London is a city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, situated along the Quebec City–Windsor Corridor. The city has a population of approximately 366,000. London is located at the forks of the Thames River, approximately halfway between Toronto, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan. London and the Thames were named in 1793 by Lord Simcoe, who proposed the site for the capital of Upper Canada. The first European settlement was between 1801 and 1804 by Peter Hagerman. The village was founded in 1826 and incorporated in 1855. Since then, London has grown to be the largest Southwestern Ontario municipality, and Canada’s 11th largest municipality, having annexed many of the smaller communities that surrounded it.
London is a regional centre of health care and education, being home to the University of Western Ontario, Fanshawe College, and several world class hospitals. The city hosts a number of musical and artistic exhibits and festivals, which contribute to its tourism industry, but its economic activity is centred on education, medical research, insurance, and information technology. London’s university and hospitals are among its top ten employers. It also has an international airport, train and bus station.
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