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The London Club Is THE Place For Business Professionals

The London Club is London’s premier private club. It’s the establishment to be part of. It’s a club that was created for business professionals as a place for networking, relaxing, working, and advancing both personal and professional lives. While it may have started as a place for men only, it is now a place for business professionals, no matter what your background is.

The London Club

The London Club is the embodiment of class and elegance. It’s high society, but is also approachable and is a place where members can be comfortable to be themselves. Members can expect incredible service, outstanding food and drink, and an ideal setting for both social and business activities. Members will have access to amazing events and incredible services, all while having a place to call their own when they need to recharge, relax, and unwind.

London Ontario is filled with business professionals from all kinds of fields, but when it comes to the London Club, everyone is treated as equals. Imagine the networking opportunities when members attend London Club events and are connecting with people from all kinds of different businesses. Imagine the incredible connections that you could make, both personal and professional. The London Club has been part of London Ontario’s rich history for over 130 years, which means that it has an incredible list of past and current members.

Our lives are getting busier and busier and while technology has helped us advance, it has also made it possible to take work with you everywhere you go. Driven and passionate professionals need a place that can help advance their professional careers, while also providing a place  where they can enjoy their personal lives as well. Having a place to be social and connect with those who understand your busy lifestyle is so important. The London Club helps with that. Not only that, but the London Club provides its members with access to the concierge that can help with anything members need, whether it’s for business or for their social life.

It’s located in the downtown neighborhood of London, Ontario, which means that it’s in the heart of London. It’s centrally located to be where so many professionals gather for their 9-5. Not only that, but it’s also close to so many entertainment establishments. Members can head there after work to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere, grab a delicious drink and a great meal before heading to the nearby The Grand Theatre.

If you’re a business professional in London Ontario and are looking for a place to socialize, network, have incredible food, receive amazing service, host events, and have access to the best wine cellar in the city, then you’re going to want to check out the London Club. It’s the place to be for business professionals.


the london club - memberships

The London Club is a place for professionals to network, connect, relax, and enjoy an incredible culinary experience. The club has strived to maintain excellence in terms of cuisine, service, and comfort for its members. Expectations will not only be met, but exceeded for club members and any of their guests.

Throughout the year, club members can attend social events that are meant to be good for both personal and professional life. Some of the annual events include: Mother’s Day Brunch, Chef’s Cooking Classes, Spiced Beef Buffet, Lobsterfest Social, Wine Tastings, Wine Dinners, the President’s Ball, Saturday Night Entertainment, Special Feature Nights, Easter Brunch, BIN 1880 Wine Club, and Golf Society.

Members also get access to an extraordinary concierge service. Concierge can help with making reservations, arranging transportation, booking hotels, airline tickets, or even band tickets. The concierge can also help to guide you with choosing from special offers and incentives put together for members. They can also help with flower arrangements and even personalized birthday cakes. Whether personal or business, the concierge is there to help members with anything they can.

Within the club, members can enjoy the bowling alley, three different dining areas, a ballroom, a business centre, as well as the John Allyn Taylor Lounge. It’s a place where business professionals can eat, drink, relax, enjoy fun activities, including billiards.

London Club members also have the advantage of access to Reciprocal Clubs in other cities around the world. Members can use the facilities of these Reciprocal Clubs, much like they would use the London Club facilities. There are over 100 different clubs. Those clubs are located within Canada, The United States, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, New Zealand and Australia, so club members can feel at home and experience incredible service, no matter where they’re traveling.

You can find rates for membership here, but there are discounts for junior members, corporate memberships, and senior memberships.


The London Club - History

The London Club has been part of London’s history for over 130 years, which means that the club has its own rich history.

In 1875, the desire to have an exclusive club for professional men was strong and The London Club was formed. The club first started on King Street, across from the Covent Garden Market. Back then, the area was called “Whisky Row”.

The London Club was incorporated in 1879 and the first president was Daniel Macfie.

In 1882, the club moved locations. The building was formerly the home of Marcus Holmes, and was built in the Queen Anne style. The plans for the building actually came from a member of the club, George Durand. Even though the city and club have grown and changed over the years, the original style of the building has stayed, giving it elegance and class.

The men-only club finally opened its doors to women in 1931, but in a very restricted way. The ladies membership was reserved only for wives and daughters of current club members. The women were not allowed in the main club, and were restricted to the badminton area, which was a squash court. Although the women were allowed to have tea and small toast while they were there.

Finally in 1993-1994, women were allowed to become full members of the London Club and were not restricted to stay only in the squash court, regardless of if they were a wife or daughter of a current club member or not.


The London Club - Dining

Gourmet fine dining and delicious casual bites to full-course banquet meals and teeming buffets, the culinary team at The London Club makes it all and makes it incredible. Member will be able to satisfy any craving with the delicious foods coming from the multiple kitchens at The London Club. Not only that, but The London Club makes sure that the incredible serving staff are ready and willing to make the whole experience a great one. Members get the chance to attend incredible culinary events as well, such as themed food meals, cooking classes, and more.

On Sundays the club hosts an incredible brunch with menu options that will tantalize taste buds that are served with a mimosa or juice. They also offer incredible coffees, teas, and even brunch cocktails. So members can get a jump start on their week by starting it off right with Sunday brunch at the club.

Members can expect lunch and dinner at the club to be incredibly delicious with many incredible options to choose from. For members who want the delicious food at home, the London Club also offers incredible take out options, which means that busy business professionals can still entertain at home without cutting into their packed schedules. With options like housemade tenderloin burgers with artisanal rolls and spatchcock chicken, members can relax knowing that anything they need in their personal and professional life can be made easier with The London Club.


For those who enjoy delicious cocktails and an incredible choice of liquor, The London Club has you covered. They have an incredible whisky list that consists of rye, bourbon, single malt, blended, irish, and scotch: lowland, highland, speyside, and islay. When it comes to cocktails, members can expect quality ingredients and expertly handcrafted cocktails. From the traditional cocktails like a Manhattan and a Negroni to unique cocktails like Resting Time and Hugh Hefner’s Water Bottle, members are sure to be satisfied with perfectly crafted drinks.

The London Club also an award winning wine cellar with the biggest selection of wine labels in London, Ontario. By biggest selection, we’re talking about over 3000 bottles. The sommelier goes to great lengths to stock the cellar with incredible high quality wines from around the world that are not readily available in the general marketplace. The wine list that members can choose from is extensive and is exciting for any wine aficionado, not to mention the fact that the London Club also does long-term aging for some of their wines.

For those who love wine, being part of the BIN7880 Wine Club is an incredible opportunity. The London Club has the best sommelier in the city that wine club members will have the opportunity to learn from. They’ll also get access to member only-tastings and wine events. Imagine rare vintage tastings that you wouldn’t be able to access anywhere else in the city. Members also get access to pre-tastings with the actual wine makers so that you can ask questions and hear about the process first hand. Not only that, but BIN7880 Wine Club members will also get exclusive deals and offers.


The London Club is a beautiful venue that can be booked for functions and events. They have rooms that can hold 240 seated guests, and there are private rooms that can also be used. When booking, there are incredible banquet and catering menus to choose from. The Executive Chef and the culinary team are prepared to make the most delicious meals, while the serving staff will ensure incredible experience that is second-to-none.

If you want the delicious cuisine without the venue, the culinary team and the serving staff can do off-site parties, home meals, and there are also take-out items that you can take with you and warm yourself.

When it comes to weddings, The London Club is all about turning your dream day into a reality. You can have an elegant and beautiful space, right in the heart of London Ontario. And if food is important to you on your wedding day, The London Club offers the most delicious food that even the most pretentious of pallets will appreciate.

The club offers beautiful spaces for both the ceremony and the reception, as well as the opportunity to take photos in any of the beautiful and elegant spaces within the Club, including the Wine Cellar and the John Allyn Taylor Lounge.

The best part is that you don’t even have to be a member of the club in order to have your dream wedding there.

Club Code

The London Club - Club Code

The London Club is a club for business professionals. It’s a place to relax and unwind, but it’s also a place that is classy and elegant. Because of this, there are are some codes to follow.

The first code is a dress code. Within the Front Dining Room, business attire is required, which means that men must have jackets.Everywhere else in the club, business-casual attire is required, which means that no torn or frayed jeans, no athletic wear, no sweatshirts, no beach sandals, no running shoes, and no T-shirts with commercial advertising and/or slogans. The club is full of well-dressed, classy, business professionals.

Another code is to have silent technology. While there are lots of business professionals in the club, members need to be respectful of one another by having phones, tablets, and any other handheld technology should be on silent or vibrate. There are no handheld devices permitted within the Front Dining Room. Conversations on cell phones is prohibited in public areas. All of this means that members are guaranteed to have a relaxing place where they’re not interrupted by others’ conversations or electronics.

Club code means that spouses of members are automatically given membership as well. Members are allowed to register and bring guests, but they can only bring the same person a total of six times per calendar year.


Springbank Park is a 300 acre parkland situated in the middle of the city of London, Ontario. Home to around 30 kilometres of walking trails, a massive playground, a children’s amusement park, a carousel, and more geese than you can shake a stick at, it is a park that is used constantly and continuously by both denizens of the city and outside visitors. Chances are, if you ask a Londoner “Hey, are there any good parks around here?” they will tell you “Springbank” even if they live on the edge of one of London’s numerous other parks. Contrarians might tell you “Gibbons Park” and that is a good one, but Springbank has everything you could ever want in a park.

Springbank Park

Early History

The area that is now Springbank Park lies along the Thames River. It’s an area that has been continuously occupied by humans for an extremely long time. Evidence of human occupation has been found as early as the Middle Archaic Period (3050-2550 B.C.). For reference, this is around the same time that the Greek Bronze Age began, when Stonehenge began to be erected, and around the time Egypt was on it’s third ruler of the First Dynasty. From then until the European settlement of southwestern Ontario there is evidence that the area of Springbank Park has hosted human communities. The Museum of Ontario Archaeology has catalogued over 6000 separate pieces of evidence to this end, including human artifacts, animal bones, and scraps of plant remains.

After the arrival of Europeans, of course, the situation didn’t change much. There are artifacts from European settlers that have been found in the Springbank Park area that match up with patterns of early settlers: nails, glass, ceramic pottery, kitchen utensils, and other items of domesticity. While no permanent settlements ever appeared in the Springbank Park area, it has always been a favourite place for human beings to rest, or play.

Early Modern History

The real origins of Springbank Park as we know it today date back to 1877. At that time, the City of London was a growing concern, filled with breweries, newspapers, banks, mills, and churches. Two years earlier, the Blackfriars Street Bridge had been constructed across the Thames on the north end of the community, to connect the suburbs of Petersville and Kensington to the City of London proper. A city growing as prosperous as London needed a continual amount of new infrastructure, and the origins of Springbank Park are actually based around this need. As the Victorian era of the Canadian colony wound on, urban citizens clamoured for the sorts of amenities they had in the cosmopolitan cities of the world; in this case, the people of London wanted running water. To this end, $400,000 (nearly $8.7 million in modern Canadian currency) was promised by the city to fund the construction of a waterworks that would be the central mechanical feature of this new system of running water.

The city cast about to find a site for this new water plant and eventually settled on a place that Londoners today typically know as “Reservoir Hill”. At the time, it was called Hungerford Hill, and it was most famous as the site of a couple of small battles during the War of 1812, including a raid by the Middlesex Militia on American troops who were on a raiding mission in the closing days of the war in 1814. The hill was chosen primarily because it was already known as a good site to draw power from the river. The hill sat next to what was then Coombe’s mill, a large flour mill on the western bank of the Thames River near the village of Byron, Ontario. In addition to the water pumping station, the City also commissioned the construction of the Springbank Dam, a structure that, after a number of rehabilitations and long-running municipal arguments, remains in the river today. There were several local springs in the area, and these were engineered to run into collecting ponds that then filled a reservoir on Hungerford Hill. The pumping station was designed to take that collected reservoir water and use gravity pumps to push water through the pipes to the connected homes and businesses of London.

You can still see the original pump house today, in Springbank Park or if you look quickly as you’re driving along Wonderland Road. One of the original holding ponds is also still in existence, near Storybook Gardens. A steam plant was added for additional power generation in 1881, but it no longer remains. The area around the waterworks became a popular spot for Londoners to spend an afternoon picnicking, and the area at first gained the name “Chestnut Park”.

