The Southwestern Ontario Scale Model Show has been held at London’s Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre for the last several years, taking advantage of the double gym which can accommodate a large model viewing/judging area and a large vendor expo.
The name of the neighbourhood comes from Thomas Carling, best known for the brewery he started in London in the mid-1800s. (Do you remember Carling Red Cap or Black Label beers?) Carling owned the land that is now Carling Heights and used it as a farm. As London grew, he closed the farm and sold the land in smaller parcels, including a large section to the military.
Although several buildings that made up Canadian Forces Base London have been demolished, a small military presence remains on a portion of the site, including Wolseley Hall which houses the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum.
The Community Centre (formerly Gloucestershire Hall) was part of CFB London until the downsizing in the 1990’s. It features gymnasiums, a swimming pool, meeting rooms, fitness centre and an aerobics studio along with plenty of parking.
To enhance your visit to the area we’ve compiled the following:
If you are in the area for the weekend you might consider visiting the Forest City ComicCon at the London Convention Centre.