idea of using stringed rackets to hit a ball was something that came out of royal court tennis, which dates back to an even earlier set of sport in France in the 12thCentury that were played in the courtyards of medieval towns. It is also clearly descended from the English game of rackets. Rackets was first played as a way to kill time while serving time in one of London’s debtor prisons in the 17thCentury. All one needed was a wall, a ball, and a racket, so it became a popular casual game in a place where that might be all you have. Prisoners released after working off their debt brought the game out into the wider world, and by the late 1700s it was a popular pastime in the alleys behind bars and in school yards.

Squash, in the modern sense, was first played around 1830 by students at Harrow School in London, England, one of London’s elite boarding schools. It became a choice pastime first as a more adventurous sport played anywhere, which led to some rather dangerous situations involving water pipes, chimneys, and ledges. Eventually the school stepped in and built four courts specifically for playing squash and provided natural rubber balls for play. The sport’s ‘play-anywhere’ aspect had an effect on the racket design, though; because so many of the spaces the sport was originally played were in cramped areas, the rackets had to be redesigned to have a shorter reach. It was no good to have to play so close to your opponent that your rackets tangled up, so a shorter, more efficient racket was desired.

From Harrow School, squash spread out across England with schools, clubs, and private citizens building squash courts and taking up the sport. At the time there were no real regulations on how a squash court was built, only that there were walls that balls could be bounced off of. The sport spread to North America by the late 19thCentury, with the continent’s first squash court being built at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire in 1884. The first national association for squash was formed shortly after, when the United States Squash Rackets Association was formed in Philadelphia in 1904. In 1907 the organization in charge of setting the rules for tennis and rackets decided to lay out the standardized rules of the sport. These rules were modified in 1923 when the Royal Automobile Club met to discuss the official rules and regulations of squash, squash rackets, and squash courts. An actual organization specifically meant to maintain the rules of squash, and change them when necessary, was formed in 1928; this was the Squash Rackets Association. In 1922, the first international squash match was played when the U.S. and Canada sent athletes to play for the inaugural Lapham Cup. In 1924 Britain sent athletes, making it the first truly global squash tournament in history.

animated squash player

 

After the Second World War, squash began to very quickly grow in popularity. Championships and tournaments grew and the number of nations that sent athletes to them grew as well. By the time that the London Squash & Fitness Club opened in 1966, international matches were becoming a passion across the Commonwealth and the United States. The very next year, representatives from Australia, Britain, Egypt, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and South Africa met to form the International Squash Rackets Federation, which regulated international play and held world championships. The United States and Canada were admitted in 1969, and within ten years the number of countries in the International Squash Rackets Federation doubled. A name change happened in 1992, with the International Squash Rackets Federation becoming the World Squash Federation. The Federation worked hard at getting squash accepted as a more prestigious sport, and in 1998 it was first played at the Commonwealth Games. Today, the World Squash Federation comprises 119 nations across the world.

 

London squash and fitness club

 

The Nash Cup

Today the London Squash & Fitness Club holds its own professionally sanctioned championship, called the Nash Cup. The Nash Cup was originally called the NASHionals, and it was first held in 2003 with around 70 participants. In 2008, it was decided that the NASHionals would become a professional event, with a purse of $5,000. This professionally sanctioned tournament was a big success and was repeated in subsequent years. A women’s purse was added alongside the men’s purse, and in 2018 the Nash Cup was the only tournament in the Professional Squash Association that featured a larger women’s purse than the men’s purse. In 2017, the Nash Cup’s $30,000 total purse was the largest Professional Squash Association event ever held in Canada; both the men’s and the women’s events featured some of the hundred best squash players on the planet.

 

London squash and fitness club 1966

 

Not A Pro?

No need to worry if you’re not up to the exacting standards of professional squash, of course. The London Squash & Fitness Club focuses on getting players of all skill levels out onto the court, and there are a few ways in which they do this. The most organized of these are the club’s in-house leagues, which feature flexible match times that can work around the player’s schedule and ability. Lessons with expert players are also available, for those who want a leg up on the next match. This training program also extends to children and adolescents, who can take lessons even if their parents aren’t members of the club. The club also takes the fitness part of the equation seriously. In addition to the fitness training facility on the second floor, the club also maintains the services of a professional massage therapist and runs a pro shop where you can purchase the best available gear with sharp advice from expert players.  