Rolling On The River, or, The Wreck Of The Victoria

The gathering of well-heeled Londoners at Chestnut Park on the banks of the Thames led, predictably, to a growth in businesses looking to cater to these people. The most lucrative of the bunch were the river transport entrepreneurs, who realized that the Thames made a perfect highway to shuttle picnickers to and from the park. The first of these was The Thames Navigation Company, founded in 1878 to provide ferrying services for those looking to frolic in the pastoral setting. By 1879 the park was so popular that a refreshment stand opened up next to the pumphouse. In that same year, the Thames Navigation Company got some competition, in the form of a company called the London And Waterworks Line. The competition between them was fierce. The Thames Navigation Company put a second ferry on the river, put a live band on the original ferry, and instituted “moonlight cruises” at a premium, for the romantics of London. The two companies did a brisk trade and eventually the refreshment stand was expanded into a hotel and Chestnut Park became something of a destination spot of holidays and families.

Unfortunately, economic competition also led to a certain recklessness. In May of 1880, the London And Waterworks Forest City and the Thames Navigation Company Victoria collided on the water, after a series of mishaps that started when the passengers on both ships reached out to try to grab each other’s hands. The ships had come close to each other before but this was the first time that they had actually run into each other. Luckily there were no injuries from the incident; the next accident would be much more grim.

A year later to the day – May 24th, 1881 – the Victoria Day celebrations were in full swing at Chestnut Park. A large crowd had gathered at the docks to take the ferry home; when the TNC Victoria arrived at the docks a group in excess of 600 people clamoured aboard to be taken away. This was more than the Victoria could safely carry, which is kind of like saying that piling 50 people into an elevator exceeds the operating capacity. That is to say, it was obviously too many, and the man in charge knew it. Despite this, the Victoria set sail back to the city in the early evening.

Springbank Park - Sinking Victoria

The problem with putting too much weight onto a ship is that is runs quite a bit lower in the water than it normally does. Because of this, the ship ran into an object it would normally have passed right over. The hull was breached, Victoria took on water, and the panic of the mass of passengers caused the ship to tilt. As it tilted, the boiler came loose and crashed through the ferry’s upper deck, which subsequently collapsed. Between those who drowned, those who were crushed by the upper deck’s collapse, and those who were scalded to death by the boiler, 182 people lost their lives.

The wreck of the Victoria largely put an end to the ferry business on the Thames. A series of deadly floods in 1883 did the industry no favours, but the advent of trains and automobiles as easy transport solutions for Londoners finished it off. 1898 would be it’s final year; after that, full time ferry service as a private industry would be no more.

A Wonderland of Amusements

Springbank Park - StoryBook Gardens

One of the things that really killed off ferry service to the area was the growth of the streetcars, and London Street Railway. The city of London had taken charge of Chestnut Park after the wreck of the Victoria and had added new features to the park, including paths, benches, and swings for children. Officially renamed Springbank Park in 1894, the area’s popularity in the final years of the 19th Century convinced the London Street Railway company to extend streetcar lines to the park. With the streetcar lines came electricity, and night-time lighting became one of Springbank’s biggest attractions, at a time when electric lighting was still the exception rather than the rule.   

With increased popularity, paths became roads, and tennis courts and lawnbowling areas were installed. By 1914 the next stage in Springbank’s development came, in the form of an amusement park run by the Victor Amusement Company. Included in this amusement park were a campground and a zoo. By 1920 this expanded to include a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, a funhouse, a penny arcade, and a bowling alley. A rollercoaster called the “Cannon-Ball” was built at the south end of the park, and a carousel was added. In 1923 a miniature steam train was added; this is the Springbank Flyer, which was converted to run on diesel fuel in 1965 and was transferred to it’s current location outside Storybook Gardens in 1998. An aerial swing was also added in 1927. In 1935, the Wonderland Gardens concert hall opened up and became quite popular as a place to see the hottest big bands of the day. Although there is no actual proof, the legend is that Guy Lombardo, a bandleader who eventually gained fame as the premier New Years Eve entertainment man, played the first show at Wonderland Gardens.

Victor Amusements did a brisk business until the outbreak of the Second World War, when the crowds stopped coming in large numbers. In 1942 the park went up for sale; a few of the features, notably the train and the carousel, remained open as they were run independently and were still profitable. Fortunes changed again in 1958 when Storybook Gardens opened. Storybook Gardens, still the main tourist draw of Springbank Park to this day, grew out of the purchase of the old zoo that Victor Amusements had begun with in 1914. The zoo was expanded and rebranded with the theme of Mother Goose’s nursery rhymes.

Slippery The Sea Lion

Springbank Park - Slippery the Sea Lion

As part of it’s attempt to draw tourist crowds for the grand opening, Storybook Gardens bought two seals from California. One of these seals, however, gave Storybook’s owners a fair bit of trouble. This seal, who afterward gained the nickname of Slippery The Sea Lion, somehow managed to escape his pool and found his way into the Thames River. Despite the efforts of Storybook staff to recover him, he followed the river all the way down into Lake Erie. It wasn’t until Slippery reached the American side of the lake that he was recaptured, near another amusement park (Cedar Point) close to Sandusky, Ohio. Still trying to promote their business to the full extent possible, Storybook Gardens and the Toledo Zoo cooked up an international incident.

The Toledo Zoo made a claim that, because Slippery was found in American waters, they were going to keep him instead of returning him to Storybook Gardens. When this decision was reported in London the London citizenry flew into an outrage, demanding that Slippery be returned to his Canadian home. Officials from both zoos met in Toledo and negotiated the return of Slippery to London, along with Lucky, a baby puma that the Toledo Zoo gave Storybook Gardens as a gift. The city threw Slippery a parade upon his return that 50,000 attended (at the time, half the city of London’s population) and Storybook Gardens drew a massive crowd when he was placed back into his home pool.

Springbank Today

Springbank Park

In 1961 the village of Byron was formally annexed into the City of London and the city took over the operation of Springbank Park (except for Storybook Gardens, which continues to operate privately). The park today features wide open spaces, shady trees, and enough barbecue spaces to accommodate an entire city’s worth of holiday-celebrating families. Also featured are a large children’s playground with state-of-the-art equipment and a full size wading pool. Walking trails criss-cross the park and also connect Springbank Park to a number of other parks and nature areas in the surrounding parts of the city. While I’ve never tested this, it’s said that you can make the 10 kilometre journey from Byron to downtown London without needing to drive on regular city roads; just walk through the interconnected parks and you’ll end up in the heart of the city.

The historical parts of the Park are still on display if you know where to look. The remains of the old waterworks are still there, as is the Springbank Dam, which is easy to get to: a wooden stairway exists right behind the playground that takes you right down to the dam site. When the water level on the Thames River is low, you can also sometimes see the remains of the metal part of the hull of the Victoria, still resting on the bottom of the river well over a century later.

Whether you want to hike, jog, play, cook, celebrate, avoid the roads, or find that elusive moment of Zen, Springbank Park is London’s premier destination.


Grand Theatre

The Grand Theatre in London Ontario opened on September 9, 1901. Located at 471 Richmond Street just south of Dufferin Avenue in the heart of downtown, the theatre’s main auditorium has a seating capacity of 839 with a regular season running from September to May. It was originally constructed to accommodate the public’s need for a suitable performance space after the Grand Opera House burned down in 1900. It was acoustically designed to project music and sound from the stage to the very rear of the audience.


The theatre was run by Ambrose Small, a Toronto area businessman, until his mysterious disappearance in 1919, In fact, the theatre is said to be haunted by his ghost to this day. On December 2, 1919 Mr. Small deposited one million dollars in a Toronto bank account, ate a meal with his wife and was never seen again. Some weeks later, the theatre’s security guard testified that he saw Mr. Small entering The Grand Theatre. This building was investigated in the first episode of ‘The Girly Ghosthunters’ show in 2005.The venue was originally designed to seat 1850 patrons, with a large proscenium stage and ornate arch to showcase its size. With box seats and two balconies, it was considered to be most prestigious and opulent for its day.

Grand Theatre - History

The Grand also features the McManus Studio Theatre in the basement which is geared towards hosting smaller productions. More recently, Artistic Director Susan Ferley launched the annual performance and rehearsal calendar for The Grand Theatre High School Project, giving students the challenge of producing both a major musical on the Main Stage and a Shakespeare play in the McManus Studio below. Together, the Grand and these students combine for form The Theatre for Young Audiences and is committed to putting on two shows every season.

As cinema took over, the theatre was equipped for film presentation when it was sold to Famous Players in 1924. After a brief ownership stint with Famous Players in 1945, the theatre chain sold the building to the London Little Theatre company for a small price and the theatre built a reputation as a superior amateur stage venue, arguably becoming Canada’s most active and successful amateur theatre company.

In 1975, the theatre’s board of governors recognized the structure’s need for upkeep and responded with a major reconstruction costing five million dollars and was not completed until 1978. The reconstruction included reinforcement of the proscenium arch as the sole major component of the building’s original design and the addition of the McManus Studio as a secondary venue. The architectural firm that was awarded the bid for the renovations and necessary planning was subsequently also awarded a Governor General’s award for their re-design of TGT.

Grand Theatre - History

Among the more noteworthy actors who have performed under the Grand’s proscenium arch are: W.C. Fields, Sarah Bernhardt, Michael Redgrave, Donald O’Connor, Sidney Poitier, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Maggie Smith, Michael Burgess, William Hutt, Martha Henry, Karen Kain, Victor Garber, Sandra Oh, and Leonard Nimoy.

Changing Roles

“World Curious. London Proud.” That is the mantra that governs TGT’s direction in the new millennium. Under the leadership of newly appointed Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum and Executive Director Deb Harvey, the Grand is building a bold future with visionary leadership at the helm, bringing the passion to take on courageous new projects, new programming, and a renewed sense of relevance, both internationally and here in the London community. As one of the leading cultural and entertainment venues in the city, the Grand is proudly located in the heart of downtown London, Ontario and stands as a place for for everyone, to gather, celebrate, and be inspired by unique and unforgettable theatre experiences.

For many, this is the reason they seek the Grand when booking special events – the theatre presents itself as an ideal and historic backdrop for people’s fondest memories. The venue ties past to present, and provides fertile ground for the future. It’s history, iconography, and design are a very manifest of the theatre’s new mandate.

Grand Theatre - Changing Roles

The Grand puts London on the international stage with original concepts, stories, and sounds from around the world, and works on collaborations with exceptional national and international performing arts groups. The theatre prides itself in its ongoing commitment to developing, producing, and premiering new, original homegrown stories through COMPASS, a new stage play development program. The Artistic Direction team works tirelessly to bring communities together in a spirit of shared experiences, utilizing TGT as a channel for its voices.

COMPASS New Play Development Program is dedicated to creating and premiering new work on TGT stages. TGT remains world-curious and London-proud and this program reflects their belief that in order to be a relevant theatre company, they must develop and premiere their own stories on their own stages.

The Grand will commission, write, produce, and premiere original plays that are relevant to the city of London, the province of Ontario, and Canada in general. And while these homegrown plays will begin here, our stories will be shared with theatres and stages around the world. COMPASS is dedicated to igniting imaginations by bringing a modern, unconventional, and brand new sense of theatre engagement to London, as has been seen in contemporary productions like Vigilante – a modernized, post-apocalypticized visualization of The Black Donnellys of area folklore.


Spriet Stage

Grand Theatre - Spriet Stage

The newly named Spriet Stage is widely considered one of the most beautiful theatres in Canada. This stage dates back to the New Grand Opera House built in 1901, complete with the original proscenium arch, one of the last remaining in Canada, featuring original artwork by muralist Frederick S. Challener.

Poster Lounge

Grand Theatre - Poster Lounge

This visually captivating space with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooks Richmond Street and is a perfect spot to book for swanky occasions, or small-scale entertainment.

McManus Lounge

Grand Theatre - McManus Lounge

This space is perfect for more intimate gatherings, small events, and private cocktail receptions.

For more information about venue rentals, click here.

For more information about reserving a pre-show or post-show reception for your group, click here.

The High School Project

Grand Theatre - High School Project

The Grand’s commitment to educational programming and the mentorship of the next generation of writers and actors through The High School Project – in fact the only project of its kind in North America. A partnership with the Sheridan College Music Theatre Program is already playing a key role in shaping the theatre’s new identity. Their new community outreach initiative named 100 Schools also furthers the theatre’s not-for-profit community mandate by bringing professional theatre to London area schools, and at zero cost!

