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    Fresh Air, Fresher Flavors

    Of all the things we miss most, enjoying a delicious, farm-to-table meal at our onsite restaurant easily tops the list. While we’re dedicated to delivering the best seasonal offerings in all of Southwestern Ontario, the health and safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority. As we adapt to a new norm, we’re now offering dine-in service on our outdoor patios—because what’s better than stunning views and scrumptious dishes?

    For now, we’ll be offering dinner only from 5 pm to 9 pm every Tuesday through Saturday. And with that, we’re diving into some of our favorite, mouthwatering plates in hopes to inspire your next evening meal

    When it comes to dinner, we have plenty of options to choose from. Opt for the Panko Breaded Butternut Ravioli to start, the Braised Lamb Shank to follow, and close the evening with a Chocolate Peppermint Brûlée. This is just one of the many possible pairings that are guaranteed to send your taste buds on a tour of bliss.

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    Ontario Facts You Probably Didn't Know

    Known for its rich history and cultural diversity, Ontario is a province unto its own. Nicknamed The Heartland Province for its bustling economy and large population, here’s a few fun facts you may not have known about the Canadian territory.

    • Ontario is actually the most populous province in all of Canada with an estimated population of about 13.5 million people.
    • Not only was the first NBA game held in Toronto, Ontario, but the sport of basketball was invented by an Ontario native, Dr. James Naismith. He invented the sport, which was originally played with a soccer ball and two peach baskets, in December of 1891 while teaching at a YMCA in Massachusetts. 
    • Ontario is widely associated with one of the most famous inventions in history: the telephone. Alexander Graham Bell immigrated from Scotland to Brantford, Ontario, and did much of his research regarding the invention there. In fact, Bell’s Brantford home was declared a National Historic Site. 
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    A Premier London Wedding Setting

    To be married at Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre is to say “I Do” on the grounds of an iconic Georgian manor settled on expansive landscaped grounds, manicured to perfection. Home to refined design and a selection of unique wedding amenities, this storied establishment can be tailored to your love story.

    Characterized by its exterior classic red brick, shuttered windows, and towering white pillars, Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre will transcend your guests through time upon the moment of arrival. You’ll find a dining room with elegant white wall paneling, primed to host your reception or ceremony, as soon as you enter. Should you prefer an outdoor ceremony, opt to exchange your vows in the exquisitely designed gazebo or hold a sunny service on the estate’s expansive patio.

    Furthermore, our wedding team might just be what puts our venue over the top. Designed to provide detail-oriented assistance, the wedding team at Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre offers a number of services. But most importantly, they are dedicated to keeping everyone involved in your Big Day safe during these sensitive times.

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    Springtime Entertainment in London

    With spring in full bloom and a contagious liveliness in the air, there’s no better time to experience all that London has to offer. This time of the year is great for festivals and entertainment and when you stay at Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, you’re never far from the action. Here are some suggestions for fun events to try while visiting London.

    Budweiser Gardens - With an ever-changing lineup of events, you never know what you’re going to get at the Budweiser Gardens. However, this time of the year is full of exciting shows, games, and performances. Spend some time in April watching the Harlem Globetrotters perform basketball magic or watch Miranda Lampert rock the stage. Check-in frequently so you won’t miss any great shows!

    London Poutinefest 2020 - It’s no secret that London loves poutine. Take time out of your trip to experience Canadian poutine the way it was meant to be experienced. Try dozens of different takes on the popular dish and decide for yourself which curd reigns supreme.

    Holi: Festival of Colors - Add some color to your life with this unique festival. Over 2000 pounds of colors will be dropped on thousands of participants in this traditional Indian festival. Come early and become a part of a fun, unique tradition.

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    Family Fun at Storybook Gardens

    For over 60 years, London has been challenging the idea of a city-run park. While other parks feature benches and fields, London’s favorite park prefers shows, fantasy, and splash pads. This description is, of course, for Storybook Gardens, and this is one London destination you and your family won’t want to miss!

    Storybook Gardens is a unique outdoor park that is themed from head to toe in storybook fantasy. The park features year-round fixtures and events like outdoor structures, amusement rides, and music performances. There are also plenty of seasonal activities that match the corresponding weather. In the winter, you can enjoy quality ice skating along a beautiful 250-meter outdoor trail. As the snow melts and the sun shines brighter, ice skating becomes replaced with splash pads and water play areas.

    No matter what time of the year you are visiting Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, the best family-fun around will always be Storybook Gardens. Spend the day or come for a bit all week. The kids will never get bored and there is fun for all.

