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Stay active in the city this summer

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In the heart of southwestern Ontario, London is a vibrant community known for its rich history, cultural diversity, and, notably, its plethora of recreational activities and facilities. Whether you’re an avid sports enthusiast, or someone looking to engage in leisurely activities, London offers an array of options to keep you active and entertained throughout the year. Among the facilities are BMO Centre London, various hockey arenas, and expansive outdoor parks.

BMO Centre London, located at 295 Rectory St., is a facility that has become a focal point for indoor sports within the city. It boasts a FIFA-sized soccer field that’s also sectioned off into four separate fields for multiple games to be played, as well as a newly added section of the facility with two extra private fields. The versatility of the space allows for a wide range of indoor sports, including soccer, Ultimate Frisbee and even indoor baseball, making it a unique destination for athletes of all ages. Its modern amenities and high-quality turf fields offer an ideal environment for training, playing and competing regardless of the weather outside. 

London is also home to a vibrant hockey culture, supported by numerous ice arenas spread across the city. These facilities serve as the training ground for budding athletes and recreational players alike, fostering a strong sense of community and local spirit. From the Western Fair District Sports Centre to the Earl Nichols Arena, these ice rinks offer a platform for players to hone their skills, participate in leagues and enjoy the beloved pastime national pastime of hockey. The arenas also host various events, tournaments, and public skating sessions, making ice sports accessible to everyone.

Beyond indoor recreation, the city’s outdoor parks offer a serene escape into nature and playgrounds for a multitude of recreational and outdoor activities.

“...London boasts an extensive network of multi-use trails and pathways.”

Springbank Park, the largest park in the city, spans over 300 acres of trails and is home to picnic areas and sports fields. A perfect spot for jogging, cycling or simply enjoying a leisurely day out with family and friends. Meanwhile, Victoria Park, located in the downtown core, is not only a green oasis amidst the urban landscape, but also a venue for festivals, concerts, and community events showcasing the city’s lively cultural scene.

For those who prefer their recreation on the go, London boasts an extensive network of multi-use trails and pathways. These trails offer a safe and scenic route for cyclists, runners, and walkers of all skill levels. The Thames Valley Parkway, for example, winds along the Thames River, connecting several parts of the city and its natural areas, providing a backdrop for outdoor activities in a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Participating in recreational activities in London is made easy with the availability of numerous programs and clubs, catering to a wide range of interests and age groups, from youth sports leagues to adult fitness classes to outdoor adventure clubs and arts workshops. There’s something for everyone. The City of London’s diverse and vibrant recreational scene is a testament to the city’s commitment to the well-being and enjoyment of its residents and visitors. Whether you’re a competitive athlete, a casual player or someone in search of a peaceful outdoor experience, London offers a welcoming, invigorating environment to explore and enjoy.