A not-for-profit regional theatre, the Grand produces and presents professional theatre on two stages: the Spriet Stage (839 seats) and the McManus Stage (144 seats). The Grand season runs from September to May with a subscription series on both stages.

What makes The Grand Theatre’s High School Project so unique is that it gives high school students from London and surrounding area the chance to work with professional directors, choreographers, musical directors, and stage managers.

Grand Theatre - High School Project

In 2006, the High School Project added a Shakespearean production, to be performed in the spring in the McManus Studio, leaving the main stage open for their musical scheduled to be performed in the fall on the MainStage. The following is a list of High School Project stage productions that have been performed on the Grand Theatre’s main stage post-renovation in the 1970s:

  • West Side Story (1998)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999)
  • Guys and Dolls (2000)
  • Hello, Dolly! (2001)
  • Oliver! (2002)
  • The Music Man (2003)
  • Fiddler on the Roof (2004)
  • Oklahoma! (2005)
  • The Sound of Music (Fall 2005)
  • Twelfth Night (Spring 2006, McManus Studio)
  • West Side Story (Fall 2006)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Spring 2007; McManus Studio)
  • Les Misérables: School Edition (Fall 2007)
  • Listen to the Wind (Spring 2008; McManus Studio)
  • The Pirates of Penzance (Fall 2008)
  • As You Like It (Spring 2009; McManus Studio)
  • Grease (Fall 2009)
  • Macbeth (Spring 2010; McManus Studio)
  • Anything Goes (Fall 2010)
  • The Odyssey (Spring 2011; McManus Studio)
  • Footloose” (Fall 2011)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Spring 2012)
  • My Fair Lady (Fall 2012)
  • Taming of the Shrew (Spring 2013)
  • Legally Blonde” (Fall 2013)
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Spring 2014)
  • The Addams Family: A New Musical (Fall 2014)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Spring 2015)
  • Hello Dolly! (Fall 2015)
  • Les Misérables: School Edition (Fall 2016)
  • Evita (Fall 2017)
  • Prom Queen (Fall 2018)

Grand Theatre - High School Project

Since 1998, full casts and musical pits of area students have regularly performed on the main stage featuring a full cast of high school students. Originally, the program had intended for productions to be annually cycled between a Broadway musical, a Shakespeare piece, and a Canadian piece. However, due to the overwhelming success of West Side Story in 1998, the High School Project remained a Broadway musical since the year 2000. Students also assist in stage management, set creation, and the creation of wardrobes, props, and every other aspect of production.

Making Waves

Particularly in recent years, The Grand has taken a very forward approach on the productions that it brings to stage for the public’s enjoyment.


Grand Theatre - Once

A musical story about the belief in the power of his music and his love for the woman who inspired his songs. Together they record a demo album with a motley crew of bar friends, and their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated love story.

Silence: Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell

Grand Theatre - Silence: Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell

Though the story is most definitely complicated by the inclusion of the iconic man as a main character, this is essentially a love story celebrating the wonders of life and accepting of the inevitability of death.

What a Young Wife Ought to Know

Grand Theatre - What a Young Wife Ought to Know

An unflinching look at love, sex, and fertility, inspired by real stories of young mothers during the Canadian birth control movement of the early 20th century, Crow’s presents a new production of this important play from one of Canada’s most celebrated theatre makers.

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Grand Theatre - A Thousand Splendid Suns

A vivid stage adaptation of the novel by Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner. The story focuses on two women and how their lives become intertwined after a series of drastic events. This is the story of their subsequent friendship and support for each other in the backdrop of Kabul in the 20th and 21st century.

The Glass Menagerie

Grand Theatre - The Glass Menagerie

In this classic drama, one of the greatest American plays of the 20th century, Tennessee Williams  looks at the Wingfield family as they deal with emotions and revelations that change their lives forever. As characters come to terms with the inexorable changing ot the times, and their related fates, a fundamental piece of Americana storytelling unfolds to move and captivate the audience.

Joni Mitchell: River

Grand Theatre - Joni Mitchell: River

A series of singers – including Forest Ontario’s Emm Gryner – lead an accomplished pit of noteworthy local performers in beautiful rearrangements of this classic Joni Mitchell must-have album.

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

Grand Theatre - The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

This play is based on the novel by Wayne Johnston, a Canadian bestseller, and shortlisted for the 1998 Giller Prize and the 1998 Governor General’s Award for English fiction.

Colours in the Storm

Grand Theatre - Colours in the Storm

A music-driven play – and not specifically a musical – about the life and mysterious death of iconic Canadian painter, Tom Thomson.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Grand Theatre - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Board the Nautilus with the mysterious Captain Nemo as he explores the depths of the ocean, the heights of technology and the edge of madness. Rediscover a sense of wonder at human ingenuity in this eye-popping, multi-media experience. A commission of the TORONTO 2015 arts and cultural festival PANAMANIA.

The Addams Family

Grand Theatre - The Addams Family

The show is based upon The Addams Family characters – infamous from film and television – depicting a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre.

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

Grand Theatre - Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

Ring of Fire was conceived by William Meade and created and directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. The musical contains 38 of Johnny Cash’s songs, such as “Country Boy,” “A Thing Called Love,” “Five Feet High and Rising,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Ring of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “I’ve Been Everywhere,” “The Man in Black” and “Hurt.”

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Grand Theatre - The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

A musical comedy that centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. An unusual aspect of the show is that four real audience members are invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six young characters.

Legally Blonde

Grand Theatre - Legally Blonde: The Musical

While the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner – needs no introduction after a blockbuster film starring Reese Witherspoon, this charming musical continues to enthrall onstage. Throughout the show, no one has faith in Elle Woods, but she manages to surprise them when she defies expectations while staying true to herself.

The Great Gatsby

Grand Theatre - The Great Gatsby

Scott Fitzgerald’s celebrated masterpiece come to life on an historical stage worthy of the classic’s vintage.


Grand Theatre - Footloose

C’mon… You know the story. How would this not be fun?

Ways to Get Involved

1000 Seats

Grand Theatre - Ways to get Involved - 1000 Seats

A new project launched as part of the Grand’s London Proud initiative, 1000 Seats will offer ten seats for every performance in the Spriet Stage Series to first-time theatre goers. All Londoners who have never been to the Grand are welcome to access this program and can access further information here.

Cultural Access Pass

Grand Theatre - Ways to get involved - Cultural Access Pass

The Grand offers a wonderful opportunity to all new Canadians!

A gift to each new Canadian and new Canadian citizen during their first year of citizenship, the Cultural Access Pass provides complimentary admission to the Grand Theatre to the pass holder and up to 4 dependent children (18 years or younger) for select Grand Theatre productions.

This unique program creates opportunities for Canada’s newest citizens to discover our rich cultural history and exceptional theatre. Tickets become available two weeks prior to the start of the production. To obtain tickets present your Cultural Access Pass in person only at the box office at 471 Richmond Street.

Tickets in Support of your Charitable Event

Each season, the Grand donates over $50,000 in ticket value to more than 800 charities in the London area. For more information or to request a ticket donation for your charitable event, please email Suzanne Lanthier, Director of Development at or call 519-672-9030 x251.

Beyond the Stage

The Grand provides and intimate experience for enthusiasts both onstage and off, there’s more to experience than ever before! Check out our post-show events and pre-show talks, Clubs, backstage tours, and more

Pre-show talks with James Stewart Reaney

Join host James Stewart Reaney at select Wednesday matinees, as he sparks creative conversations about the production.

Grand Theatre

Upcoming Talks

  • Timothy Findley’s The Wars – November 7
  • Barber Shop Chronicles – November 21
  • Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad – January 30
  • Vigilante – March 6
  • August Wilson’s Fences – April 3
  • Mamma Mia! – May 8

James Stewart Reaney

Grand Theatre - James Stewart Reaney

LondonFuse contributor James Stewart Reaney, recently retired from The London Free Press after a career of more than 30 years, has covered everything from the 1986 World Series to operas at the Grand to Neil Young concerts and spent almost a decade hosting videos starring such icons as London pop punkers The Alcohollys and Canadian opera star Ben Heppner.

Backstage Tours

See the real historic Grand Theatre, behind the scenes, where the audience can’t see. Get an inside look at how the theatre manages productions on both the Spriet and McManus stages. Learn about how the ghost of Ambrose Small is said to haunt the theatre, and more. Tour groups hear all the best stories first-hand from staff members and artists at work on their lines, music, set designs, costumes, and props.

Complimentary backstage tours are available for groups pre-show or post-show, and on request based on availability. Tours range from 30-60 minutes (depending on your group and activities in the building). To get an up close look at the The Grand with a virtual tour, click here.

For information, schedules, availability, and reservations please contact Monica Hodgson, Sales and Partnerships Manager, at 519-672-9030 ext. 291 or

Wednesday Speakeasy

Grand Theatre - Wednesday Speakeasy

Extend your theatre experience on Wednesday evenings and get closer to the artists after the performance with exclusive talks, casual conversations, and spontaneous happenings in the relaxed atmosphere of the Poster Lounge or McManus Stage. Pull up a chair – the bar will be open!

  • Timothy Findley’s The Wars – October 24 & 31, November 7
  • Barber Shop Chronicles – November 21
  • The Boy in the Moon – November 21 & 28
  • Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad – January 23 & 30, February 6
  • Maggie & Pierre – February 13
  • Vigilante – February 20 & 27, March 6
  • August Wilson’s Fences – March 20 & 27, April 3
  • Cabaret – April 10, 17, 24
  • Mamma Mia! – April 24, May 1, 8, 15

What Not to Miss This Year

The Wars

Grand Theatre - The Wars

The Wars is a critically acclaimed 1977 novel by Timothy Findley that is English studies curriculum in many boards across Canada. The story follows Robert Ross, a nineteen-year-old Canadian who enlists in World War I after the death of his beloved older sister in an attempt to escape both his grief and the social norms of oppressive Victorian society. Drawn into the madness of war, Ross commits “a last desperate act to declare his commitment to life in the midst of death.” Ross’ narrative is depicted as flashback or rather shattered memoir, as a historian tries to piece together how overwhelming and abnormal circumstances can irreparably transform even the strongest of us, interviewing the various characters whose lives Ross touched on his journey.

This fall TGT acknowledges the 100th anniversary of the end of WWII as honour the sacrifices of our soldiers past and present with this Governor General Award-winning story,

Don’t Miss Out on London’s Rich Theatre Nightlife

Grand Theatre - Nightlife

London’t downtown core offers literally dozens of options for dinner reservations before your show – several only steps from the theatre doors which makes planning your evening ideal. Numerous cocktail lounges and late night music bars also fill the area if you decide to stay out late. But undeniably, London’s The Grand Theatre represents a landmark that is both historical and cultural in terms of playing a major role in weaving our area and national cultural tapestry.

With inclusive programming that incorporates the efforts of passionate young people, is inclusive of international performance traditions, and promotes a superior standard of live dramatic performance not on smaller stages, London theatre-goers are absolutely spoiled with the calibre of live stage performance that they have access to.

Shows are a family affair, with something to offer everyone. The theatre does not shy away from projects requiring bold visual effects and stage combat training, as seen in this reel from The Grand Theatre’s production of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea:


To check the performance schedule for The Grand Theatre, click here.

For their box office, call 519-672-9030

Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm ET
Saturday and Sunday – closed


Huron College, also known as Huron University College, is one of the three affiliate university colleges to the Western University in the city of London, Ontario. In addition, it is also practically the founding college of the University of Western Ontario upon its inception (the name change to Western University has come in recent years). While its original purpose was toward the study of theology, Huron College has branched out from the training of priests to being a watchword in liberal arts education, with a dedication toward small class sizes, highly rated faculty, and a more individual sense of attention than students receive on the main Western campus.

Huron College


Huron College’s history begins in 1857. The growth of both population and industry in southwestern Ontario had led the Anglican Church of Canada to create a new diocese, the Diocese of Huron. Since 1839, the area on the Ontario peninsula between Lake Huron and Lake Erie had been part of the Diocese of Toronto, but times were changing and the creation of the Diocese of Huron in 1857 generated new needs. Among these needs were trained, qualified clergymen to fulfill the various positions in churches throughout the Diocese.

