London is located in southwestern Ontario, at the confluence of the Thames River along the Quebec City-Windsor corridor. Home to Western University, this city of nearly 400,000 people is a major educational and economic center. The scene for running in London is especially vibrant and attractive for a relatively small city — there’s a great infrastructure of routes, clubs, and events for runners. Running highlights include 30+ km of trails along the Thames River, which feels like one large linear park. There’s also a nice network of preserves (called ‘Environmentally Sensitive Areas’) that have multi-use paths and trail running for all abilities.
For the Thames River paths, we’ve mapped several route options incorporating the paved Thames Valley Parkway, adding some loops that include Greenway Park and Springbank Park. Another great place to run in London is around the Western University campus and adjacent parks and paths. For some gentle trail running, we love Kilally Meadows and Westminster Ponds. There’s also trail running for all abilities at Fanshawe Lake.
Runners should note that winters in London are cold, averaging nearly 200 cm of annual snowfall. The city does a good job of keeping the main running paths cleared of snow. Runners should note that some of the trail running spots might be favored by XC skiers in winter. For getting around London, there’s a pretty good bus system.