 

Haven on the Trent River

 

Sifton Properties Limited is creating a community in the perfect setting. Imagine tranquil settings with picturesque views. Imagine your own personal luxury retreat, tucked away from everything and everyone else. Imagine your own personal haven. Well, that is exactly what Sifton is creating in their new community: Haven on the Trent River.

Currently in the initial phases, Haven is the perfect choice for people who love the outdoors. As the name implies, it sits right on the Trent River. It’s a secluded location that is tucked away on wooded lots. For those who love being close to water and who love fishing, boating, canoeing and kayaking, this location is an absolute dream.

 

 

This neighborhood is unlike any other. The lots are limited and it’s an incredibly exclusive opportunity. Sifton has carefully crafted this community to be incredibly private, luxurious, and absolutely gorgeous. The site plan shows that you’ll be living among nature with incredible amenities close by to give you the conveniences of an urban environment.

Haven on the Trent River is located in Campbellford, which is a hidden gem in Ontario, and is a truly one-of-a-kind opportunity for new home builds. Take a look at everything that Haven has to offer.

The Location

Haven on the Trent River is located just outside of the beautiful town of Campbellford, which just happens to be one of Ontario’s best kept secrets. This small town is full of incredible vistas, fantastic conveniences and amenities, and is bursting with nature. Sifton found incredible potential within this little gem of a town to create a neighborhood unlike any other—Haven.

 

 

Haven on the Trent River

Haven on the Trent River is located on Trent River, which is part of Trent-Severn Waterway. It’s filled with mature trees, beautiful greenery everywhere you look, and, of course, absolutely breathtaking views of the river. This incredible community is absolutely perfect for those who enjoy the great outdoors and love being active. There will be an exclusive trail network that will flow throughout the community and it will even connect to the Seymour Conservation Area trails.

In addition to the trails, a beautiful, four acre waterfront park will be created within the community. It will have incredibly awe-inspiring view of the Ferris Provincial Park as well as a sheltered gathering space, in case of rain or to take shelter from the beating sun. It will also have parking spaces for river access.

 

 

There will also be a gorgeous pond built within the community. The pond is both aesthetically pleasing and is functional as it will help with stormwater management.

Haven is located right outside of the town and you can even walk or ride your bike to the beautiful downtown. This means that one-of-a-kind local shops, breweries, cafes, parks, groceries, a pharmacy, a hospital and more are conveniently close by for you. And if you commute often, you’ll enjoy the fact that it’s a very short drive from Haven to the 401.

Campbellford

Campbellford​—​a small town that has charm and beauty in spades​—​is situated on the Trent-Severn Waterway. It’s a beautiful riverside community that offers its residents and visitors a plethora of waterfront activities and absolutely beautiful sights. It’s a great place to live for people who enjoy physical activity as it has tennis courts, parks, a community centre, a curling and racquet club, bowling lanes, pools, a conservation area, hiking, camping, boating, and great fishing. Of course even the outdoorsy types who love roughing it and camping enjoy a good meal. Luckily there are a lot of great of dining options in Campbellford: from fast food and pizza to family restaurants and upscale dining, you can find something to suit your taste buds and your cravings.

 

 

For those who are thinking about raising a family here, the great news is that there are multiple schools and a hospital right in this charming town. Since there are lots of trails and parks throughout the town, your kids will always have a place to run around and play.
Campbellford is an incredible hidden gem in Ontario. It has a thriving arts community and is full of the kind of quirky charm that only a small town can give. For example, it’s home to the Toonie Monument, which is a twenty foot replica of the two dollar coin. From May to October it holds in incredible farmer’s market twice a week where you’ll find local produce, local meats, local honey and maple syrup, fresh baked goods, and handmade preserves. The Westben Arts Festival Theatre puts on incredible shows throughout the year in this cute country-style barn theatre, which combines sophistication with simplicity. Plus, chocoholics can rejoice with the fact that there is an incredible chocolate shop right in town.

