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Come to Stratford early and stay late! Construction delays may be significant in summer 2019 so be sure not to miss out on any fun!

Hwy 6 to Embro/401: Replacement of large culvert Aug-Nov

Expect delays but road will not be closed. Hwy 7 detour is suggested as above, if there is an overlap.

Hwy 8 between Stratford and Shakespeare: In progress

Beginning in early June, stretches of this road between the west end of Shakespeare and the east end of Stratford will be reduced on weekdays to a single lane, with flag people controlling traffic in both directions. Delays may be lengthy, so please allow additional time for your trip. (Both lanes are expected to be open on evenings and weekends.)


cycling adventure

The play will begin as soon as you arrive.
Rediscover Stratford.

T.J. Dolan Natural Area is part of Stratford’s park system surrounding the Avon River. Meander the north and south river trail loop on foot or on your bike, and explore the side trails ranging from 0.3km to 4.4km. Enter from John Street where there is parking and a map of the area.

Love cycling with locals? Join the Stratford Cycling Club on their first ride of the season, Sunday May 13 starting at Stratford’s Market Square. Meeting at the same location, guests are invited to participate for a small fee in Sunday morning and Wednesday evening rides geared to various levels. Destination rides are also planned monthly.  Several local routes have been mapped out for your enjoyment and convenience.

Ride the newest trail in Perth County, the G2G Trail, a community-based conversion of the former CPR right of way between Guelph and Goderich (127km). Pick up the Perth Harvest Pathway after breakfast or lunch at Anna Mae’s Restaurant and Bakery in Millbank for a ride to Monkton via Milverton. Continue west to Goderich overlooking Lake Huron or travel east toward Guelph.

Hop on your bike for a ride to St. Marys. We’ve mapped out a 60km on-road loop for you to explore. Enjoy the stunning views along the Thames River and stop in at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Stroll Queen Street for a little shopping and some tasty snacks before heading back to Stratford. (Route C5 on map)

On-road Cycling to Shakespeare through lush farmland will make you thirsty. Stop in at the Shakespeare Brewing company for a flight of local craft brews and some tasty bites at the Best Little Pork Shoppe and The British Touch before heading back to Stratford. (Cycling route C4 - 55km)

Did you know that Wildwood Conservation Area has mountain biking trails? Popular trails include four hiking and biking trails from 1.2km – 25km along the Lake Trail. Pack your bike, helmet and water bottle or plan to rent when you arrive. There’s even a bike wash station. Take a look at their new walk-in camp sites and plan a refreshing lake swim to cool off. We’ll make the coffee and delicious meals to keep your appetite satisfied.

Need to rent a bike? We can help. Stop by Avon Boat Rentals overlooking the Avon River or Totally Spoke’d on Ontario Street to get you on your way. Or rent your bicycle when you visit Wildwood Conservation Area. Lots of cycling fun is waiting for you in Stratford. 

Do you enjoy hiking? The Avon Trail is 110km hiking route between St. Marys and Conestogo linking the Thames Valley and Grand River Trails. You’re invited to join their volunteer-led Tuesday Morning Rambles from 9:00am – 11:30am. Pick up your personal maps at Stratford Tourism. Cycling is only allowed on the Lake Trail in Wildwood Conservation Area.

“Stratford itself is the type of walkable wholesome town Rodgers and Hammerstein might write a musical about.”

- Amy Alipio, Associate Editor, National Geographic Traveler

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