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    Food, Wine, and Good Times

    Just because the holiday season is wrapping up doesn’t mean that the feasts and festivities have to as well. Revitalize your spirit to do, see, and eat all that London has to offer at the London Wine and Food Show.

    The London Wine and Food Show is a multi-day celebration of everything delicious in our lives and will take place from January 16 - 18 at the Western Fair District Agriplex. Guests will have the opportunity to indulge in the finest wines and most decadent bites around. Pair your favorite robust red with hand-wrapped sushi, or sip on some chardonnay and cheese. Whatever new pairing you want to experiment with, you’ll be sure to find them, and more, at this festival.

    Besides the endless local food and drink options, the London Wine and Food Show will also be proudly presenting live entertainment, whiskey tasting, and instructional demonstrations. So whether you’re looking to accompany your hor d'oeuvres with some country music or learn about ways to transform fresh ingredients into vegan feasts, they’ve got you covered. Grab your tickets today and say hello to the new year in style.

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    Grab Your Skates and Head to Victoria Park

    Canadian winters and ice skating go together like Canadian summers and dreaming of ice skating. If you’ve been waiting all year to whip out for skates or if you’re visiting and want to experience some outdoor fun, then Victoria Park is calling your name.

    Victoria Park will be open for public ice skating on December 7 and will remain open until around the end of March, depending on the weather. This beautiful park will be decorated with a Christmas tree and is always a very inviting venue. All ages and all experience levels are welcome to skate around like pros or fall on their butts a couple of times.

    The ice rink will be open from 10 am to 10 pm daily with a small closing from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm for ice resurfacing. Bring your skates and get them sharpened for a small fee, or rent directly at the park if you’re visiting. Note that the rink is closed if the weather takes a turn for the worse, so always call ahead if you’re unsure. Have fun and get skating!

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    The Canadian Pacific 2019 Holiday Train

    Every year, one of the most wondrous family events around the start of the holiday season is the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. The Canadian Pacific travels through communities around the Ontario area, stopping by for a 30-minute concert at each destination. This year, stop by and experience a new type of family-friendly fun.

    The train itself is fully decorated with lights and other festive ornaments. Once the train comes to a stop, a small presentation will be given, followed by a live performance from the professionals on board. The train encourages patrons to make donations for the local food bank, but the event is completely free. 

    This year, the London stop will be the Richmond Street railway crossing between Oxford and Central on Friday, November 29 between 8:30-9:30 pm, with the train arriving around 8:15 pm. Make sure to arrive on time and get a good seat for this unique holiday event. Bring some snacks and spread the gift of gifting!

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    Halloween in London

    With so many Halloween activities in London, it’s very hard to choose just one. If you’re having a similar problem, maybe we can help with that decision! Then, once you get your trick-or-treating out of the way, you can hit up the city and see what other spooky activities the town has to offer.

    For those looking to let loose on Halloween night, Cabin From Hell is your premier pub crawl and costume party. Come join hundreds of other ghouls after hours and slither around London’s best bars and clubs dressed in your finest ghoul-wear. If you want to go your own pace, have no fear, pretty much all of downtown will be dressed to kill (no pun intended) and you’ll fit right in with the others in the crowd.

    Maybe you already have Halloween plans or are looking for something a bit more family-friendly? If it’s the former, then October 26 will be your night to party at Call The Office with a Stranger Things 80s Halloween Dance Party. This crazy combination of spooky and fun will leave your world turned upside down. If it’s the family-friendly aspect you’re more interested in, then on October 26 and October 27, make your way over to Lions Club Park for Terror Trail 2019. This haunted trail will run both days from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm and includes a scary hayride through a creepy forest. Families looking to get there early will also find a market running from 2 pm - 10 pm that will include trick-or-treating for the kids. However you want to spend Halloween, London’s got you covered! 

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    Be Thankful for Brunch with Ivey Spencer

    It’s crazy to think about just how fast 2019 has flown by. This year has brought different joys for people and it’s almost the time of the year when we celebrate everything we have to be thankful for. On Sunday, October 13, Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre wants to invite you to our special Thanksgiving Brunch so that we may celebrate the good in our lives together.

    Like all of Ivey Spencer’s brunches, the Thanksgiving Brunch won’t hold back any gastronomic punches. All of your year-round brunch favorites will fill the menu and your belly. Additionally, the holiday wouldn’t be complete without a wide assortment of home-made Thanksgiving favorite that will have you forgetting you’re not back in grandma’s kitchen.