The Homes

Haven on the Trent River is an incredibly unique building experience, unlike anything else out there. Sifton is committed to creating a truly exclusive and carefully crafted opportunity for people to live in their own private paradise. This plan has architectural controls on the homes to ensure that Haven stays an exclusive riverside setting for everyone who lives there. Through architectural control Sifton will be able to ensure a cohesive design and community, while still ensuring that each resident is able to create their dream home to a style that matches their personality, taste and lifestyles. The architectural control will only enhance the incredible ambiance of Haven.

The second thing that makes this a unique building experience is the fact that you have two options for building a home here. Either you can purchase a home through one of the incredibly talented luxury custom home builders that are building at Haven, or you can purchase a lot of your liking and select your own builder to then create the home. This is great if you’ve worked with a builder previously and want to build with them again because you’re comfortable with them, more then happy with the work that they did, and want to go with what you know. It’s also great if you’ve been looking at portfolios and have found a builder who has created something incredibly similar to your absolute dream home and want their expertise.

 

 

There will be a total of around 150 lots, so this is truly going to feel like a private and exclusive neighborhood. The lots are limited and will be on a controlled release to ensure a smooth construction process. These single family custom homes start from the $500s and are canvases that are awaiting your dreams and tastes to paint them into reality. The homes range from 1738 to 2889 square feet and are anywhere from 3 to five bedrooms. If you get in early, you’ll have your pick from waterfront homes, and beautiful hilltop retreats. All lots have beautifully mature and tall trees around to give you a private, secluded retreat to come home to every day. The lots range in size and get up to a half acre.

Developments are currently in phase one (which is selling out quickly), which means that it’s the perfect time to ​register for information​ and start looking at whether this place is your paradise. Being part of phase one means that you have your pick of lot. It’s also amazing to be part of the first phase and get to see the transformation of the community.

 

 

Since this area is off the beaten path and is an entirely new neighborhood, it’s good to note that the lots are completely municipally serviced, which includes sewer, water, natural gas, and even hydro. Plus, the streets and the driveway will be paved, so you don’t have to worry about that. You’ll also have access to cable and phone services there. Also, you can rest assured because there is reliable internet available there.

The site plan for Haven has what is called a key lot concept, which is going to allow for a higher number of waterfront properties, while also allowing for maximum privacy between the homes. Your home really will feel like a secluded haven.

The model home is open if you want to take a look at what life would be like living in a gorgeous and secluded haven that is nestled in among the beauty of nature.

Small Town Living

One of the benefits of living in a small town is the fact that you become much less reliant on vehicle travel. People walk places in a small town. You use your car less often, which also means that there is less pollution in a small town since there are less carbon emissions. It also means that there are less car accidents!

Another benefit of small town living, that is abundant in Campbellford is the beauty of nature. Parks, trails, trees and stunning views of the lake are everywhere. When you look around, you see green. The brick, concrete and pavement that surrounds you in a city is softened with nature and space in a small town. In towns like Campbellford, nature becomes part of your lifestyle. You go for walks in the park. You head to the lake to watch the sun set. You start to slow down and enjoy life and the world around you.

 

 

Small towns also have a lower cost of living. Often times land tax is lower and the homes often cost less as well. This means that you’re keeping more money in your pocket for choosing to live in a small town.

Recreation is incredible in small towns. Town usually have fun events and festivities throughout the year for all residents to participate in, such as festivals and fairs. The recreation in Campbellford is even better because there are so many water activities that you can participate in, such as fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and more.

Small towns have much lower crime rates than cities, which means that it’s a great place to raise a family.

You know that song from the show Cheers? “Where everybody knows your name”. Well, small towns are great for being friendly. You’ll get to know all of your neighbors. People will stop and say hi while you’re out running your errands. You’ll know your local doctor by name. You’ll know who is teaching your kids in a much more personal level. People are more neighborly in a small town are more likely to help you shovel your driveway, or keep an eye on your house while you’re out of town.