Bishop Benjamin Cronyn, the founding Bishop for the Diocese of Huron, would go on to open over 100 churches during his reign and the need for trained men of God never ceased. There existed in the city of Toronto a school of theology at Trinity College, but Bishop Cronyn was deeply unhappy with the quality of clergymen that school produced. He felt that Trinity College produced men who were too steeped in the “high church” tradition that in a sense combined Anglican and Catholic doctrine. Bishop Cronyn wanted men trained in a much more populist, “low church” tradition – men of God and of the people, as it were – and this led him to explore opening his own school of theology to train men as he saw fit.

In 1861, the Privy Council of the U.K. (then the highest court of appeal for the colonies, including Canada) reached a decision in the case Long v. Gray. Without going over the gory details, Long v. Grey (and a similar case, Colenso v. Gray (1866)), established that Anglican churches and church organizations in self-governing colonies of the British Empire were themselves self-governing colonies, and were thus free of the influence of both he Church of England and the British Crown. The Anglican Church of Canada, and the individual Dioceses, thus found themselves in the position where they could implement new programs and projects without having to go at length to seek the approval of both Church and State in far-off England. Bishop Cronyn, seizing the opportunity, presented his case before the Synod (the church’s legislative body) in 1862.

Of course, founding a new school requires money and other resources, which in the latter days of the 19th Century meant reaching out to Britain to find backers. To this end, Bishop Cronyn enlisted the help of Dr. Isaac Hellmuth, recently of the Colonial and Continental Church Society, to track down the necessary money and resources from his contacts across the Atlantic. Named Principal of the yet-unestablished Huron College in September of 1862, Dr. Hellmuth got to work. In Alfred Peache he found a wealthy clergyman who was willing to put up 5000 Pounds as an endowment for the Peache Chair in Divinity; the gift paid Dr. Hellmuth’s salary for many years. The condition attached to this endowment was that Huron College was to be “avowedly for the training of students in the Protestant and Evangelical principles of the Articles of the Church.” For a long period of time the Huron College Principal was also required to be the Peache Chair; that restriction was lifted after the Second World War but the Peache Chair can still be found, now the Peache Professor of Divinity, in Huron College’s Faculty of Theology.

With the money and the purpose in place, the path was forged for Bishop Cronyn and Dr. Hellmuth to get their college founded. On May 5th, 1863, legislation titled An Act To Incorporate Huron College was given Royal Assent and became the founding document of Huron College. The Corporation of Huron College would consist of the Bishop of Huron, and a council of at least three; the first council was appointed by Bishop Cronyn. Months later, on December 2nd, 1863, Huron College was officially opened; 400 people attended the opening ceremonies and the two-hour inaugural address was delivered by C.P. McIlvaine, the Bishop of Ohio. Classes began a month later, on January 9th, 1864. In order to qualify for admission into Huron College, prospective students were tested on Greek and Latin grammar, as well as arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. Once students passed their qualifying exams, they were required to sign a document stating that they would study with due diligence and follow all the laws of the College. Tuition, at the time of Huron College’s foundation, was $40 for the year; one would be hard-pressed to find parking there for that price today. That $40 covered classes, as well as room, winter fuel, and admission to the library. Food, furniture, and the uniform (a black cap and gown) were extra.

The original home for Huron College was at Rough Park, an area bordered by St. George Street, St. James Street, Grosvenor Street, and the Thames River. The 14 acres that originally comprised Huron College were purchased from the estate of local hardware magnate Lionel Ridout for $12,130; in addition, the Principal’s residence was named the Ridout House. Additions were made for student residences, lecture rooms, and spaces for housekeeping staff. This home for Huron College would last until 1951, when the new Huron College grounds were dedicated.

Once they’d gotten the knack of running a college, the administration of Huron College wanted to try their hand at running a University. In February of 1877, the faculty and alumni of Huron College met to hammer out some plans, and in March of 1878 the province of Ontario formally granted a University charter to The Western University of London, Ontario. As a founding college of The Western University, Huron College merged their finances with the University and moved everything down to Dufferin College, which had been until then Hellmuth Boy’s College. Their incorporation into being a University expanded the program offered to students from being strictly that of theology to including a liberal arts education. Classes at The Western University began in October of 1881.

The beginning of Huron College’s affiliation was rocky. When the University ran out of money to maintain the Faculty of Arts in 1885, Huron stopped being affiliated and considered affiliating with the University of Toronto instead. In 1895, though, the Faculty of Arts was revived and Huron was once again affiliated with the University. Even still, Huron College bore the greatest part of the financial burden for the University; Huron offered its spaces for the arts program and shared its faculty, often free of charge. In 1908, however, the administration of the University passed from the Anglican Church to an administrative board without religious affiliation. This allowed it to qualify for funding from several different levels of government, freeing Huron from the need to spend its operating capital funding two separate enterprises.

During this period of financial trouble Huron College continued to try to expand their operations. Huron College Principal Miller opened Huron College School, a preparatory school for students of good character. It opened in the autumn of 1893 with a great deal of excited buzz; the reality was less extraordinary, though. The prep school only attracted half of the students that they needed to sustain the place, making it an unacceptable burden when Huron College was more or less paying to keep The Western University open. At the same time, the conduct of the prep school’s students came into question, with complaints about them tying up the telephone and interrupting studies to shoot at birds. You can find similar complaints about students on social media today, of course, but it added to the burden that the prep school placed on Huron College. After the end of classes in 1895 Huron paid out the prep school’s headmaster and closed the school.

Into The 20th Century

The transfer of the cost of the University’s administration from the Anglican Church and Huron College to the provincial and municipal government freed up the College to pursue growth and expansion. Having decided that affiliation with the University meant the need to relocate to a position closer to the actual grounds of the University, a major search for adequate new lands was undertaken. The College Council formally heard these wishes in March of 1932 and approved. By Christmas of 1932 that new land had been found. The Huron College Council purchased 41 acres along Western Road that had been until then known as the Magee Property. This property, facing the existing Western University buildings, brought Huron College into the close proximity befitting its affiliation.

The Council’s purchase of the property set them to work to design a new, contemporary campus for Huron College. In May of 1934, O. Roy Moore’s design was shown off to the public with a great deal of hoopla. As it turned out, however, the design was perhaps a bit more over-the-top than Huron could manage at that time. It was the middle of the Great Depression, after all, and $250,000 in 1934 (approximately $4.7 million today) was nothing to sneeze at. Where did all the cost come from? Moore’s design was ambitious, to say the least. It was planned to be three stories tall, with a complete basement, a tower constructed from reinforced concrete, and a Gothic brick façade. Unfortunately, being a religious institution, the provincial and municipal governments of the day were unwilling to fund the expansion, and without a ready source of funding for the design it never saw the light of day. Moore’s second design, released in 1938, was more modest and in line with the times, and is the design that Huron College bears to this day.

Construction of Huron College’s new space began around the time the Second World War broke out and continued sporadically throughout the war years. After 1945 efforts ramped up, and by the middle of 1951 the construction of the campus had been completed. On November 8th, 1951, the Chapel of St. John the Evangelist – still a beautiful sight on the west side of Western Road – was dedicated. The following day, November 9th, Huron College’s new campus was officially opened in an ceremony led by John Lyons, Archbishop of Ontario, which was broadcast across the country. It was reported at the time that 3,000 people attended Archbishop Lyons’ opening ceremonies, with another 2,000 gathered outside because they could not fit into the building.

Education and the Post-War World

Before the Second World War, Ontario had been mired in the Great Depression; education was at a premium and was only really for those who could afford it through family grants or through other independent means of wealth. The end of the Second World War, and the flood of young men returning from war with ideas and expectations, led to a boom in the demand for education in the West. Ontario was certainly no exception. The clamour for new educational programs led to the creation of the Bachelor of Arts degree program at Huron College in 1956. Previous to this, degree programs at Huron were offered in English, French, History, and Philosophy, as well as theological training. The Bachelor of Arts program was highly successful; in 1974 the Faculty of Arts that oversaw the degree program became the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, which today offers a plethora of degree options within the umbrella of Arts and Social Science.

Shortly thereafter, Huron College received a new legislative purpose. On March 27th, 1958, The Huron College Act of 1958 received Royal Assent. This act laid out Huron College as a formal Arts and Theological College and reworked the governing structure into the framework that it operates under today. Out went the old Huron College Council. Replacing it were three institutional governing bodies: the Corporation, the Executive Board, and the Academic Council. Of these, the Executive Board had full power to appoint and dismiss the Huron College Principal and was no longer bound to the decisions of the Peache Trust, which had devolved to Dr. Hellmuth’s old Colonial and Continental Church Society.

Even as the College’s new official mandate changed the operation of the institution, society was waiting to change its daily life as well. On August 27th, 1957 the London Free Press reported that Marianne Chalk of Toronto was the first student to register at Huron College’s brand new women’s residence. Ms. Chalk had been a student at the University of Toronto before transferring to Huron College to complete her arts degree; she was in a class of 12 women, the first such class to ever attend Huron College. The official opening of the women’s residence happened on October 19th, 1963; this was Hellmuth Hall. Helmuth Hall provided on-campus housing for 82 women, plus a full apartment for the Women’s Warden.

The inclusion of women into campus life at Huron College was not entirely smooth; this, in retrospect, was to be expected, given the upheaval of the time and the religious nature of the institution. Two places were especially contentious for this changeover: eating areas and (naturally) sleeping areas. The campus snack bar was, when women first came to Huron College in the late 1950s, entirely run by the students. While this was a shining example of Huron students’ can-do spirit and sense of entrepreneurship, it ran into problems when it was decreed that women could only come into the Snack Bar between 9 and 9:30 PM on weeknights. Furthermore, when this restriction inevitably caused upheaval, the initial idea was to construct a completely separate snack bar just for women. By the early 1960s, mindful of public relations issues and issues of inherent fairness, the administration of Huron College took control of the snack bar and loosened the restrictions on it. That place – called Mary’s Snack Bar – was a Huron College fixture until the early 1990s, when it was replaced by the current Dining Hall. As an aside, when Western’s parking lots are full and you have to park at Huron College instead, Huron’s Dining Hall makes an excellent and convenient place to grab a snack.

In addition to dining issues, the temper of the times led to wrangling over residence issues. Curfews and visiting hours were a major area of concerns for staff and students. Generally speaking, members of the opposite sex were not allowed in a residence unless it was what was termed, for the 1950s and 1960s, Open House. Open House was a designated time when men and women were allowed to visit each other in-residence. Even then, the disparity of experience between men and women was marked. For the first few years Open House at Hellmuth Hall was only held on three Sundays per year, from 12:30 to 5:30 PM. In addition to this, women in the beginning were not allowed to eat meals with men in the Refectory. For the first several years a trolley brought meals to their own dining room, which was located in the basement of Hellmuth Hall. Even as the general liberalization of social mores occurred over the course of the next few decades, the religious origins of Huron College lingered. Huron residences did not become co-ed until 1998.

Huron College In The 21st Century

Huron College - 21st Century Classes

The growth of Huron College has followed suit alongside that of Western University. The name Huron College was officially expanded to Huron University College in 2000, to better represent their perceived position with regard to the University system as a whole. Today they offer classes to 1300 students, embedded into the overall system of Western University. Most of those students are enrolled in a degree program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, but Huron still maintains the Faculty of Theology, fulfilling its original mandate to provide a well-rounded theological education to the future clergy of the Anglican Church.

Every degree program offered at Huron is interesting in its own right, but there are three that should be highlighted in order to demonstrate the academic achievements inherent in a Huron College education. In 2008 the Macleans University Student issue found Huron College ranked at the very top for supportive campus environment, as well as overall student experience. That experience is based on their involvement and engagement with the specialized degree offerings Huron has, of which the following are arguably the most interesting.

Cutting Edge Learning

The Centre For Global Studies is really an umbrella heading for five separate degree streams: Globalization Studies, Global Development Studies, Global Culture Studies, Global Gender Studies, and Global Health Studies. These are designed to be five entry points for studies of global relations: “those that lead to understanding and addressing global inequalities; those that explore the global interrelations and conflicts of communities and their respective interests; those that reflect on the ideas and cultural expressions that structure the global; those that investigate the establishment and experience of gender within the global; and those that generate a broad perspective on issues relating to global health.”

