5) London, Ontario was originally reserved by John Graves Simcoe : 2007968
5) London, Ontario was originally reserved by John Graves Simcoe in 1793 for the reason that he thought it would be a good place for a provincial capital. Formal settlement, with people arriving and starting to farm and starting businesses in the town, was started in 1826. Shortly after the town was beginning to be settled, the courthouse building, which looks like a fortress, due to the fact that it is stone and has crenellated towers, was built. The Rebellion of 1837-1838 prompted the need for large numbers of many troops to be stationed in London, and so London, by virtue of the fact that it had many soldiers stationed there, became known as a "garrison town." Being incorporated as a town in 1855, and for the reason that it was situated on good transportation lines, with many road and rail connections, London's business and commercial growth really started to grow. London's nineteenth-century houses, which were constructed using distinctive yellow bricks and "keyhole" windows, form a surrounding circular area around the downtown commercial and business section. London is also known as the "forest city," due to the many trees and many varieties of trees in many parks and on tree-lined streets. Although not the provincial capital, as intended by Simcoe, London is a thriving city which has an active arts community, major commercial enterprises, large businesses, and big industries, and it also has a large and vital university community, which contributes to its overall vitality.
6) Tom Thomson, one of the Group of Seven, is remembered to some extent due to the fact that he died in mysterious circumstances, almost as much as he is remembered for his incredible, joyous, colourful paintings of Ontario's north. Thomson had made many visits to Algonquin Park in Northern Ontario, and was an accomplished canoeist; however, he appears to have drowned in Algonquin Park when he went out to fish and never returned. His upturned and abandoned canoe was discovered late in the day of July 8, 1917, and his body was recovered eight days later. Perhaps his paintings seem even more intense because of his untimely and unexpected drowning. Some of his most famous paintings are of the area in which he likely drowned, an area typical of Algonquin Park, water, rock, pine, the elements one sees most often in his paintings. In point of fact, Thomson's early paintings , while technically adept, like most of the Group of Seven to which he belonged, only vaguely prefigure the vigorous abstract intensity of his later work. The haunting quality of the talent that was cut off in its full flower of potential fills his mature work.