Stratford is one of Ontario's premier arts destinations for live theatre, music, museums and galleries. Every year, theatre lovers flock to Stratford for the annual Stratford Festival, a world-class celebration of all things Shakespeare.

Stratford also famous as the home of singer Justin Bieber, and “Beliebers” (his fans) make the pilgrimage to trace the steps of the global superstar.

The town is also known for its historic Victorian streets lined with cafés, bistros and unique shops. Not to be missed is the Stratford Chocolate Trail, a self-guided tour of the town’s chocolatiers.

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Where is Stratford?

Stratford is located along the Avon River in southwest Ontario, roughly halfway between the cities of London and Kitchener. The city is approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto.

While most easily reached by car, some travel packages are offered by bus during the Stratford Festival season. 

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Things to do in Stratford

Catch a live theatre performance

Check the schedule and catch a classic Shakespearean or contemporary performance during the Stratford Festival, the festival that made the town famous.

Enjoy fine art

Browse the collections at Gallery Stratford, known for its focus on regional and Canadian art. The gallery is housed inside a former pumphouse on the aptly named Romeo Street.

Broaden your taste in music

Enjoy a performance by the Stratford Symphony Orchestra and Stratford Concert Choir or explore everything from jazz to Indigenous music at the annual Stratford Summer Music Festival.

Stroll around a garden

Stratford’s Shakespearean Gardens is home to varieties of herbs, flowers and shrubs that feature in the Bard’s plays. The garden is located under the Huron Street bridge.

Visit the historic town hall

A monumental red brick building dating back to the late 1800s, Stratford City Hall is a National Historic Site, added to the register thanks to its majestic stature and architecture.

Be dazzled by a light show

Historic downtown Stratford comes alive with a spectacle of lights during the city’s annual Stratford Festival of Lights held every winter leading up to, and through the holidays.

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Last updated: June 28, 2024

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