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Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Empowering Learners, Effecting Change

21st - 24th June 2016 London Ontario

Visitor Information

Check out the following tabs for information on visiting London.

Ontario Hall

On Campus

Ontario Hall Bed and Breakfast

The primary site of accommodation for STLHE 2016 is Western University's beautiful new residence building, Ontario Hall, the location of Western's Bed & Breakfast (virtual tour). This facility, opened in 2013, is conveniently located on campus, and includes complimentary parking, breakfast, and high-speed internet access. Rooms at Ontario Hall are furnished, semi-private suites, featuring two lockable bedrooms (each with a single bed), one washroom and a large storage closet. Barrier-free access and some specially designed suites are available.

Room rates for the conference are $60 per person per night or $115 per night for a suite, which can sleep up to four people.

To contact Ontario Hall for reservations, please use the following link:

While staying at Western University, conference delegates will have access to an exercise room outfitted with a selection of fitness equipment in Ontario Hall, as well as discounted access to Western University's state-of-the-art Recreation Centre. Multiple scenic trails along the Thames River are also accessible from campus and are excellent for walking, jogging or bird-watching.

Off Campus

DoubleTree Hilton

Reservation requests must be made by May 13, 2016 in order to qualify for the STLHE group rate. Standard room is $135.00 or Business Class is $179.00.

Reservations can be made by calling 1 519 439-1661 and requesting the STLHE group block for June 2016 or by using the following link (please use the entire link): &ctyhocn;=YXUKSDT&spec;_plan=CDTSTL

Delta London Armouries Hotel

Reservations must be made by May 30th, 2016 to qualify for the group rate. Standard room is $139.00, Premier room is $159.00 or the Signature Club room is $189.00.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-668-9999 and requesting the STLHE block for June 2016 or by using the following link:

Station Park All Suite Hotel

Reservations must be made by May 7, 2016 in order to qualify for the STLHE group rate. Deluxe suite is $122.00, Superior Suite is $142.00.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-561-4574 or 519-642-4444 EXT. 0 and requesting a reservation under the STHLE block for June 2016. Email reservations can be made by emailing and requesting a reservation under the STHLE block in June 2016

Reservations also can be made by going to the website

The link below goes directly to the reservation page. Use group code STLHEJ2016 and then fill in dates to proceed.

London offers a wide range of cultural, social and environmental amenities and activities, including:

Several beautiful parks are located close to the conference venue. The Western campus has access to a 10 km walking, biking and running trail that extends along the banks of the Thames River, and connects campus with Gibbons Park, Harris Park and Springbank Park. The Medway Valley, adjacent to campus offers several hiking trails in a beautiful forest along Medway Creek, where participants can leave the city behind completely.

London and neighbouring Stratford, Ontario are home to world class theatre offerings. Optional excursions will be planned to the internationally renowned Stratford Festival and London's own Grand Theatre.

Stratford Festival - North America's largest classical repertory theatre, presenting the works of William Shakespeare and other great writers (

Grand Theatre -

Banting House - A museum dedicated to 'The Birthplace of Insulin', former home of Dr. Frederick Banting (

Eldon House - Trace London's history through family heirlooms and priceless treasures at Eldon House, London's oldest residence (

Fanshawe Pioneer Village - Fanshawe Pioneer Village tells the story of rural communities in the township of London from 1820 to 1920 (

Museum London - Southwestern Ontario's leading establishment for the collection and presentation of visual art and material culture (

Museum of Ontario Archaeology - A unique Canadian museum devoted to the study, display, and interpretation of the human occupation of Southwestern Ontario over the past 13,000 years. The Museum is located beside the Lawson Prehistoric Iroquoian Village, a site occupied by the Neutral Iroquoians in the 16th century A.D. ( The Museum of Ontario Archaeology is also the home of Sustainable Archaeology, a collaborative initiative between Western University and McMaster University. (

Covent Garden Market - One of London's most treasured landmarks, the Market is a centre of rural and urban exchange where wholesome, farm-fresh quality can be found each day of the week - from the city's best selection of organic foods, award-winning meats, ethnic foods, and the largest assortment of cheese in Southwestern Ontario to tempting sweets, beautiful flowers, and elegant restaurants (

Western Fair Farmers' and Artisans' Market - Located in the historic Confederation building in the Western Fair District the WFFAM has established itself as an innovative business incubator, neighbourhood social centre and community tradition. The Artisan Group businesses have a social mission and tap into the movement of revolutionizing retail - people dedicated to sourcing quality, ethical, healthy food and concerned about where it originates (

St. Jacobs Farmers' Market - Located 1 hour from London and renowned as Canada's largest year round Farmers' Market (

Close to the shores of Lake Huron and Lake Erie, London is a short drive away from many of Southern Ontario's best beaches.