 

 

A lot of people in the city feel a constant busyness that is part of city living. People are always on the go and are it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all. Small town living runs at a slower pace. People are more likely to have better work/life balance when they’re able to slow down and truly enjoy living.

More and more companies are jumping on the remote train because they realize how much better it is for people and for the environment. This leaves room for more people to be able to leave the city and enjoy that small town lifestyle that they’ve always been curious about.

Living in Nature

Research has shown that urban environments can be ​associated​ with higher stress levels. Recent studies have shown that people who live closer to nature and do things like take hikes or walk along wooded trails are less stressed. It can also help to reduce anxiety.

People who live close to nature tend to also be physically healthier. Hiking, walking on trails, swimming, canoeing and all of those wonderful activities get you outside, enjoying the sunshine, and exercising. Because you’re enjoying the exercise, you’re more likely to do it more often and for longer periods. Not only that, but the uneven terrain means that you’re working your body in

a much more effective way than if you were to hop on a treadmill. Plus, you’re getting vitamin D at the same time, which is also a bonus.

 

 

A ​study​ from the Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives also showed that people who live closer to nature might actually have longer life expectancies. In this study, they found that those who lived close to nature were 13% less likely to die from battling cancer, were 35% less likely to suffer from respiratory diseases, and were 30% less likely to be depressed.

Trees and plants also help to reduce the pollutants in the air, which means that you’re breathing in healthier air each and every single day.

 

 

Building a home in Haven on the Trent River truly is a unique and incredible opportunity. If you want to register to get more information, you can do so ​here​.

But we want to hear from you. What do you think of Haven? Would you want to live here? Is it an absolute dream come true? Would you rather have a waterfront home or a secluded hilltop view home? Let us know your opinions, whatever they are. Click on one of the social media links below and tell us what your thoughts are.

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

          Canadian medical hall of fame

     

         The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is an institution located in London, Ontario that seeks to honour the medical heroes of Canada, from the early beginnings to the modern day. Their specific mission is to recognize and celebrate medical scientists who have advanced the state and the science of health in Canada, and who have inspired others to take up a career serving society as a medical practitioner. Through an annual induction ceremony, educational grants and opportunities, and a physical exhibit hall, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame exists to serve as the national memory for our greatest achievements in the advancement of medicine.

           The Organization

 

            The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is a partnership among a number of organizations with a keen interest in the subject. The first of these is the Canadian Medical Association, the interest group that advocates for and advances the position of medical professionals in Canada. The CMA exists to push for meaningful change in the medical profession, to advance the safety and welfare of both patients and doctors within Canada’s medical system. They do this by framing conversations and advancing debate on contemporary issues in the field of medicine. The second organization, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, exists for a fairly similar purpose. While the Canadian Medical Association exists to advocate for doctors, the Royal College exists to educate, license, and regulate the medical profession within Canada. University medical programs receive their accreditation through the Royal College, and the standardized examinations that doctors must take in order to receive their specialist certifications are written and administered by the Royal College. They also promote lifelong learning among medical professionals and underwrite some of the medical and medical science research that takes place in Canada.

            The third organization is the College of Family Physicians of Canada, which exists along a similar line to the Canadian Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The College of Family Physicians of Canada exists to establish training standards, certify, and promote the lifelong education of family physicians. They also exist to promote the profession of family medicine and to advocate for family physicians and their patients. The fourth organization, finally, is the City of London, which provides the local partnership for the national organization.

           The Exhibit Hall

 

google street view Canadian medical hall of fame

           

           The physical location of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, known as the Exhibit Hall, is located at 267 Dundas Street, in downtown London, Ontario, at the southwest corner of Wellington and Dundas Streets. The building was first built in 1928 as the regional headquarters of the Bank of Toronto; over the years, it also housed professionals practicing real estate, insurance, investments, and the law. The mergers of the late 20thand early 21stCenturies eventually saw the successor corporation of the Bank of Toronto, TD Bank, merge with Canada Trust. In that merger, the London headquarters was deemed a surplus property and was sold to the City of London for a dollar in 2001. The city named it after former Canada Trust president J. Allyn Taylor, a noted philanthropist and tireless advocate for the city of London. Among his business ventures, he served as the Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario as well as on the boards of University Hospital, the local YM-YWCA, the London Community Foundation, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Inspiration for the J. Allyn Taylor Building is clearly Renaissance architecture, with its symmetrical design, the parapets on the façade above the ground floor, and the medallions along the top storey of the building. It lends a gravitas to the sober proceedings within the building itself.

