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1. Posted by kvstunner (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

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Hi all,

I live in the UK and am taking a career break and going to Canada for 3 months this Summer.

I will be working at a farm in London Ontario, Canada from July-Oct and was wondering what would be the best way to manage my cash? I will only need "spending money" as my board and accommodation is provided, but not sure if I should take cash or travellers cheques - not sure how close I would be to a town? Sounds like a bit of a silly question now that I have written it down but here is the link to the website of the farm that I am working at:

http://www.ewsz.com/

I have no idea of the area, does anyone know if I will be close to a town or in the middle of no-where! Also if anyone can recommend some places to visit on my days off (I will be getting 1 day off a week!) it would be much appreciated.

Many thanks!
Kelly

2. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 11y

I would just take a atm card for my money if i where you.

and maybe you can contact the tourist infromation to ask how far your farm is from the city. There is a bit more info about london Here

Greetings,
George

3. Posted by kvstunner (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

George thanks,

That is really useful! I went to the link you suggested and it was really good - now I know what London Ontario looks like!

Many thanks!
Kelly

4. Posted by Yve (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

don't take travellers cheques, london is very safe you'll be fine with atms and cash. You will be almost in the middle of nowhere i don't think there are any busses near you, and personally i find london pretty boring. there isn't much to do there besides a couple of bars and movie theatres. and the bus service is horrible. you are however near some beaches if you have a car, you can try Port Stanley its about 30 minutes away, or grand bend is larger but a little farther away. If you have more time Toronto is two hours away bus tickets are 54$. there are several things happening there (carnival, the X, food festival in greek town...)Niagara falls is also two hours away. theres one bike trail through the thames valley and you can also rent canoes and kayaks. If you have a car there are several scenic drives through small towns and national parks. hope that helps.

5. Posted by kvstunner (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Thanks Yve,

That is really helpful....I think I will have to sort myself out a car when I arrive (or borrow one!). Thanks again

Kv

6. Posted by Yve (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

yeah unfortanately london is one of those places where you really do need a car, the busses stop at like 11pm! and only come every 30 minutes or so, i guess i'm spoiled with the service in toronto and montreal. at least everyone will have a car there. if you need any more information about toronto i can be more helpful.

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Quoting Yve

You will be almost in the middle of nowhere i don't think there are any busses near you, and personally i find london pretty boring. there isn't much to do there besides a couple of bars and movie theatres.

Gosh, a little rough on the old town, aren't you? Make's me cry salty, purple Western tears to hear someone talk so poorly about my Alma Mater's hometown.

Anyway, London is a college town and certainly is not a "big city" by any means. However, it isn't without it's charms. There are a lot of bars in the downtown area and close to the university. They have a more diverse crowd in the summer months than just college kids. A favorite of every Londoner is the CEEPS - it's a really old bar in the old CPR (Canadian Pacific Rail) station. Cold, cheap beer and lots of drunk, pretty people (at least when you've had enough of the beer they are pretty).

I used to have fun walking around London - lots of nice little quiet neighbourhoods to stroll through. You can go and check out nearby Fanshawe Lake and other parks along the Thames River.

Yve mentioned Grand Bend and Port Stanley which are good weekend retreats. The places go NUTS on long weekends.

Culturally there are a few events in town, though not as many as nearby Toronto, or Stratford (Shakeperian Festival) or the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake.

Detroit is also only two hours away. Go and see the Detroit Tigers play baseball. A true Londoner would never cheer for the Toronto Blue Jays. Everyone in Canada hates Toronto.

Greg

8. Posted by Yve (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

just a personal opion about london. not everyone hates toronto, i don't. I've spent a lot of time in london and toronto and from personal experience toronto has more culture, better bars and restuarants, nicer parks and nicer people. i've met nice people in london, but more cold, close minded and rude than not. there is richmond street, but not much else. its just a matter of personal taste.

9. Posted by Yve (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

oh and another thing, i hear theres now a caffe demetres in london, if you have a sweet tooth defenately a place to go!

10. Posted by ChubbDub (Full Member 132 posts) 11y

I dont know too much about London, Ontario... but you'll be safe anywhere in Canada with Cash or an ATM card... plus, in that area of Canada you'll certainly be pretty close to a town.