You just got your G2 license and you can finally drive without mom, dad or someone with a full G licence – congratulations! Wondering what you should do with your newfound freedom and independence? Now that the warm weather is here, there are lots of great places to drive to and explore around London, Ontario so you’ll never be bored.
We’ve put together a list of our top spots that make for a perfect road trip for new drivers. Not too far, no traffic congestion and no crazy roads to contend with.
- Drive-in theatre. London’s own Mustang Drive-In is a perfect place to catch a double feature on the weekend. You’ll have tons of fun gathering your friends and loading your car with blankets, pillows and snacks before the show starts at sundown. It’s just outside of London on Wilton Grove Road and fairly accessible from all parts of the city.
- Grand Bend. Arguably London’s favourite beach, Grand Bend is an easy 45-minute drive from London and is located on Lake Huron. You’ll be able to enjoy the sand and sun and walk down the popular Strip which is populated with lots of cute shops and tasty places to eat. We suggest starting your Grand Bend road trip as early as possible so you can get a good parking spot that’s close to the beach!
- Pinery Provincial Park. The Pinery is very close to Grand Bend and you’ll be able to get from London to there in under an hour. If you love to camp, you’ll enjoy spending the night at this beautiful provincial park, which is right on Lake Huron. If you’d rather just spend the day at the Pinery, there are lots of great hiking trails that will take you around the park and let you enjoy nature.
- Port Stanley. This is another great beach that Londoners love, this one being about a 45-minute drive south of the city. Located on Lake Erie, Port Stanley is generally a little less busy than Grand Bend but no less fun. You’ll be able to soak up the sun and do some swimming before stopping for lunch at GT’s or ice cream at Broderick’s Ice Cream Parlour.
- Komoka Provincial Park. This provincial park is just a 20-minute drive west of London. Although you can camp here overnight, this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon exploring the scenic hiking trails. You’ll be surrounded by nature and will enjoy relaxing by the river. If you are a mountain biker, there are also designated biking trails.
- Stratford. This picturesque little town is less than an hour north west of London. It’s the perfect place to spend a summer day, walking around, watching the swans on the Avon River and then enjoying the cutest shops downtown. Stratford is home to some of the area’s best restaurants and the delicious Rheo Thompson chocolate shop too! If you like theatre, you will definitely want to check out the Stratford Festival when you visit.
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