The interior is divided into several different areas. The Laureate Portrait Gallery displays the members of the Hall of Fame themselves, each one designed by Irma Coucill, a London native who now lives in Toronto and brings each member to life in a strong, passionate way; her work has also appeared in the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, and private corporate ownership. This collection also includes a bust of Dr. Calvin Stiller, the founder of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and himself an inductee in 2010. Dr. Stiller was behind the successful organ transplant program at University Hospital and was a pioneer of transplant research across the country. In addition to the Medical Hall of Fame, he was a founding partner of the Robarts Research Institute, the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, and the Stiller Centre. The bust itself was sculpted by local London artist George Shadford.

 

           

            Beyond the portrait gallery, there is are further elements to the Exhibit Hall. The Wall of Wisdom shares inspirational quotes by members of the hall of fame, presented in both English and French. In addition, there are three feature exhibits that showcase advancements in Canadian medical science.

            The first feature exhibit is titled Mother and Child and focuses on health and safety in pregnancy and children. The exhibit shows some of the more interesting and recent breakthroughs in pediatric surgery, including a number of medical firsts that were accomplished by doctors right in London. It also showcases the work of the inventor of the “childproof” medicine bottle (where you have to press down and turn) as well as the “Barr Body”, the condensed, inactive X chromosome that is found in the nuclei of the somatic cells of female mammals.

            The second exhibit is titled Vital Flow and the displays showcase the systems of the body. In particular, it displays important recent discoveries in the cardiovascular system. This includes both examinations of the invention and progress of the pacemaker and the heart monitor. It also shows some of the history and recent advancement of heart surgery, as well as the early detection and treatment of heart defects.

            The third exhibit is titled Brain and Mind and showcases the recent work on neuropsychology. This includes a number of advancements in neurological sciences that were made right in London at the University of Western Ontario, as well as advancements made at McGill University in Montreal. These are discussed, and their impact on global neurological research is also examined. One of the more interesting parts is the story of how Dr. Wilder Penfield mapped the brain. The “Montreal Procedure”, which he pioneered with Herbert Jasper, treated patients with severe epilepsy by targeting the nerve cells in the brain where seizures originated and destroying them. Before going through with the procedure, Dr. Penfield would stimulate the brain with light electric probes while the patient was still conscious; in this way, he could target the effected areas of the brain with a high degree of precision, allowing him to keep unexpected side-effects to a minimum. An outcome of this was that he was able to record these individual pre-surgical probes to create a map of the brain and how each part connected to various parts of the body. These maps, partially reproduced in the Brain and Mind exhibit, are still used today with very little change from when they were compiled.

 

sir fredrick Banting

 

            Two other pieces of art round out the collection in this section. The first is a bust of Sir Frederick Banting, cast by Francis Loring in 1932 and donated to the Exhibit Hall by William Banting. Banting, of course, was the former medical instructor at the University of Western Ontario who won the Nobel Prize in 1923 for helping, along with Dr. Charles Best, to discover insulin as a regulatory product of the pancreas, as well as discovering it’s therapeutic use in treating diabetes. Banting is perhaps THE Canadian medical legend, and his reputation as something of a Renaissance Man (he was an accomplished painter as well) has led to him rating his own museum, the Banting House National Historic Site located at 442 Adelaide Street North in London.

 

marathon of hope truck

 

            The other piece is the last available print of the famous painting Marathon Of Hope, Terry Fox 1958-1981 which was originally done by Cliff Kearns in 1980. It was donated to the collection of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in April of 2012 by the Calhoun and Kearns families. Terry Fox famously ran across part of Canada to raise money and awareness for cancer research. The Marathon of Hope, as it came to be known, has been repeated yearly by schools and charitable organizations in a quest to keep the hope of a cancer-free world alive. Marathon Of Hopehangs in the Exhibit Hall in the hopes of inspiring visitors – especially future medical scientists and doctors – to seek a world where cancer is treatable, liveable, and survivable.