Grand Bend - Listed by National Geographic magazine as home to the most beautiful sunsets in the world, Grand Bend is a resort town on the shores of Lake Huron. Grand Bend's year-round population of 2,000 people swells to about 50,000 in the summer months, with tourists enjoying the wide sandy beaches and vibrant downtown shopping (

Bayfield -Bayfield is a destination like no other. Just 10 minutes north of Grand Bend, this quiet and picturesque village boasts a main street with fabulous inns, shops, and restaurants (

The Pinery - 10 minutes south of Grand Bend, the Pinery Provincial Park contains much of the remaining Oak Savannah woodland to be found in North America. Explore this unique ecosystem, along park roads, trails, beaches or the quiet reaches of the Old Ausable Channel (

Port Stanley - With one of the finest stretches of sandy beach on the north shore of Lake Erie, Port Stanley is a popular destination for day-trippers. The village's uniqueness lies with its natural attractions, such as the meandering Kettle Creek, and the multitude of leisure boats that dot its banks (

Fanshawe College and Western University employ creative teams of award-winning catering professionals who will provide nutritious meals and refreshment breaks on each day of the conference. The catering teams will create menus that enhance the distinctive spirit of STLHE and provide meal options to suit the varied dietary preferences and restrictions of delegates.

Participants who wish to dine out will find that London offers a wide variety culinary choices. There are a plethora of excellent restaurants in and around the downtown core. Restaurant choices include:

  • Rib and steak houses (Kelsey's, Lone Star)
  • Bistros, cafes (Braywick Bistro, Café Queen's, David's Bistro, The Church Key)
  • Asian/Indian (Ben Thanh Viet Thai, Massey's, Raja, Thaifoon)
  • Italian (Abruzzi, Amici, Bertoldi's)
  • English style pubs (Poacher's Arms, Fox and Fiddle),
  • Vegetarian/vegan (Veg Out, Organic Works, Zen Gardens) and
  • Classic contemporary (Blackfriar's, Black Trumpet, Jack Astor's, Moxie's, The Tasting Room, Garlic's, Waldo's, The Only on King).

Interested in some recommendations for London restaurants? We've asked our resident restaurant critic, Dr. Mike Atkinson, to share with you his curated list.

 By Car

Located at the convergence of highways 401, 402 & 403, London is approximately two hours driving distance from Toronto and Detroit. Free Parking will be available on campus at Ontario Hall (Lot N) for all conference participants regardless of accommodation agreement.

 By Air

London International Airport has three main airline carriers: Air Canada, Westjet and United. Air Canada has direct flights to London from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Westjet has direct flights from Winnipeg, Calgary and Orlando. United has two flights daily from Chicago.

Airline discounts of 10% have been arranged for conference registrants flying with Air Canada (but not Tango) and Westjet. In order to receive the discounts, delegates must contact FCM Travel using the email, or calling 1-855-329-3104 (Canada and US) or 1-416-813-4799. The discounts have been set up through the FCM Travel, not Air Canada and West Jet directly. When booking through FCM travel, a small service fee will be applied to your booking.

 By Rail

If rail travel is preferred, a VIA rail station is located in the downtown core. A 10% discount applies to rail travel, but the ticket must be booked through FCM Travel or by phone 1-855-329-3104 (Canada and US) or 1-416-813-4799.

 By Bus

If travelling to London by bus, the Greyhound Bus terminal is conveniently located downtown near the rail station.

Throughout the city, London Transit is convenient and provides direct transport to and from Fanshawe and Western campuses and to the downtown core. Tourism London is providing all STLHE 2016 delegates with a free transit pass for the duration of the conference so that participants can travel to and from the conference with ease and can explore the various cultural and recreational activities that the city has to offer.

The London Transit website offers a trip planner with maps and schedules. To access real time bus information and schedules from your smart phone, download London Transit apps for iOS and Android devices.

