Londoners will have a new way of accessing Fanshawe Pioneer Village and Fanshawe Conservation Area this summer.
Officials with the City of London, Tourism London, the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and Fanshawe Pioneer Village announced Tuesday morning that as of July 1st, the London Transit Commission will offer a new seasonal bus route called the Fanshawe Getaway on weekends and statutory holidays.
The pilot project will run until October 2nd of this year.
“The introduction of this service will provide greater access for many Londoners to enjoy signature family, heritage, recreational and ecological attractions from Canada Day until Doors Open and Culture Days,” said Chris Campbell, Director of Culture and Entertainment Tourism at Tourism London in a statement Tuesday. “We would like to thank the London Transit Commission for their full support to make this happen.”
Officials say the operational costs will be split between the LTC and a partnership that will include Tourism London, Fanshawe Pioneer Village and the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority. More corporate and community partners will be sought out to defray the costs and assist in marketing the new route to Londoners.
The route will be available for the 2016 season.
“It’s an important first step towards inclusion and ensuring that those who rely on public transit have a means to visit our Village,” said Fanshawe Pioneer Village’s Executive Director and Curator Shanna Dunlop on Tuesday.
“Visitors can experience local history through our uniquely interactive ‘hands -on’ learning. We are especially excited that the service will include the annual Doors Open/Culture Days free public event on October 1st and 2nd.”
Officials say Londoners will be able to take advantage of the conservation area’s recreational opportunities like fishing, canoeing, picnicking, kayak rentals, hiking and biking among many others.
For more information on the Fanshawe Getaway, including its schedule, click here.