Discover Heritage Canadiana in Stratford
There’s a reason why Stratford enjoys such a legacy of architectural grandeur and genteel beauty. As the county seat, a major Canadian railway hub, and a center of furniture manufacturing in Canada, our small city became a prosperous and important community in the 19th century.
But our history isn’t just about Victorian glory. Our story can be, as Shakespeare might say, both rich and strange—sometimes amusing, sometimes chilling, but never boring. We’re what we are because of everyday workers, the famous, and the infamous—we were shaped by figures ranging from Thomas Edison to Justin Bieber and everyone in between. You might enjoy learning more about our story through some of the fun interactive tours we have available to browse and download. Or you can drop by one of our two tourism offices and pick up itineraries for interactive walking tours with titles like “Saints or Sinners?”
We’re proud of how walkable our city is. The large heritage district in the center of the city stretches for miles, and is perfect for strolling and gazing. Search our interactive map by heritage sites, buildings, characters, and more. We also offer a number of heritage or garden walking tours. You can simply download a map of our history walks, or one of our audio guides, and start exploring.