The Centre For Global Studies shies away from being a typical academic department such that you would find at any other University. The emphasis for the Centre is on being a site for interdisciplinary studies and critical engagement. Its philosophy is that there’s one world, and the way in which we approach out understanding of that world will colour our perceptions of it, and affect the data that we gather from it. So it’s not just an amalgamation of politics, economics, history, society, culture, religion, ethnicity, and geography (although it is that), but it’s also a program that aims to get students to critically understand why they gather the data and form the ideas that they do. Learning about the globe is here both macro and micro: it involves learning about the globe, yes, but it also involves learning about the self, and, importantly, how the two interact. The Centre provides this through rigorous application of personally relevant material, strong training in academic research methods, and learning opportunities that reach outside the University and across the disciplinary aisle.

Huron College’s new major in Governance, Leadership, and Ethics is also a highly interesting, cutting-edge new degree program. An offshoot of the Political Science department of the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, the program in Governance, Leadership, and Ethics is meant to allow students to understand the full scope of issues and challenges that are inherent in modern global governance. Part of this is learning to develop the sort of knowledge and skills to provide global-level leadership in a way that is inclusive, accountable, and effective.

Like the Centre for Global Studies, the degree in Governance, Leadership, and Ethics is an interdisciplinary program that combines aspects of Political Science, Management & Organizational Studies, History, and Philosophy. Students are introduced to theories and models of governance in the modern global environment, and get a chance to view how those theories are practically implemented in both public and private settings in a variety of settings. Students are also shown theories behind principled leadership; this involves the process flow of making decisions and evaluating the effect of those decisions, including aspects of power, influence, the roles of followers, and the mitigating influences of citizenship. The degree program is finished with a final-year project that involves a major research component, which could take the form of a reading course, thesis, or even a community engagement project finalized with a written report.

Huron’s department of Management And Organizational Studies is somewhat similar to programs offered at other Universities (including at the main Western University campus itself). The Huron difference, though, is the combination of focused degree paths with a push toward experiential and community-based learning opportunities. So while students will organize into typical degree paths (Accounting, Finance and Administration, Organizational Studies, Policy and Ethics, and Management and Organizational Studies), their classroom studies are embedded into a real-life learning system that prepares them for real-world scenarios. Included in this is a requirement to understand the statistics that underlie decision-making paths and organizations, as well as an understanding of how business and government interact and interrelate from a policy perspective.

Besides the cutting-edge 21st Century course design in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, of course, there is the Faculty of Theology, still going as strongly today as it was when the College was first founded. One difference, though, is that the Faculty of Theology is no longer solely for the training of clergypersons. The Faculty itself states that “even if you’re not religious yourself, studying religion can help you understand the complex world we live in – since only 16% of the global population is religiously unaffiliated.” To this end, the Faculty of Theology has a major in Religion & Theology with focused paths that move beyond the Anglican Protestant roots of the College into the various popular religions of the world. For those wishing to go further and integrate their skills and knowledge with religious administration, Huron College offers a Masters degree in Theological Studies, with concentrations in Biblical Studies, Ethics, Comparative Religion, Congregational Ministry, Pastoral Advising, and Public Service.

For those who wish to follow the original path laid out by the College’s founders, Huron College still offers the Master of Divinity degree path. This program prepares the enrolled student for life as a minister, specifically in the Anglican Church, although they will accept students from any denominational background looking to be educated in the details of the Anglican faith. In keeping with this inclusive ideal, and with the global focus from the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, one of the requirements of the Master of Divinity program is a Transcultural Learning Experience. This out-in-the-community educational experience has taken students all over the globe, and Huron College makes a point of mentioning that there is funding available for travel and accommodation, where it may be necessary for the individual student. The Transcultural Learning Experience gives the student of theology access to the lived experience of the community they wish to integrate in, it exposes them to different expressions of faith, community, and worship than their own, and it gives the student some global context to bring into their own ministry with regard to themselves and their congregation.

In addition to undergraduate and graduate level degree programs in the Faculty of Theology, the faculty also operate the Centre For Public Theology, a university research centre established through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant for small universities. The Centre For Public Theology aims to “promote research and reflection,” and to connect the philosophy and spiritual thinking inherent in the Faculty of Theology to public life in the Canadian community. It is in a sense a foundation dedicated to applied theology.

Huron College

Huron College is the oldest post-secondary institution in London, Ontario, beating out the formation of Western University by several years. Beginning as an institution dedicated specifically to the study of Anglican theology, the addition of a Faculty of Arts led to a period of strength and sustained growth. That growth led the administration of Huron College to try their hand at opening a university, paving the way for the University of Western Ontario (now known as Western University). Today the College offers spaces for 1200 students, priding themselves on providing a small instructor-to-student ratio for a more enriched educational experience. In addition to the Faculty of Theology, operating under a similar mandate to the original vision of the College, the Faculty of Arts and Social Science offers a well-rounded liberal arts education. With an emphasis on applying real-world knowledge to the global environment, Huron College focuses on cutting-edge educational delivery to combine the latest theories with practical applications.


Western University Has Been Positively Impacting Our World’s Future Since 1878

Western University

People come from all over the world to attend the University of Western Ontario, and London is incredibly lucky to have such a fantastic educational institution in our city. Western brings a vibrant and booming culture to our great city, and of course it’s also great for our economy. Students fill up our downtown nightlife, and rental properties overflow with studying people who will be the next leaders of our world cramming for the next exam. Cafes get clogged with stressed out university students as exam time approaches and then the city seems to stand still during the dead quiet of exams. Malls, restaurants, and entertainment places burst at the seams during the breaks as students let loose and get away from the stress.

London Ontario is proud to be home to a top ranking University. It’s ranked in the top 10 of Canada, top 100 of North America, and top 200 in the world, which is incredible when you think that there are over 2800,000 to compare it to. It hosts 4,300 International students from 127 different countries, and is an incredibly diverse and inclusive school. The University of Western Ontario has helped establish an identity for London, as a university city, and we embrace it with both arms.

Western has so many options available for those who want to receive higher education. Whether you’re looking for a big, loud, fully loaded university experience, or are looking for smaller class sizes and more focused education, the University of Western Ontario has something for you. It’s a place that is full of students, staff, and faculty with so many different backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that you’re sure to find a place where you belong within the beautiful and large campus.

Western is located in the Masonville neighborhood of London, Ontario. It brings in people from all over the world who want to study at a university that believes in providing the best experience possible for their students and creating a learning environment that is respectful and focused on success.

Western has a rich history and is truly an incredible school when you dive deep and take a look at the past, the present, and the future of Western University. Everything that Western stands for, its rich history, the things that it has contributed to the world and to London, Ontario, and everything that it provides for its students makes it an incredible educational institution that is setting our future up for success.


Western University - Beliefs

The University of Western Ontario states this as their mission: Western creates, disseminates and applies knowledge for the benefit of society through excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. Our graduates will be global citizens whose education and leadership will serve the public good.

The Vision for the University of Western Ontario is as follows: Western will be a destination of choice for the world’s brightest minds seeking the best learning experience at a leading Canadian research university.

Western has been and always will be a leader in research, as they are constantly pushing the boundaries and transforming learning.


Western University - History

The University of Western Ontario has been part of London’s rich history since March 7th, 1878 when it was founded by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth. In 1881 The Western University of London Ontario (which is what it was named at the time) opened up to students. At that time it only had four faculties: Arts, Divinity, Law, and Medicine.

The first class graduated in 1883. Ever since then the University has been a booming learning center for people who wish to pursue higher education.

The Kingsmill family purchased the current campus in 1916. The Western University of London Ontario was renamed to The University of Western Ontario in 1923, and is still known by that name today, although most people just refer to it as “Western”.

Interestingly, in 1920 Sir Frederick Banting was sleeping at Western University when he woke up and wrote down the 25 words that led to the discovery of insulin.

Dr. Helen Battle joined Western’s Zoology department as an Assistant Professor in 1928. She was the first woman in Canada to earn a PhD in marine biology. She went on to become an award-winning teacher and researcher in her 40-year career.

The first French Immersion program in Canada, which still continues today, was established at Western in 1932.

Ivan Smith continued on the tradition of incredible discoveries happening at Western University when, in 1951, he developed the very first ‘cobalt bomb’ in the world, which helps to treat cancer. This discovery meant that the cure rate for cervical cancer went from 25 percent up to 75 per cent.

The University of Western Ontario has been a leader in wind engineering since 1965. Western opened the WindEEE Dome research facility and tests incredible structures, such as the World Trade Center, Sears Tower, and Jakara Tower.

Western University pushed innovation recently wehn Dr. Chil-Yong Kang received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration to start human clinical trials from an HIV vaccine that the Dr developed at Western in 2012. These trails were the first of their kind, proving that Western is a leader in medical advancement.

Today, The University of Western Ontario has over 36,000 students, three affiliated university colleges, 12 faculties (Arts & Humanities, Business, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Information & Media Studies, Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Music, Science, and Social Science), and over 400 specializations, majors and minors.


The University of Western Ontario is committed to being an educational institution that gives back to its community, its staff, its faculty and its students. The university is committed to giving everyone who wants higher education the chance to have a positive learning experience. Because of this, the university has five main initiatives that it has committed to.

Western University - Initiatives

Mental Wellbeing

As an innovator and leader in the medical field, Western University understands the importance of mental wellness. It offers a wide variety of counselling services, such as grief counselling, group counselling and individual counselling. Western also offers their students, faculty, and staff multiple mental health resources.


Western University believes in being accessible and barrier free to any and everyone who wants to pursue an education, visit, or career at the University of Western Ontario. Because of that, there are services, groups, and committees dedicated to ensuring that all people have equal access to any and all services and facilities that they need.

Student Accessibility Services are there to ensure that all academic programs are accessible for all students, both graduate and undergraduate. They will help to make arrangement for class,  internship and exam accommodations. The Student Accessibility Services will also provide things like digital textbooks, Braille textbooks, campus transportation and learning strategy instructions for any students with disabilities that need it. Western also has computer labs with assistive technology.

For employees at Western University, Rehabilitation Services has three consultants to help minimize the impact that disability can have throughout the organization and promote health and wellness. Those consultants consist of an Ergonomic and Return to Work Consultant, an Ergonomics Consultant and a Wellness Coordinator. They can help facilitate with sick leave, long-term disability, and can help with the transition back into work, when the time comes.

Safe Campus

One of Western’s main initiatives is to create a learning environment that is safe and respectful. The Safe Campus Community is made up campus partners who offer resources and services to all members, both students, staff and faculty of the University in order to keep the campus safe.

Promoting and maintaining a safe and respectful working and learning environment at Western is a shared responsibility. The Safe Campus Community is an initiative of campus partners offering services and resources to members of the University community focused on keeping our campus safe.

Western looks at creating a safe campus by tackling these 5 issues: Environmental Safety, Physical Safety, Emotional Safety, Cyber Safety, and Sexual Violence Safety.


Western has members on campus that are equipped with the resources needed to create a culture of safe and healthy environment. They help everyone to understand how to prevent accidents on campus, and keep the campus safe for all to work and learn.


Western has resources and services available to to ensure that online information and resources are kept safe. Some of those services includes information about known phishing attempts on campus, CyberSmart information to help you learn how to keep your computer safe and your valuable information is protected, Information Security Reference Tool that helps everyone understand information security awareness and protections, and the Information Technology Services, which supports that campus community.


Western is dedicated to having a campus is free of violence for all. The Campus Community Police Service go on patrols, respond to incidents, have crime prevention, fire safety, and emergency management services for everyone on campus. Being Aware is a resource that has tips for personal and community safety. Crime Alerts are used by Campus Police to inform 

members of the campus community about issues and situations that could affect personal safety.

The Work Safe Program is a great program for anyone who is studying or working late on campus. The program is totally free, and anyone can register. Once you register you can establish check in times. If within five minutes after the check in time you have not called to check in, police will be sent to check on your welfare.

Western Foot Patrol is another great program for physical safety on the campus. They have co-ed teams made up of one male and one female. Any time someone wishes to be escorted to their car, or the bus stop, or to wait for a ride, they can connect with Western Foot Patrol and request an escort team. This is really great for those late night study sessions. They also patrol the campus for safety.

The Student Emergency Response Team can provide first-aid response to anyone on campus that needs it.