            In addition to the art, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame also keeps exhibits of artifacts – medical items and memorabilia from medical researchers and doctors that have been at the forefront of progress in Canadian medical science. The artifact exhibit also features a number of pieces of literature and books written by the inducted members of the Hall of Fame, a medallion of Saint Marguerite d’Youville, and news articles and photographs dating back to the early 1920s. The exhibit here is largely comprised of donations from the Kerhoulas Family of London. Alongside this there is a collection of stamps, donated by Canada Post in 1999, that honour various Canadian medical pioneers.

            Finally, near the back of the Exhibit Hall, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame keeps their Media Centre. The Media Centre is built into what was, in the beginning of the J. Allyn Taylor Building, the bank vault for the Bank of Toronto. Inside the Media Centre, visitors can view videos that outline the experience and the passion that each of the inducted members have brought to the medical profession and to the advancement of medical science in Canada.

 

            Programs

 

Working around a desk

          

            In addition to providing a place to celebrate and memorialize the leading lights of medical science in Canada, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame also provides educational programs to help smooth the path for students who are looking to pursue a career in professional medicine or medical science. For medical students, this takes the form of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award for Medical Students. This award, sponsored in part by MD Financial Management, recognizes medical students who display the qualities of perseverance, collaboration, and the entrepreneurial spirit – qualities that Hall of Fame inductees have pinpointed as the key factors in their success. Each Canadian medical school puts forward one nominee per year; applicants must be medical students in good standing, ready to complete their second year of study, and must have demonstrated leadership through school and community involvement, superior interpersonal or communication skills, and academic excellence. The award is worth $5,000 and includes a ticket to the yearly Canadian Medical Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

            For high school students, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame provides both educational programs and scholarships for high-performing students looking to pursue an academic degree in medicine. The Discovery Days in Health Sciences program is the educational arm of the Hall of Fame, providing one-day events for Grade 11 students who wish to explore all of the career options available to them in medicine and health sciences. These Discovery Days include a keynote lecture, panel discussions on various careers by experts and professionals, and interactive workshops that help to develop skills and showcase the necessary daily functions of a practitioner of professional medicine. In addition to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, the Discovery Days program is also sponsored by a number of universities and health sciences organizations, which allows a local spin to be put on each of the Discovery Days put on across Canada.

 

Saving homey

         

           The scholarships available through the Hall of Fame are in the process of being retooled. In the past, the offered high school graduate scholarship was a partnership between the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and Great-West Life,London Life, and Canada Life. Each recipient of the scholarship received $4,000 toward a four-year undergraduate degree in a field related to the health sciences. The criteria for the award required students to have stellar academic records and a passion for helping others and improving lives.

            In addition to these, the Hall of Fame also runs a “Museum School” program where senior elementary school classes take up school day residence in the Hall of Fame for a full week. During this time, students learn about past and present Canadian medical marvels and heroes, as well as meeting locally-based London health scientists who work with the latest and greatest technology in the field of medical innovation. The Museum School for elementary students is available through a partnership with Museum School London, a multi-organization partnership that offers similar programs across ten local museums or heritage sites.

HarrisView

page1image6440576

 

HarrisView is one of the newest developments that have been brought to you by Sifton Properties Limited. It’s a cleverly crafted community that is ideal for families and has been created to give you convenience, health, and absolute beauty.

HarrisView is located in the charming town of Ingersoll and is being built into an absolute haven for families. Whether you’re a fan of small town living, are currently living in Ingersoll and looking to buy new, or if you’re a city slicker to the core just looking for the best place possible to raise your family, then you seriously need to check out HarrisView. It’s surrounded by protected green space, it has multiple parks and trails, it’s close to multiple amenities, and it beats to a slower-paced drum than the city does. Ingersoll is also an incredible place to raise a family and HarrisView is a very family friendly neighborhood.

If you’re worried about the fact that you work outside of the town then you can rest assured because it’s located super close to the 401 and is an easy commute to London, Kitchener, and Waterloo.