 By Taxi

  • Blue & White: 519-432-8294
  • London Green Taxi: 519-204-8294
  • U-Need-A-Cab Ltd.: 519-438-2121
  • Yellow London Taxi: 519-657-1111
  • Checker Limousine: 519-659-0400
    • Flat rate pricing: from airport to campus ($29.50) to Delta ($25.75), Station Park ($29.50); Downtown to campus ($15-20)

So much to see, so little time! That's why STLHE 2016 is offering guided scenic tours and excursions, at special group rates.

Tuesday June 21st & Friday June 24th 2016 - Columbia Sportswear Employee Store Shopping Excursion

Exclusive opportunity for all STLHE Conference delegates: Have a fun and unique experience while at the STHLE Conference without ever having to leave London. Columbia Sportswear Canada is inviting STHLE delegates to visit their private Employee Store!

Spend a few hours browsing the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store where you can purchase all current styles and selections of products from Columbia's entire family of brands, all at special employee pricing.

Be sure to drop by the Columbia Sportswear Information booth located in the Mustang Lounge at the University Community Centre throughout the conference to see some of the latest products and technologies Columbia has to offer!


  1. return transportation from Western University
  2. June 21 - pick up at Western at 1:30pm, return to Western at 4:00 pm
  3. June 24 - pick up at Western at 2:00pm, return to Western at 4:30 pm


Email: to register. Trip must receive a minimum booking of 30 passengers to run. Details regarding pick up location TBA to registrants.

Tuesday June 21, 2016 - Canadian Icon (Niagara Falls)

9:00am pick up at Western University. Spend the day experiencing a taste of what Niagara Falls and region has to offer. Includes:

  1. A morning Hornblower Cruise to the base of Horseshoe Falls on the 700 passenger luxury new catamaran boat,
  2. Free time to explore Niagara Falls' Clifton Hill area, and have lunch on your own,
  3. Afternoon tour and tasting at Pillitteri Estates Winery,
  4. Free time to explore Niagara on the Lake and have dinner on your own.

You will depart from Niagara on the Lake at 6:30pm and return to London at approximately 9:00pm.
INCLUDES: transportation, 15 minute Hornblower Cruise, winery tour and tasting, free time to explore Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake, tour director services.
COST: $90.00 (includes HST) per person (based on a minimum of 40 passengers). All payments are non-refundable. If the trip is cancelled due to numbers falling below 40, refunds will be issued.

Bookings need to be received 14 days prior to departure (Jun 7, 2016).

Call 1-800-265-8980 ext 2 or email to register.

Friday June 24, 2016 - Stratford & The Festival

3:00pm pick up at Western University.

Few places in Ontario are lovelier or more alive with culture and character than Stratford.
Free time to explore and shop, and have dinner on own at the many delicious down town restaurants in Stratford from 4-7pm.
After dinner you will be entertained by the production A Little Night Music at the Stratford Festival at 8:00pm.

A Little Night Music is described as: On a magical midsummer night, lovers old and new are swept up in a dizzying whirl of romance. "Send In the Clowns" is just one irresistible highlight of this ravishingly beautiful musical.

Return to London approximately 11:30pm.

INCLUDES: transportation, free time to shop and explore Stratford, Stratford Festival theatre production, tour director services.
COST: $109.00 (includes HST) per person (based on a minimum of 40 passengers). All payments are non-refundable. If the trip is cancelled due to numbers falling below 40, refunds will be issued.

Bookings need to be received 30 days prior to departure (May 24, 2016).

Call 1-800-265-8980 ext 2 or email to register.

The organizing committee is looking forward to welcoming you to London, Ontario, June 21 to 24, 2016. The Conference is hosted during one of the most inviting times of the year in Southwestern Ontario, with an average temperature of 24°C. Founded in 1826, London is situated at the forks of the Thames River. This city of over 350,000 citizens embraces its rich history and recognizes the vibrant local First Nations communities who continue to have a relationship with the land we know as London.

The City of London is known as a regional centre of biomedical research and higher education; a cultural centre home to many museums and summer festivals; and the headquarters of 3M Canada, the founding sponsor of STLHE's 3M National Teaching Fellows and 3M National Student Fellowship.

STLHE 2016 participants will enjoy discounts at Western University's Book and Computer Stores, free admission to the McIntosh Gallery (Canada's oldest university art gallery founded in 1942), and access to various on-campus services including a hair salon, grocery store, pharmacy, and movie theatre.

London Ontario

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