Western promotes a campus that is free of harassment and discrimination by providing services, tools, and resources that help to make a campus that thrives on a culture of respect. These services and resources include: Mental Health @ Western, Equity & Human Rights Services, Student Development Centres, Student Health Services, Indigenous Services, Office of the Ombudsperson, and the Affiliate Colleges Harassment & Discrimination Services.

Sexual Violence

Western University will not stand for sexual violence and will certainly not tolerate it. The University of Western Ontario has a Policy on Sexual Violence, as well as procedures on how to respond to sexual violence, how to support victims and members of the campus community, and are committed to those things, no matter where the incident of sexual violence has occurred.


The University of Western Ontario has woven sustainability into multiple facets of everyday life on campus. Promoting and educating on sustainability is an integral part to their main initiatives. They do this by incorporating responsible practices in all areas of the University. They believe in minimizing their impact on the environment and being a helpful part of the London Community.

The next global leaders are sitting in University classes today, and as an educational institution, Western wants to give students the knowledge, tools, and habits that are so essential to making sure that we’re creating a sustainable future.

Since Western is an incredible research facility, they’re also committed to researching and discovering solutions for the most pressing issues that is impacting our world environmentally.

Western wants to make sure that our great earth is healthy and stays healthy for its citizens to enjoy for years and years to come.


Openness and transparency in all operations is one of Western’s biggest foundations. As an institution of education, they feel that they are accountable to the people of Ontario and Canada. They take tremendous efforts to ensure that they are providing information and insights into the practices and activities. They monitor their performances in all areas that they serve. Western makes their Strategic Plans, which outline the University’s vision, mission, and goals, public knowledge and is one tool that they use to stay accountable to the public. Their annual publication, Performance and Activities Indicators Report, is another tool that they use to stay accountable.

Campus Life

The student experience is more than just what you learn in the classroom. At the University of Western Ontario, students get the opportunity to enjoy a rich and fulfilling student experience. There are many benefits to being a Western student. From clubs and organizations to the amenities offered on campus, there are a lot of great reasons to feel Western Mustang Pride.

Western University - Campus Life

Arts & Culture

Western University is steeped in Arts and Culture. From galleries, theatres, auditoriums, and performance centers, Western has so many places for students to connect with and interact with art.


Artlab Gallery is such an integral component of the Department of Visual Arts. It’s a visually intriguing gallery that focuses on pieces and projects that are responses to social and cultural issues. The gallery includes visual art in a wide range of mediums.

The McIntosh Gallery is a university-based public art gallery, whose purpose is to present and dive into the more advanced research and practices in both art history and visual art. It’s a gallery that is meant for teaching and research nad is meant to serve the students, the faculty, as well as the London community. They use exhibitions, educational programs and special events to promote innovative projects and engagement with visual art and artists.

Performance Centres

The Paul Davenport Theatre (which used to be called the Talbot Theatre) has more than 200 performances each year. These performances range from instrumental concerts and opera to renowned guest artist performances and the lively routines of local dance troops. More than 32,000 people attend the performances in this 400-seat theatre.

The von Kuster Hall was named to honor the very first dean of the Faculty of Music, Clifford von Kuster. This hall is mostly used for chamber music and small ensembles. It’s also often used for undergraduate and graduate credit recitals. The hall has also been praised for its use as a recording venue.

The Spoke and The Wave host incredible musical events throughout the year. From country nights, to Battle of the Bands, students are able to catch live musical performances at their favorite hangouts.

Auditoriums and Theatres

McKellar Room, UCC is the University’s movie theatre. They have a fully operational snack bar, including fresh and daily made popcorn, nachos, and ice cold slushies, with prices that won’t empty out your bank account, unlike regular theatres, and have cheap ticket prices as well.

Althouse Auditorium functions throughout the academic year as an instructional space, but is also used for dance troops, theatrical performances, concerts, and variety shows when it’s not needed for learning.

Western University - Campus Life - Auditoriums and Theatres

Athletics & Recreation

Wellness, athletics, and physical recreation is an integral part of campus life. Because of this, Western University is fully equipped with many ways for students to stay healthy, get fit, de-stress, and relax and unwind from the pressures of student life.

The Student Recreation Centre is a state-of-the-art facility to give the best student experience possible. It has an aquatic facility, which includes a 50-meter pool, which has 8 swimming lanes and a diving board. There is an accessibility lift into the pool so that no students are excluded.

The Recreation Centre also has a fitness center which has cardio equipments, stretching space, and a weight area as well. There are over 200 pieces of equipment in this 19,000 square-foot space.

There are also five gymnasia within the Recreation Centre, three of which have sprung hardwood flooring, whereas the other two have poured athletic resilient flooring. These gyms are multi-purpose use.

The lounge space within the Recreation Centre is a place for students to relax and unwind. It has wifi and table tennis. The multi-purpose studios are great for dancing, as they have sprung hardwood flooring, dance barres, mirrors, and millwork benches.

The Recreation Centre also has five squash courts and a wellness suite. The wellness suite is a private area that has massage tables, hand sinks, and a small reception space.

Of course you cannot talk about Athletics at Western without talking about the Western Mustangs. The games are a great way for students to show their Western Pride and enjoy  much-needed breaks from studying. The Mustangs make the University proud by winning trophies and awards and have been since 1878.

Career Services

The University of Western Ontario wants all of their students to succeed in life beyond the university walls. Because of this, there are so many opportunities, support services, and information that students are given access to.

One of the amazing support services offered to Western students is the Student Success Centre, which helps to facilitate and develop personal and career growth. They offer career counseling, career exploration, events and workshops, career fairs, daily drop-in resume centers, interview preparation, and even networking help. They’ll help you figure out what career path is the best fit for you, and then help you develop the tools needed to get there.

Western also has the Career Central, which is an online career portal that gives students the resources and tools that they’ll need when searching for and developing skills for their future careers.

They also have their HireWesternU campaign where they work hard to show potential employers the benefits of hiring a Western graduate.

Lastly, there are a lot of options and opportunities for students to find jobs and careers working at Western University.

Clubs & Associations

Western Ontario offers students a large variety of different clubs and associations. In fact, there are over 180 different clubs, which means that there is something for everyone to belong to.

Computer Support

Western Technology Services makes getting online and getting help for any kind of technology issue fast and easy. There are resources available for those who need to learn how to keep their identity and information safe. There is also a drop in counter, and help by phone for students having technical issues.

Western University - Computer Support


Western believes that any and all people should have access to higher education, if they wish to pursue it. Not only that, but any student should have the right to an inclusive and and respectful campus and learning experience. Because of this, there are multiple clubs, organizations, policies and services were specifically created to support a rich and diverse student body. Everyone is welcomed at Western, period.

Food & Dining

Students need to be well fueled in order to survive the stressful and busy university lifestyle. Because of that, there are over 28 different eateries on campus, scattered throughout 12 different buildings. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a quick, fresh bite to grab on the run or if you’re looking for a place to relax and eat while you decompress from your day, or if you’re looking for a more formal atmosphere for a business lunch, you’re going to find what you need right on campus. And, of course, Western has high standards for the quality of food that they serve their students, so you’re going to be eating well at Western.

The Green Leaf Cafe in the Somerville House at Western is an amazing dining option. They provide incredible food in a sustainable manner. They support local farmers and growers, so you know that you’re going to get the freshest and best ingredients there. They even have eight honey bee hives right there on campus, so you can buy local and unpasteurized honey in the cafe.

The Grad Club is known for it’s amazing lager beer, and for new graduates drinking from “the goblet”, which is a long-standing tradition. It has amazing meals, and fun social nights, such as Trivia Tuesdays, and Wednesday night Board Game Nights and Paint Nite.

Of course no Western experience is complete without grabbing a bite to eat at both The Spoke and The Wave, which are quintessential dining experiences for students.

For residence dining, you’re going to get delicious food on a six week menu rotation, so you’re not going to get bored of the same old food all the time. Also, there is something for everyone, including vegan and gluten-free options.

Health & Wellness

The health and wellness of students is a very important part of campus life. Student Health Services provides medical care, counselling and psychiatry, birth control information, allergy injections and immunizations, and sexually transmitted disease testing.

The medical care includes assessment and treatment for urgent issues as well as booking for non-urgent issues. Students are welcomed to ask for a specific gender in their doctor if that would make them feel more comfortable. There is a pharmacy on site as well.

Health and Wellness goes beyond physical care, so Western also offers counselling services, as well as multiple mental health resources and tools. They also offer crisis contact information for those who need help right away.

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Family Support

Western is a University that believes in higher education for anyone who wants that, which includes those with children. There are breastfeeding station and baby change tables throughout the campus for those who need it. There is University Childcare available, both full  and part time, for those who need it. UCC Flexible Childcare is another option for those with children.

Western knows that those with kids need the ability to relax and unwind just as much as those without, so there are different events year-round that are family friendly, including the Western Mustang Kids Club, summer and March break camp, concerts, and stargazing in the observatory.

Safety & Police

Safety is of the utmost importance at the University of Western Ontario. They have the Campus Police to keep staff, faculty, and students safe. There is also Fire Safety and Emergency Management to keep the campus and everyone on it safe and sound. The Student Emergency Response Team are responders that provide event coverage and are First Aid Certified. They’re able to respond in emergency situations as well.

Shopping & Retail

Everything from Western swag to books for your courses are available on Campus in the different shops. The Bookstore, Campus Computer Store, Books Plus, The Purple Store, and Graphic Services is there for students to find what they need throughout their time on campus.

Transportation & Parking

With such a large campus and multiple building, Western has plenty of parking lots available for its staff, faculty and students. Not only that, but there are multiple LTC buses that go throughout the campus, making public transportation an easy choice for students. There are shuttle buses that is completely free to students that can take you around campus and to the sister university colleges.


Western University - Academics

The University of Western Ontario is a renowned and large university that is dedicated to providing students with the best learning experience possible. They have more than 400 combinations of majors, minors, and specializations, which gives students an incredible array of options for where they want their studies to take them, and where they want their careers to go. Western is committed to hiring the best faculty to give their students an incredible experience.

In terms of programs, they offer more than 90 undergraduate, 70 master’s, and 50 docrotal. They also offer continuing studies programs, distance studies programs, and exchange programs so that students can get the best choice for their learning experience.

Western has three affiliated university colleges: Brescia, Huron, and Kings. These affiliated colleges allow for unique learning experiences, while also giving Western-quality education. Any main campus Western students are able to take courses offered at affiliated colleges, and visa versa.

Western has incredible teaching hospitals that provide both for the community and for those who are entering into the medical field to learn from. There are also incredible research institutes that Western University is connected with as well, including Robarts Research Institute, Lawson Health Research Institute, London Regional Cancer Program, and Children’s Health Research Institute.

Ivey Business School

London’s Ivey School of Business is one of the top ranked business schools in the world

Ivey Business School

Ivey School of Business is a world renowned school that is revered for its case-study method of teaching and learning. Their style of hands-on learning that forces students to develop incredible critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving skills is one of the best for producing graduates who can handle real-world business issues and have the leadership skills and confidence to bring incredible success to whatever business venture they enter. Ivey ensures that all of their graduates are fully equipped to handle the ever-changing and fast-paced business world, even on a global level.

Students who graduate from Ivey are quick to find employment as they have learned top-notch leadership skills, and incredible critical thinking skills. Not only that, but Ivey takes a great interest in setting their students up for success in life after school. Career Management is woven into student’s lives during their years at Ivey. Career guidance is simply part of the learning experience so that by the time they get their degrees, they have high-paying careers within months.

London is incredibly lucky to have one of the world’s top ranked business schools right here in our amazing city. It means that we’re producing the world’s best leaders. We are equipping our great city with the success that we need to have our business thrive and succeed in our rapidly-changing world. Ivey is giving London, and the world, incredibly prepared leaders who are adaptable and have amazing critical thinking.

Ivey is located in the Masonville area of London and is one of the best establishments of our city that we can be proud of. We truly are creating the future within this amazing school.


Ivey Business School - Old Image

The now prestigious Ivey School of Business started in 1922 in the basement of the Western’s University College.