 

page2image6520832

 

HarrisView can give you and your family more for your money. You’re getting a better quality of life. You’re getting beautiful big city homes while getting the chance to experience the true joy of small town living. And if you want to pop into the city, it’s just a short drive away. So check out HarrisView and all that is has to offer you and your family. See if HarrisView is the right choice for you.

The Location

 

HarrisView is located in the heart of Ingersoll on the corner of Harris street and Clark road. It’s an incredible neighborhood with beautiful streetscapes that are lined with stunning homes that strike a balance between modern and timeless elegance. It’s surrounded by beautiful wooded areas, ponds, and multiple parks. It’s just a very short distance from downtown Ingersoll, which means it’s so close to amenities. Not only that, but Sifton has submitted plans for a 140,000 square foot shopping center right within the new development, which will bring even more convenience to the residents of HarrisView.

For those who looking to to buy a home, here are the reasons why living in a small town is an incredible choice for families. Towns are smaller and greener, which encourages people to walk more often. In fact, HarrisView is just a short five minute walk from a top rated elementary school! Small towns often have lower property taxes, which gives you more for your money. There is less traffic and less pollution in a small town. Plus, towns have a tendency to create tight knit communities that are friendly and welcoming. You get to know your neighbours and the people in the town. There is also less crime in a town. They are quieter and run at a slower pace than the city.

 

page3image6521872

 

Ingersoll is a thriving town that is a great spot to raise a family. It started as a small farming community but now this incredibly community has grown and is now home to over 13,000 friendly and welcoming people. It has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Ontario and has a rich cultural heritage. With one-of-a-kind shops and a museum, the town has charm for days.

Living in Ingersoll is also great for families that want to live healthy active lifestyles. It has protected nature, beautiful spots riverside that are great for fishing and canoeing, miles of paths and trails that are great for hiking and biking, lots of parks and playgrounds, as well as spots for snowmobiling. Your family can enjoy the great outdoors and learn to leave the screens behind and be active instead.

 

page4image6522912

 

Ingersoll is known as “Ontario’s Festival Town” for a good reason. It holds multiple festivals, including the Canterbury Folk Festival, RibFest, The Harvest Festival, Santa’s Festival Village, and even the Festival of Lights. You and your family can enjoy fun and celebration multiple times a year. In addition to the festivals, Ingersoll has museums, theatres, and art galleries. Your family will be raised surrounded by culture, creativity, and open mindedness.

Ingersoll is a great place for you to help your kids to flourish. The community encourages healthy active and social lifestyles. For example, they have the “Fusion Youth Activity and Technology Centre” which gives school-aged kids a large range of incredible activities and programs. Their programs are in the arts, music, sports, cooking, technology, and leadership. They even have drop-in activities like dances and video game fun. Pretty much anything that your child develops an interest in, they’ll find a program that can help to encourage that hobby. Not only that, but with less traffic and the fact that small town neighborhoods are more tight knit, your kids will have the chance to run around, play street hockey, and enjoy the great outdoors.

 

If you work in Ingersoll, then you pretty much have it made because getting from one side of a small town to the other takes little to no time so your commute will be a breeze. If your job is elsewhere but you still want to raise your family in a small town, then Ingersoll is a great choice. It has quick and easy access to the 401. Plus, it’s just a short 20 minute drive to London and an easy commute to kitchener and waterloo area.

A lot of people find it difficult to strike a balance between work life and home life. They want great quality of life, but they can get easily swept up in the go-go-go life that a city encourages. For those people, small town life can be just the solution. You’ll get to raise your family in a safe and friendly community where you’ll have so many options for things to do. Your summer days will be spent making incredible memories and enjoying the beautiful sunshine.

The Homes

 

HarrisView offers new home buyers spacious but affordable single family homes that are designed and built to be beautiful, functional, and great for families. The homes start in the $400s and are perfect for new, young, and growing families. The lot sizes range from 38 foot to 59 foot. Some of the lots back onto wooded areas, a beautiful pond, or even a park! Currently on phase three and four of the project, these are one and two story home designs.