We’re part of a vital theatre region here in Southwestern Ontario, with the celebrated Stratford Festival right here in town, exclusively Canadian plays at the nearby Blyth Festival, and vibrant theatre scenes in the neighbouring cities of London and Kitchener.
Our appreciation of music is just as keen; we attract internationally known singers, musicians, and composers, and our town is home to a famous Celtic songstress and the Stratford Concert Band. Our passion for music is perhaps best displayed at Stratford Summer Music, which runs July through August. Here in June? Enjoy our great fiddlers and step-dancers!
We’re also home to an astounding number of gifted artisans and visual artists. That’s why you’ll find the lively artists’ collective of Factory 163 here, along with curated shows at Gallery Stratford, and the al fresco delights of Art in the Park. Stratford also features a number of private galleries.
Interested in the longer story of Stratford? Our history is revealed in the Stratford-Perth Museum. We’re also truly one of Canada’s 19th century architectural gems—home to mansions, Ontario cottages, churches, and civic and commercial buildings, many now converted into shops and restaurants. If you’re coming to visit, you can even stay at a heritage B&B or inn. We’re proud of the fact that Stratford has some of the best-conserved heritage in Canada.
And once you’ve come and stayed with us, we think you’ll agree that the highlight of any visit to Stratford is strolling the acres of parks and gardens along the Avon River as you view our most famous citizens—our colony of swans. We think their beauty and majesty reflect the finest facets of our jewel of a town.