    These seasonal brunches tend to be very popular so make sure to call and reserve your spot ahead of time! We are thankful for being able to fill your bellies and your hearts with this special meal.

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    Let Your Stomach Lead the Way at LondonLicious

    Everyone who has lived in London or simply visited enough has their favorite hidden gem or two where the food is, obviously, better than anywhere else. But for every hidden gem you accidentally stumbled upon on a rainy evening, dozens more are just waiting to be discovered. This is where LondonLicious comes in.

    LondonLicious is a city-wide annual event that encourages locals and tourists alike to venture out and explore London’s diverse culinary scene. Local establishments design unique menus meant to proudly showcase their cuisine.

    Here at Ivey Spencer, we’ve put together a special three-course feast that we think captures the essence of London. If a blue cheese and fig crostini appetizer followed by a seared cod loin, accompanied by a chocolate mousse martini sounds like your kind of evening, then you definitely won’t be disappointed!

    This special event will run from July 19th - August 11th, so come check out local legends and make sure to leave plenty of room for seconds!

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    Museum Hopping in London

    One of the best ways to really get a feel for the spirit of a city is to look at its past! London, Ontario has a diverse history that has been beautifully captured and preserved by the many museums lining our historic streets. Summer is the perfect time to explore London’s past for yourself and see what has made us special throughout the years.

    Make your way over to the Banting House to learn about the life and times of Dr. Frederick Banting; his discovery of Insulin has been one of the most important medical innovations of the century. For a more traditional experience, the London Museum boasts over 5,000 works of art and will provide you with hours of material to view. Not to mention there are also over 45,000 artifacts from the surrounding area. Get a glimpse of a very unique piece of Canadian history. Dozens of other museums and historical homes make up the London museum experience so make sure to check some out during your stay at Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre.

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    London International Food and Craft Beer Festival

    Summer is in full swing, but you may be wondering how you can get the most out of the beautiful weather and cheerful vibes. The answer to that lies in the trifecta of summer fun - food, beer, and live music. This year, from June 21-23, the London International Food & Craft Beer Festival is back for three full days of reminding you what summer is all about.

    This festival will be jam-packed with the top brewers and chefs on this side of Canada. Hop around from booth to booth as you quench your thirst with the best hops around. Momentarily travel the world as you experience cuisine from the heart of the Caribbean and other regions around the globe. This is an international festival after all!

    Your culinary experience will be paired with headliners and all of the live music you can handle. Vendors from all around the world will be there to show you what makes their region so special. There will even be cooking demos from different cultures and other educational experiences. The festival will be open all three days from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm (9:00 pm on Sunday) and is located less than five kilometers away from Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre at Victoria Park.


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    Outdoor Summer Fun at Boler Mountain

    Melting snow and significantly fewer layers of clothing can only mean one thing - winter is out the door and summer’s right around the corner. This May, say hello to the warm weather with Boler Mountain as we shift gears into the Green Season.

    Start your summer off with some adrenaline as you zoom through Boler Mountain’s renowned mountain biking trails. Whether you bring your own or rent one for the day, the trails are open almost every day from early morning well into the evening. Beginning May 4, the especially adventurous can try to swing their way through a Treetop Adventure Park. This sky-course includes Tarzan swings, pirate nets, swinging bridges, rope courses, and even zip lines! The main 1100-foot tandem zip line can even be enjoyed without participating in the rest of the treetop park.

    Outdoor adrenaline rushes can be great, but for those who look to relax in the sum, mountain yoga classes will begin in the middle of May and last all summer. There’s no better way to relax the day away than in the heart of nature. Maybe your way to relax is a little bit of friendly competition? If so, make sure to check out the beach volleyball courts that can be rented or used as part of a summer beach volleyball league! Whatever way you prefer to enjoy the outdoors, Boler Mountain has you covered!

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    Endless Entertainment at East Park

    Spring is finally here and soon enough it will be time to enjoy a little bit of outdoor fun. London’s natural scenic beauty makes it the perfect place to be outdoors, and for those looking for more than just a little bit of outdoor fun, East Park is your go-to adventure center.

    East Park offers hours upon hours of fun for the whole family. Let your adrenaline run wild as you test drive go-karts on a 1,800-foot race track or hit some balls at the driving range and batting cages. In addition to a driving range and mini-golf course, East Park is also home to the finest executive golf course in London. Relax the day away with 18 holes of pristine green.

    If the weather is especially inviting, East Park also happens to be the proud home of London’s largest waterpark. Fully packed with over 7 slides, tubing, and giant pools galore, there’s no better place to cool off and have fun with the whole family. If indoor activities are more your style, fear not, rock-climbing, bumper cars, jungle gyms, and a full arcade await.

