Middlesex County

The old adage ‘the journey is the destination’ definitely applies to Middlesex County, where you’ll discover something new around every bend. 

Middlesex County’s unique landscape reflects the transition between Ontario’s northern and southern habitats. It is located on the edge of the Carolinian life zone, the northernmost deciduous forest region. These lush Carolinian forests have been designated as heritage trees. In addition, small towns, rural hideaways and the bustling city of London offer wonderful local culture and cuisine to explore.

To learn more about all there is to see and do in Middlesex County, scroll down or visit the region's tourism website.

Where is Middlesex County?

Middlesex County is located in the heart of Southwestern Ontario. The city of London sits in the south of the county and is approximately an hour’s drive from Hamilton and two hours from Windsor or Toronto along Highway 401. 

The London International Airport (YXU) welcomes major airlines as well as charter air carriers. VIA Rail travels through Middlesex County with a stop at the London Trail Station, and  

Middlesex County Connect is a new bus service with service between Woodstock, Ingersoll, Thamesford, Thorndale, Dorchester and London. 

Some things to do may not be available due to COVID-19.

Many tourism experiences require advance bookings or have restrictions in place due to COVID 19. It is important to check directly with the business operator before you travel. Get the most up-to-date information now.

Things to Do in Middlesex County

The balance between big city and small town, rural bounty and serene nature means there’s something for everyone all year round in Middlesex County. 

Agricultural roots go deep in this pocket of Ontario, with many of the farms and ranches offering visitors a range of fun and wholesome experiences. Saddle up for a horseback trail ride, play farmer for a day and pick your own apples, raspberries, strawberries in the summer, pumpkins in the fall, and Christmas tree in winter. Pet friendly farm animals, take an alpaca for a walk and share your yoga mat with an adorable baby goat. 

Take in the beauty of fall colour at Fanshawe Conservation Area on the outskirts of London or Komoka Provincial Park along the Thames River. 

In winter, Victoria Park in downtown London transforms into a nostalgic wonderland with twinkling light festivals surrounding the large outdoor skating rink. Boler Mountain delivers thrills all year long with skiing, snowboarding and tubing in the winter to tree top trekking and mountain biking in the summer. 

Southeast of London, Longwoods Conservation Area features an engaging and interactive museum dedicated to local Indigenous history at the Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum. Trails through the park lead through Carolinian forest, wetlands, fields and a sand plain, and are especially beautiful during the spring blossom season. 

Discover local art, ingenuity and cuisine at the Covent Garden Market and Western Fair Market in London or during the Ilderton Fair, one of the largest fairs in Southwestern Ontario.

Middlesex County Neighbourhoods & Districts

Besides the urban centre of London, Middlesex County is also home to quaint towns and smaller communities. 

London

The largest city within Middlesex County and the 6th largest in Ontario, coined ‘the Forest City’ for its urban greenery.

Dorchester

A mix of both urban and rural experience in the eastern edge of the county.

Strathroy

Enjoy downtown Strathroy’s Victorian architecture, quaint shops and restaurants.

Things to Know About Visiting Middlesex County

Whether you’re still in the planning stages or you’re already on your trip to Middlesex County, you'll appreciate what the locals recommend.

Where to get a great cup of coffee

At Muggs Coffee Bar & Clay Room in Strathroy, you can enjoy your coffee in a mug you've made in one of the cafe's art classes.

Where to snap a great Instagram pic

Heritage buildings and beautiful architecture in London’s Old East Village.

Where to catch the sunrise

Find your zen watching the sun peak over the trees from across the Dorchester Mill Pond.

Where to take a romantic stroll

Go on a romantic paddle on the Thames River at the C.M. Wilson Conservation Area in Blenheim. 

Where to get a great meal

Clock Tower Bistro in Strathroy, MJ’s Roadhouse in Lucan and The Singing Chef in London for brunch.

Where to listen to live music

Catch big-name acts at Budweiser Gardens in London.

Favourite local bookshop

Bookmarks The Spot in Mount Brydges.

Where to get great ice cream

Go for old school cones and shakes at the London Ice Cream Company. Yum!

Where to go for a drink

For a pint and fine pub fare, head to the Crown & Turtle in Ailsa Craig.

Looking for Ontario travel advice?

Our experts are here to help you plan your perfect trip.