Before the school ever came to fruition, back in 1919, Dr. W. Sherwood Fox, who was the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science and Dr. K.P.R. Neville, of the University Registrar, looked into options for teaching Commerce and Business. There was a demand for it from First World War veterans. The two created comprehensive studies of all of the business courses that Universities offered in North America. They decided through their findings that the case-study method that Harvard used was the most effective teaching style for Business. Ellis H. Morrow was a Harvard Graduate. He became the Head of the Department of Commercial Economics, Faculty of Arts (which gets a name change in 1927 to the Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Arts). Morrow travels to Harvard Business School for more training.

In 1923 the very first class (of only 6) graduate with degrees in Honours Business Administration (HBA) for business administration.

Then in 1948 there was a meeting at Western to determine if a National School of Business Administration is needed in Canada. In attendance of this meeting was the country’s top 100 CEOs and Presidents. In this meeting they established an Advisory committee and then started figuring out how to get an MBA degree program, and Executive Education program, and a PhD program.

They were successful and in the fall of that year, Canada’s first MBA program started.

In 1948. Canada’s first Executive program started, which was the Management Training Course (MTC). It combined both the Western and Harvard faculty.

Then in 1950, The School of Business Administration finally became a separate entity within Western and Lloyd W. Sipherd was appointed the Dean of it.

In 1951 the school finally upgraded from the basement of Western and moved to its first building, which was a former residence building near King’s College.

Richard G. Ivey then led an effort in 1957 to raise the funds to build an actual building for the School of Business Administration on Western’s campus. When the building was built and opened, it honoured Richard’s amazing work by carrying his name and becoming the name we all know it by now.

The Family

Ivey Business School - Ivey Family London Room

The family that has left behind such an incredible legacy have done so much for business education in London, Ontario, and in Canada. The Ivey Business School is renowned around the globe and would not be possible without the generosity and hard work of this incredible family.

Richard G. Ivey

Ivey Business School - The Ivey Family - Richard G. Ivey

The man that the school was named after was a true businessman, a lawyer, and was generous in his philanthropy. It’s him that he school is named after. He was the very first Chairman of the Advisory Committee. The committee played a crucial role in helping the school become a seperate faculty from Western and become the first national school of business.

He also helped raise the money for the actual physical building for the school. He also financed the first Management Training Course, the first PhD program in Business, as well as the first Canadian MBA program. His passion for learning and education was always apparent in his generosity.

His philanthropy also stretched to the School’s Research Fund and the Plan for Excellence (the later has actually placed Ivey in as a Business School in a leadership position within Canada), both of which he donated to.

He was granted an honorary Doctor of Law degree by the University to recognize all of his outstanding contributions.

In 1947 Richard G Ivey and his Son Richard M Ivey founded the Richard Ivey Foundation, which has given more than $56 million through this private charitable foundation.

Richard was Chairman of the Advisory Committee and only left that position when he was elected as University’s Chancellor in 1955. He kept that position in 1961.

Richard G. Ivey passed in 1974.

Richard M. Ivey

Ivey Business School - The Ivey Family - Richard M. Ivey

Richard took after his father in more than just his name. He too became a lawyer and was a generous philanthropist.

He attended both Ridley College, and the University of Western Ontario, the latter is where he got his Honors Business Administration degree. During his time at Western, he was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity.

Richard M also took after his father when he served as chancellor from 1980-1984. He was also made a member of the Order of Canada in 1988. After that he was promoted to Officer in 1994 and then to Companion in 2000.


Ivey Business School Emblem

Ivey Business School has created quite the name for itself across the globe. It has an amazing reputation for its teaching and research and the Alumni have proved time and time again that Ivey churns out incredibly talented students that excel and succeed in the business world. The school’s accomplishments are many and are impressive and are the reason why London Ontario is proud to have Ivey Business School in our great city.

Ivey’s MBA program has the highest salaries three years after graduation out of all of the Canadian business schools, according to the 2018 Financial Times Ranking. From 2014-2017, Bloomberg Businessweek granted Ivey Business School the number one MBA program spot in all of Canada.

Bloomberg Businessweek did a recruiter survey in 2015 and found that the MBA graduates from Ivey were ranked first in these skills: leadership, collaboration, communication, and strategic thinking. These skills are always on the top of employers lists of what they’re looking for, but are not often skills easily found.

The Economist, in 2017, ranked Ivey in the top ten in the whole world for Education Experience and Career Services, and ranked the MBA program as number one in Canada.

For the Wharton-QS Stars ReImagine Education Awards in 2015, Ivey won bronze in the category for Nurturing Employability.

Ivey Alumni have a high chance of holding the title of Chair, President, C-Suite, Vice-President, Managing Director, or Partner in their careers. In fact, 52% of all Ivey Alumni hold one of those titles.

The school has a 92% career placement rate for 2015’s MBA class.

Ivey Business School has maintained a top Canadian business thought and management practice publication (the Ivey Business Journal) for over 80 years.

19 of Ivey’s alumni are spearheading Profit 100 Fastest-Growing Companies

Ivey was the first to open a permanent international business school campus in Hong Kong.

Culture and Beliefs

Ivey Business School

The Ivey Mission: “To develop business leaders who think globally, act strategically, and contribute to the societies in which they operate.”

Ivey believes in upholding the reputation that the school has been building since 1922. Because of that, in 2007 they started to do a pledging ceremony in which students agree to their role and responsibility to carry on the good name of Ivey and be an ambassador for all that it stands for. The students receive an individually numbered Ivey ring with this pledge as a symbol.

Ivey is a big supporter of diversity. From faculty to students, they pride themselves in supporting different ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds, beliefs and sexual orientations. They actively seek out diverse faculty to provide students with an incredible learning experience from gifted and high-function members of faculty.

Invey has cultivated a culture that is accepting and a safe space for members of the LGBTQ+ community, and have an LGBTQ student club.

Ivey is also incredibly supportive of having women leaders and equipping them with the keys to success. They want to see powerful and successful business women out there in the world making a difference.

Sustainability is also part of Ivey’s core beliefs. We only get one earth and Ivey believes in doing what we can to reduce our footprints and keep this earth healthy. They used sustainable building practices and created an amazingly green building for their school.

Giving back and contributing to education is another big part of Ivey’s culture. Alumni stay connected with the school and give time, talent, or resources to the school because they have fostered a culture that believes in what the school does and stands for and once you’ve been through it, you cannot help but want to give back to the institution that brought you were you are in your career.


Ivey Business School Programs

Ivey offers students world-class teaching and incredible learning experiences. Students have access to world-renowned faculty who are leading experts and will get to experience the Harvard-approved method of case-study learning. Graduates will face the world with confidence and will be well equipped with the leadership skills and business fundamentals that is going to make them an incredible candidate for whatever career path they’re choosing.


Ivey Business School - Programs - HBA

Most of the business programs out there are going to give students very narrow specialization opportunities, and start you off in those specializations early. Ivey does things a little differently. The HBA program at Ivey is designed to provide all students with leadership skills and essentials that every manager out there needs to acquire. After your first HBA year, if you want to specialize in something, then Ivey does have you covered in that area.

You won’t find the opportunity to explore such a vast number of different career paths in any other undergraduate business program like you can find with Ivey. They believe in equipping the future leaders in the business world with the essentials needed to take on any role, in any industry, anywhere on this great globe that you want to go.

In the 2017 Employment Report for HBA graduates, Ivey had a 94% placement rate (in only three months!) for students who were looking for jobs. Of that 94%, 78% of them were school-facilitated job offers. The average starting salary of those students was $68,873. These new careers took place in 26 different industries, which goes to show that no matter what you want to do, Ivey’s HBA course can help you get there. They also found that of the 616 students in the 2017 class, 40% of those students were women!

While it differs year to year, Ivey is able to award approximately $2.2 million in scholarships and bursaries to their HBA students.


Ivey Business School - Programs - MBA

This program is perfect for people who want to achieve career goals in less time. This is a 12-month program that focuses on real world, action-oriented, and practical learning experiences that can translate to the challenges and difficulties that students will face in real-world business.

This program is rated as the top MBA program in canada and was in the top 10 Alumni Network on a global scale. They have over 24,500 alumni from this program in over 106 countries, which means that you’re going to be building global connections, finding incredible mentorship, and will create incredible friendships.

The MBA program has smaller class sizes, which means that you’re going to be able to get to know all of your classmates, feel the strong ties of a tight-knit community, and will get more attention and time from the faculty.

The placement rate for the MBA program is 91%. The average starting salary (including signing bonuses) is $103,560.

The first six months of the program are spent creating the foundations of core knowledge and business fundamentals that are necessary for any business person. Some of those essential courses include communicating effectively, leading people and organizations, decision making with analytics, leveraging information technology and developing and executing strategies.

After that students will transition into their career-focused electives. An optional part of this phase in the course is the option to participate in a study trip to China or South America, and the option to volunteer to teach/provide consultations about business in China or Eastern Europe. Students will also be participating in real-world projects in this half of the course where you can work with a real company on an issue and present your findings to that company.

Throughout your entire 12 months, you’ll be connected with Career Advisors, as Career Management is woven throughout the program and is a big part of the MBA.

Executive MBA

Ivey Business School - Programs - Executive MBA

So…MBA or EMBA?! Well, the Executive MBA is for mid-late career executives who are looking to accelerate their career and further develop their expertise and knowledge. This program is meant for people who have at least eight years of experience in their career. It’s designed to give you higher levels of success for your own career and for your organization.

Since this program is meant for people who are already established, it’s meant to fit into an already busy lifestyle. It’s 15 months, but only 4 days a week, with approximately 25 hours for each week. The classes happen in the Toronto campus in the heart of the financial district, downtown.

This program is divided into three terms. The first term (Leading and Thoughtful Analysis) is all about re-establishing the foundations of leadership and management and then building on them. The classes include: Winning through Marketing Management, Competing with Analytics, Information Systems, Leading, and Management Accounting and Control.

The second term (Leading and Creating Value) is focuses on the foundations of operations, finance and change. The courses include operations, sustainability, entrepreneurship, managing financial resources, strategic analysis and action, and leading action and change.

The third term (Leading Globally) combines what you learned in the first two terms and gets you thinking about them in a global context. This term has optional study trip at Silicon Valley or Mexico City. Courses include global environment of business, international strategic financial planning, global marketing planning, global strategy, and discovery expedition.

Accelerated MBA

Ivey Business School - Programs - Accelerated MBA

The Accelerated MBA is for Ivey HBA graduates who want to also get their MBA. It’s a condensed eight month course that builds on the fundamentals you learned in HBA and helps you develop and hone your leadership abilities. By using case studies and real-world projects, students will be challenged in ways that simulate real struggles and issues that they will face in their careers, which will equip them with the problem-solving, analysis, and leadership skills that they’ll need to succeed.

Just like the regular MBA, students will have the chance to participate in the optional study trip to China and South East Asia, or volunteer in China or Eastern Europe with teaching and business consulting. And they will also have access to Career Advisors throughout the course as part of the Career Management aspect of the MBA.

Every student that applies for this program will be considered for scholarships and awards. Those scholarships and awards range from $5,000 to almost half of your tuition.

MSc in Management

Ivey Business School - Programs - MSc in Management

The Master of Science in Management is a 16 month program for undergraduates with two options. You can head in the MSc in Management in Business Analytics route, or you can go the MSc In Management In International Business route. Either course is going to be an incredible experience with real-world case studies that will help students to develop incredible leadership skills and kick start their careers.

Part of the MSc in Management course is an 8 week placement program where students will get the chance to investigate future career paths and have real work experiences in those fields.

Business Analytics students will fine-tune their data-driven decision making skills and will get to have real-world experiences within the Ivey Analytics Lab. Students will learn about programming skills, risk analysis, and data analytics. This course has a 95% job placement rating and the average starting salary for those with this degree is $68,762.

The International Business students will be learning in an incredibly diverse classroom. The real-world case studies will have an international focus, and students will get to take part in the Ivey Global Lab. This course has an 89% job placement rating (within the first three months after graduation), and the average starting salary is $62,135.

The Ivey MSc is a direct-entry program requiring no previous full-time work experience. The program is designed to build on your previous undergraduate experience and prepare you for international career interests in an ever-evolving, multicultural business world.

Executive Education

Ivey Business School - Programs - Executive Education

Executive Education is incredible management training that is offered in two different formats: Programs for Individuals and Teams, and Custom Programs for Organizations. The purpose of this education is to develop and strengthen business intelligence and leadership capabilities.