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    The Magic of the JUNO Awards

    For almost 50 years, the JUNO Awards have been proudly celebrating Canada’s top artists - both established and new. What was once Canada’s greatest awards show grew beyond our wildest dreams and one day a year was nowhere near enough to contain it. The JUNO Awards “On The Road” now showcases a new city every year for an entire week of locally driven festivities and honors. This year, March 11-17 will be London, Ontario’s turn to show the rest of Canada just how talented and driven our city is. Located close to the magic, Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre wants to be your gateway to the festivities.

    From comedy shows to jams and electrifying concerts, JUNO Week will have something for everybody. Most of the festivities will take place at various venues around Downtown London. Show up, follow the crowds and have a blast. The week will wrap up with the awards ceremony Saturday, March 17th at the Budweiser Gardens.

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    Experience London’s Premier Events

    When business is done and the sun goes down, you’ll want to experience London the way that locals do. Conveniently located less than 6 km away, Budweiser Gardens is London’s premier indoor event stadium and offers a wide assortment of year-round entertainment. All February long, come see London’s professional basketball and hockey teams, the London Lightning and London Knights, duke it out with rivals multiple times every week.

    The ice rink is not only for ferocious hockey games; those traveling with family can attend one of multiple Disney on Ice shows at the end of February and beginning of March. You may even be able to catch a rock concert or two during your visit. No matter what brings you to London, make sure to keep an eye out for any potential shows and events at the Budweiser Gardens.

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    Feel the Music Scene

    Everyone knows about London’s beautiful parks and scenery, but many are not aware of the bustling music scene that lies at the heart of the town’s nightlife. If you want to check out top touring artists, London Music Hall is the place to be. Located in the heart of Downtown London and around 5 km from Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, this local gem is sure to make your night more exciting.

    For years, London Music Hall has been bringing the music scene to London with the hottest international artists, local staples, and everything in between. This state-of-the-art venue has top-notch production and even boasts a second adjacent stage area, Rum Runners, to really let you get the best bang for your buck. With near-nightly shows every month of the year and a wide range of performances, there’s something for every breed of music lover.

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    Everyone knows the age-old saying, “a Sunday fun-day keeps the doctor away.” Okay, maybe that’s not exactly how it goes, but when you consider that Sunday means brunch-day, who cares? Luckily, Ivey Spencer is taking over 2019 with a brand new brunch series that’s sure to spice up your weekends.

    Our elegant brunch series kicks off Sunday, February 10th with a Valentine’s Day extravaganza. Skip the 2-hour wait at a restaurant most people can’t pronounce and instead pronounce your love a little early with our brunch made for two.

    If your Valentine’s week is too booked to enjoy our delicious brunch classics, fear not, our gourmet series of brunches will also be available April, May, June, October, and December. We look forward to filling you with mimosas and more so come get some while the getting’s good.

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    Meet Your Wedding

    Surprises can sometimes be a warm welcome, but definitely not on your wedding day. On Sunday, January 27 from 2 pm to 4 pm, Ivey Spencer would like to extend an exclusive, complimentary invitation to you for our Wedding Open House. Come spend your Sunday exploring both our beautiful grounds and culinary expertise with delectable hors d’oeuvres and maybe even win a prize or two!

    It’s one thing to see names and qualifications on paper, but we want you to meet our team and feel at ease and confident about your wedding destination choice. Our onsite wedding planner will be here to answer questions, and you will have the opportunity to meet our hand-picked expert vendors. Come get a firsthand look at the planners who will be making your big day a magical experience.

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    Retreat Activities for the Fall Season

    As the weather cools down and the leaves begin to change, it’s the perfect time to partake in all the outdoor activities that Ivey Spencer has to offer. Fuel up in the morning with a farm-fresh meal in our largest restaurant, Asher’s Dining Room. Afterward, guests can take full advantage of our scenic trails, suited for hiking, biking, and long strolls. Sports fans will find plenty of ways to stay active whether its playing volleyball, baseball, basketball or soccer. If team-building is a part of your party’s agenda, opt for a high-ropes adventure—a fun and active way to strengthen your team’s bond. After a long day of activity, you’ll be eager to unwind in one of our restaurants or lounges. We recommend reserving our Poplar Lounge (ideal for parties with 75 guests or less) to delight in the crisp fall air and enjoy cocktails by the firepit. Contact our experienced event planner to create a customized schedule for your group.