The Western Counties Health and Occupational Centre Grounds refers to the former use of this site by the Department of Veterans Affairs as a rehabilitation centre for returning World War II veterans, one of only seven such sites in Canada. Over time its uses evolved to include a treatment centre for tuberculosis, a long term care facility for severely wounded and psychologically affected veterans and, by the time of its closure in the 1980s a facility for domiciliary care of veterans. To facilitate this treatment, specialized buildings were erected and landscape features were emphasized for therapeutic purposes. Prior to the rehabilitation uses, the site was noted for its natural heritage features with respect to both its kettle ponds and forest.
The Western Counties Health and Occupational Centre Grounds are located east of Wellington Road, north of Southdale Road East and adjoin what is known today as the London Health Sciences Centre lands. Entrance to this site has traditionally been from Commissioners Road East.
Western Counties Cultural Heritage Landscape Documents