For individuals and teams, there are over 20 programs available. Some of the programs included are: Women in Leadership, Strategic Leadership: Transform Your Business by Leveraging Disruption, Marketing: Understanding Your Consumer, Design Thinking: Driving Innovation, Crisis Preparation & Damage Control, Ivey First-Time Manager Program, and Finance for Non-Financial Professionals.

Successful completion of these programs will earn you a digital artifact (which is basically like an online badge) that can be displayed on social media, electronic portfolios, websites, email signatures, and on professional networks. You’ll also receive a certificate of completion.

Classes are set up to be engaging, hands on, and interactive experiences. You’ll be learning by doing and by using case studies. These classes are not about textbooks and lectures. You’re going to gain the confidence and knowledge that you’ll need in your career.

For corporations, governments and non-profits, Ivey will design and execute a completely unique and customized development and training program, which will be tailored to what your company needs. They’ll either look at your existing or help you develop if you don’t a competency profile. They will incorporate your management team’s language throughout the process, will make sure that the executives are brought along in the process, and will help you select what assessment tools are best for you (or use yours, if you already have them established).

You’ll be led by amazing faculty and will have dedicated program managers to keep the process organized and to support the client. Since Ivey believes in hands-on learning, that is what you’ll get. The program will be based on participation and is interactive.


Ivey Business School - Programs - PhD

Getting your PhD in Business from Ivey is going to be an intense 4-5 years in a full-time research-based program. But once you’ve completed the program and received your PhD, you will have graduated from a top research university in the world.

The program starts off with a statistic boot camp. Then, for the rest of the two years, students will be taking classes (statistics, method training, seminars, foundational courses), working on research, making presentations at conferences, writing for publications, and connecting with other like minded academics from other universities. Students then write a comprehensive exam at the end of the summer.

Years 3+ is the time for working on and submitting your thesis. It’s also time when students are able to teach. Students will be mentored by faculty as they decide on and create their thesis proposal, as well as when they write their thesis paper.

Pre-Ivey Experiences

Ivey Business School 0 Programs - Pre-Ivey Experiences

For those who want to have an Ivey experience before ever entering into a program with Ivey, there are plenty of incredible options. These options “give a taste” of the Ivey experience, to explore if it’s right for you.

Ivey Summer Leadership Program

For the high-achievers looking for new experiences, this is one that will challenge you and take your leadership skills to a whole new level. It’s a face-paced learning experience that includes hearing from incredible speakers, working with Ivey faculty, and team projects.

It’s available for students going into grade 10, 11, and 12. It’s a nine day program that gives you a taste of what Ivey’s HBA is all about. Students will live like a university student by staying at Western’s Ontario Hall and eating and sleeping like a university student. Students will get to have on-site visits with different companies in London to get some hands-on learning. They will also participate in team building activities, and 2-day case competitions. It’s an incredible experience that will leave students with a hunger to excel and succeed.

High School Students at Ivey HBA

High school students who know that they want to attend the HBA program at Ivey can apply for the Advanced Entry Opportunity (AEO). Normally people apply for HBA after two years of University at Western (or another affiliated school). But exceptional high school students can have their future secured by getting into the AEO.

Those with 90%+ average in Grade 12, have completed a mathematics course for university-bound students, and those who have shown incredible leadership in their community and extracurricular activities can apply for the AEO. They apply when they’re applying for their first year at Western.

If accepted, they must maintain their AEO status through their first two years of university by keeping up their overall average and making sure to take the prerequisite courses to Business Administration.

Business Foundations Courses

For any full-time and part-time Western students in any faculty, Ivey’s Business Foundation courses are available to take! If any students are interested in learning about business, or for students who want to attend Ivey’s HBA program, then this is a great option for them. There are many courses available, which will help students to learn business fundamentals and sharpen their skills, and figure out if Business is the right course for them.

Ivey High School Case Competitions

For grade 11 students who are motivated and have an interest in exploring business, they have the chance to participate in an incredible competition. Students in the competition get placed into teams (randomly chosen) of 4+ students, all from other schools. They will get a run-through of a practice case and then will be given the best tips on how to approach case-studies. The teams will then be given a brand-new case study that they have never seen before.

After the three hours, the teams will stand before a panel of judges and present their solution to the case. The teams will be narrowed down to the top 2-3. Those teams will get the chance to present their solutions again, in front of the entire group of participants and judges. The winning team is then announced.

Complimentary Cases for Secondary School Classrooms

Ivey is well known around the world and is revered for the Case-Study Method of learning. In fact, Ivey is a top publisher of business cases worldwide, coming in second only to Harvard. So Ivey has case studies available to secondary school teachers, absolutely free of charge, so that teachers can bring this revolutionary experience into the high school classroom.

Beyond Schooling

Ivey Business School

Ivey is a business school, but it offers so much more than just a learning experience for students. Everyone and every company can benefit from the intense, hands-on learning that Ivey provides. Since Ivey’s goal is to develop leaders who think globally and strategically, that does not stop inside of the classroom. Ivey offers many options for professionals and businesses who wish to be the best leaders possible, to create an organization that will thrive, or need some real-world guidance. These are some of the options offered to businesses, teams, and/or individuals:

Corporate Retreats

Ivey Business School - Beyond Schooling - Corporate Retreats

Corporate retreats can be amazing tools for your leadership and your organization. The Ivey Academy corporate retreat is going to give you next-level skills and problem-solving as you bond with your team over strategic issues that impact your organization. Everything is taken care of for you in this two and a half-day retreat. They’ll organize meals, speakers, sessions, and social/team-building time.You’ll be lead by an experienced and incredible management team.

Ivey’s faculty rate among the top 10 around the globe, and their teaching methods and materials also sit among the best of the best in the world.

The entire thing will be housed at The Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, which gives businesses an incredible setting. The center is in a stunning manor that has 30 acres of incredibly beautiful landscape. It has 125 guest suites where you and your staff can stay, 14,000 square feet of event space that are meant to make the most out of every meeting, cycling trails, hiking trails, five different restaurants, a fitness centre, and a high-ropes team-building course. There is even free parking.

Executive Coaching

Ivey Business School - Beyond Schooling - Executive Coaching

Ivey-certified coaches are experts in the industry and are available to be integrated into any team, organization or situation. They help to elevate performance, provide support to leaders, and reach full potential. Coaches are experts in mentoring skills, developing talent internally, creating succession plans that are effective, encouraging leadership and delegation skills, conflict management, strategic thinking, creating organizational culture that is thriving and resilient, and the challenges that the executive team may face.

Talent Assessment Tools

Ivey Business School - Beyond Schooling - Talent Assessment Tools

Organizations need to have a clearly defined competency model to measure employees against in order to show the behaviors and skills required for success within a role or progress within the organization. It also helps organizations to hire and promote. You can create this through robust assessment tools. Organizations that use assessment tools have lower employee turnovers, increased engagement within their employees, more productivity, and higher success rates.

These assessment tools are also useful for individuals to have self-awareness of strengths, weaknesses and personality nuances. Self-aware leaders can be empowered to make better choices and achieve better success.

The assessment tools that they offer are: Leadership skills profile, leadership character insight assessment, mindful leadership training, simple succession planning workshop, multidimensional emotional intelligence assessment, the hogan personality inventory, the leadership wheel, and the sigmaraduis 360 assessment.

Learning & Develop Advisory and Instructional Design Services

Ivey Business School - Beyond Schooling - Learning & Develop Advisory and Instructional Design Services

Are your organizations prepared to meet your long-term objectives? Is your organization set up for successful succession? The goal of this is to help your employees be prepared for their current roles, as well as helping to prepare them and develop their skills for possible future roles.

They’ll start with assessing and analyzing your organization’s needs, they’ll help you define your organization’s values, and figure out what your organization’s deliberate culture should be. They’ll then help you figure out the leadership profiles of what your organization needs. Next, they will help to identify and develop potential employees. They’ll help you identify key competencies that your employees will need in order for your organization to be successful.

Next, they’ll assess your employees to identify strengths and areas of opportunity for their development. Then they will help you with succession planning to create a pool of leadership talent that is prepared and willing to step up and assume roles once those roles are required.

Lastly, career development, which includes coaching, mentoring, assessments, and job rotations.


Richard Ivey Building

Ivey Business School - Campuses - Richard Ivey Building

Location: In the Medway Neighborhood on Western’s campus.

Programs: HBA, MBA, MSc, PhD

This building is more than just a 270,000 square foot educational building, it’s also a leader in green technologies. It cost more than $110 million to build, but it has achieved the Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification from the Canada Green Building Council.

The building has 20 classrooms that can sit 50-75 students. It also has 52 breakout rooms, 36 staff meeting rooms, 9 conference rooms, 7 lounges, 8 open-concept work areas, and a 640 seat auditorium, as well as 112 faculty offices. It is a big building that has been thoughtfully planned out to meet the needs of all faculty, staff and students that are part of Ivey.

Green Technologies

Construction materials were made from renewable resources and 81% of the construction waste that would normally be sent to landfills were diverted from them through recycling, and other efforts.

They structured the building in a way to eliminate water waste as much as possible. One of the ways that they did that is to create a system that uses rainwater to flush toilets. They also surrounded the campus with drought-resistant landscaping, which basically means that they’re not going to be wasting water by setting up and irrigation system to keep their landscapes looking good.

Only environmentally friendly products are used for any kind of cleaning that happens within the building. Any of the materials such as pain, adhesives, carpeting, etc. were low-emitting materials to keep any possible volatile organic compounds out or at least to the bare minimum possible.

Around 75% of the space uses daylighting, to give natural light to the areas to reduce the energy needed to be used within the building.

In further ways to reduce energy cost/use they made the roofs to slope in order to collect rainwater which then gathers in the reflecting pool. As water evaporates from the pool it cools down the air outside, which then goes into the cooling system, already cooled off, which means that less energy will be used to cool it down.

They also try to encourage green travel by offering better parking spots to those who carpool, lots of safe spots to keep your bike, and was built in a location that has multiple bus routes close by.

Tangerine Leadership Centre

Ivey Business School - Campuses - Tangerine Leadership Centre

Location: In the heart of Toronto’s Financial District, in the Exchange Tower

Programs: Executive Education, EMBA

The Tangerine Leadership Centre is a state of the art facility that offers all of the amenities needed for business conferences, learning, breakout rooms, and more. The facility has two-tiered amphitheatre classrooms. They each can accommodate 65 people with comfortable ergonomic seating and wireless technology (including on-site support, in case it’s needed). There are also 9 breakout rooms that can accomodate 6-8 people each, and there is a beautiful and large reception area that can comfortably hold 100 people. This incredible executive teaching facility is designed to meet the needs of schooling and businesses.

Hong Kong Campus

Ivey Business School - Campuses - Hong Kong Campus

Location: In the Cheng Yu Tung Management Institute, which is located in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Programs: Executive Education, EMBA, Case Teaching and Writing Workshops

This state-of-the-art facility has two classrooms, equipped with all of the necessary technology required for a truly seamless and dynamic teaching experience, that can seat up to 100 people. It also has 11 breakout rooms, which can also be used for training purposes, seminars, as well as meetings. The classrooms overlook Hong Kong’s Central Business District, which is absolutely beautiful and breathtaking, and can inspire goals and dreams in the students.


The campus was opened in September of 1998 by Mr. Tung Chee Hwa, the ex-HKSAR Chief Executive. The Cheng Yu Tung Management Institute was created to honor Mr. Tung Chee Hwa’s father, who had an incredible love and commitment to education.

The campus was founded with the support of many Ivey alumnus, as well as Dr. Henry Cheng, who is the leader of the New World Group.

Spencer Leadership Centre

Ivey Business School - Campuses - Spencer Leadership Centre

Location: In the Masonville Neighborhood, just minutes from Western University and Ivey Business School.

Programs: Executive Education, Ivey Academy

The Spencer Leadership Centre is an incredibly beautiful estate that is housed in a Georgian manor. It boasts 30 stunning acres of parkland that is meticulously maintained. While it houses many of the Executive Education programs, it’s also a place for companies and organizations to book corporate retreats where their teams can participate in incredible learning experiences and team building exercises.

It comes fully equipped with any and everything you could possibly want, such as three amphitheatres, cycling trails, hiking trails, a fitness centre, five dining rooms, 125 guest suits, a high-ropes team-building course, ample parking, and over 14,000 square feet of event space.

It has even been rented for weddings, as it’s an unbelievably beautiful location.

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