Our Review Of Springbank Park, London Ontario

Not far from LifeHouse Chiropractic we have access to a beautiful park called Springbank Park.  Dr. Janna often runs along the trails and pathways of this park after work, especially in the spring, summer and fall.  It is the number one rated place to visit in London, Ontario.  It is 140 hectare (300 acre) park that stretches along the Thames River.  A beautiful green space to retreat to in the middle of the city.

Springbank Park has something for everyone!

It is the largest park in London, and has something for everyone.  It’s a great place to go if you are looking for a peaceful place to seek solitude and enjoy the scenery or for some fun and action.  Head to Springbank Park to watch the wildlife - geese, ducks, groundhogs, birds of all kinds, to walk/jog/ride along the accessible walking trails, to enjoy the rose garden and the conservatory, to enjoy a picnic to visit Storybook Gardens with your kids or grandchildren where they can play on the climbing equipment, go for a swing, cool off in the splash pad, ride the mini railway or take a spin on the carousel.  Sunday afternoons during the summer months, there is often a free music attraction at the Pavilion from 2-4 PM.  If you have the time, cross the bridge to the Thames Valley Golf Course for a game of golf.

Springbank Park has got something special to offer in every season!

It’s got something special to offer in every season.  Watch the trees and flowers come to life in the spring, enjoy the splash pad and wading pool in the summer, enjoy the wonderful colours of the changing leaves in the fall, and skate around Storybook Gardens in the winter.

Visit Storybook Gardens within Springbank Park!

Nestled within Springbank Park is a 20 acre family-oriented, enchanted storybook environment for young children, called Storybook Gardens.  Storybook Gardens is themed around story books, fairy tales and nursery rhymes.  During the summer months, the Gardens feature several large themed play structures, a splash pad, a large sand and water play area, six family-friendly amusement rides, and entertainment, including puppet shows, storytellers, music and stage performances.  Costumed characters and mascots greet the guest and are sure to delight the visitors.

In the winter, skate along the 250 metre skating trail that winds its way through trees in and around Storybook Gardens.  The trail is decorated with holiday lighting for a magical skating experience for the whole family!  The trail is refrigerated which ensures excellent skating conditions no matter the temperature.

There are concessions on site and parking is free.

For admissions rates, dates and hours of operation, which vary by season, visit their website or call.

History of Springbank Park

In the late 1800s, Springbank Park was located around the waterworks facility in London, ON.  Over the years, the City of London purchased more land surrounding the area and this spot became a resort of sorts.  It was serviced by a steamboat that carried people from the city to and from the resort location via the Thames River.  In 1896 a streetcar was built by the London Street Railway to take people to and from the park.  Over the years up to 1925, additions to the park were made which included tennis, lawn bowling, a zoo, campground, amusement park and dance hall.  In 1920 a miniature train was added as an attraction.  It still exists, although it has been replaced and relocated.  In 1960, the riverboat, Storybook Queen, was launched in the Thames river and gave visitors an added travel experience.  Storybook Gardens opened in 1958.

If you are looking for something to do in London, Springbank Park is a favourite place to visit with so many options for people of all ages, whatever the season!