The Smokestack District is located within the Old East Village in London. It’s a mostly commercial district and runs along Highbury Street with Dundas Street running right in in the middle of it. This area is well known for its historical industrial buildings, the train tracks that make up three sides of the borders of this neighborhood, and a number of smoke stacks. The location is also close to downtown.
This neighborhood is filled with commercial and industrial buildings, most of which are in beautiful historic buildings, as well as residential streets throughout the neighborhood. The neighborhood is made up of single family homes and three story apartment buildings. The single family homes have beautiful brick homes from the Victorian-era. There are also a lot of older, small, square, one and one and a half story houses in this area. Many of the homes have large front porches as well.
The one school that is actually located within the borders of this neighborhood is Académie de la Tamise, which is a French-first school (which is different from a French Immersion school). There is a great number of schools that fall within this district, including CAtholic, Public, and French Immersion. The Centre for Lifelong Learning is located within this neighborhood. It is the adult and continuing studies center for London where adults can get their high school diploma and other courses. The North American Trade School is also really close to this neighborhood.
- East Carling Public School
- Lord Roberts French Immersion Public School
- Blessed Sacrament
- Louise Arbour French Immersion Public School
- St. John French Immersion
- Académie de la Tamise
- Central Secondary School
- H.B Beal Secondary School
- Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School
- John Paul II Secondary
- Mother Teresa Secondary
The Smokestack District is in a great location that is close to multiple amenities. It’s just a short drive to downtown London, where people can enjoy unique boutique shopping, delicious meals at incredible restaurants, fun nightlife, beautiful parks, and great entertainment at Budweiser Gardens, the Grande Theater, and the Covent Garden Market.
The Factory is such a fun place for both old and young. There are a ton of activities there, including high ropes, an indoor playground, and a warrior course (including a stunt bag that you can jump on from 15 feet). There is a 145 feet of ziplines and a trampoline area where you can enjoy and interactive lights trampoline experience, a “battle the spinning arms” area, and a trampoline area with basketball nets so that you can experience the true joy of a slam dunk. There is also an arcade with over 100 different games to choose from. There is also VR and escape rooms there as well. Of course if you’re going to spend a day of fun at The Factory, you’re going to get hungry. The have a brewery on site, a cafe, ice cream, pizza, burgers, and even subs and salads.
There are a number of shopping areas down Oxford Street, giving quick and easy access to necessities and shopping, such as Wine Rack, Real Canadian Superstore, LCBO, Kelseys, bank, gas station, Loblaws Pharmacy, La Noisette Bakery. There is also the Oxbury Mall at Oxford and highbury, which has Food Basics, Planet Fitness, Dollarama, bank, H&R Block, A&E Furniture and Lighting.
There are a bunch of really great restaurants and cafes in and around The Smokestack District: Dragon Gate Restaurant, Shmokey’s BBQ, King’s Buffet, Tony’s Famous Italian Pizza & Panzarotti, Fire Roasted Coffee Co, Nova Era Bakery, Eastwest Bar & Grill, London Brewing Co-operative
For entertainment around The Smokestack District, The Western Fair District is right next to the neighborhood. With the Western Fair District there is Gateway Casinos, The Raceway, the Saturday Farmer’s Market, Yuk Yuks, multiple events throughout the year such as the Food and Wine Shoe, the fall Western Fair. Junction Climbing Centre is also close by. Junction is great for experienced rock climbers as well as new climbers. They have 80 different routes and 50 boulder routes, which means that there is lots of variety. There is also a London Public Library branch close to this neighborhood. Silverwood Arena is also close by and is a great place for family skating and hockey.
There are a few parks close by that are great for family fun and getting outdoors to enjoy the good weather. One of those parks is Oakland Avenue Park, which is a great park to take the kids with its play structure and swing set. Kiwanis Park and Kiwanis Skate Park are close by. They are beautiful parks with stunning views, walking trails, and lots of green space. McCormick
Park has lots of beautiful nature and trails to go for a family stroll. It also has a playground with multiple slides and a swing set. There is water there that often has ducks in the warmer weather.
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