Parks and Nature

Victoria Park

Victoria Park is an 18-acre (73,000 m²) park located in downtown London, Ontario, in Canada. It is one of the major centres of community events in London. It is a ten minute walk from Rosneath Bed and Breakfast.

The park also has an ice skating rink in the winter, built every winter since 1913. The bandshell was built in 1950 (rebuilt in 1990). The area in front of the bandshell now serves as a free, public skatepark, consisting of many metal benches and a stage drop.

Many annual events are held in Victoria Park. These include Sunfest, the Home County Folk Festival, Rib Fest, A Taste of London and Fiesta del Sol. Every winter, there is an annual vigil for the École Polytechnique Massacre, the trees in the park are decorated with Christmas lights, the “Lighting of the Lights” and Snowfest is held in February.

The park is also notable for the presence of a large number of melanistic (black) Eastern Gray Squirrels.

Gibbons Park

Gibbons Park is a 10 minute walk from Rosneath Bed and Breakfast, located in North central London along a stretch of the Thames River. It has a good children’s play area and a riverside paths which can be used to access the town centre.

Harris Park

Harris Park  is a 20 minute walk from Rosneath Bed and Breakfast and is located on the Thames River close to downtown. It has been home to the London Ballon Festival for 25 consecutive years. A short walk from here, at the ‘Fork in the Thames’ is a children’s play area with splash pad.

Springbank Park

Springbank Park is a 140-hectare (300 acre) park located along a stretch of the Thames River in London, Ontario, Canada. As the largest park in London, it contains 30 km (19 miles) of trails and is home to Storybook Gardens, a family attraction open year round. Springbank Park is a 15 minute drive from Rosneath Bed and Breakfast.