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 7: Adding a round-about at Line 26 between Stratford and St. Marys/London/401 W

Exits from this roundabout to Line 26 are now closed. This first phase of construction should not significantly affect through traffic on Hwy 7; however, from July 2nd until October, the roundabout will be closed to all traffic. Detours will be signposted, and drivers should allow extra time to follow them.

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.)


Best of Bayfield River, 3 Trail Hike with The Avon Trail

Event Date: Saturday Mar. 30th, 2019

Event Time: 9 am - 2 pm


Contact: 905-616-0454


Best of Bayfield River, 3 Trail Hike with The Avon Trail

Distance: 4 to 6 km total. Pace: Medium. Terrain: Moderate-Challenging. Duration: 5 hours (2 travel, 3 hiking). MEET AT 9 am AT GIANT TIGER parking lot to carpool (approx. 45 mins) to Bannockburn Conservation Area east of Varna. All three trails are loops with parking at trail heads. Hike 1: Bannockburn is a rugged hike over stunning countryside including meadow, marsh, scrubland, cedar forest, and deciduous forest. Then short carpool to Hike 2: Mavis-Taylor, between Varna and Bayfield. Mixed terrain including pine forest with a gorgeous view of the Bayfield River Valley. Then short carpool to Hike 3: (dependent on conditions) Sawmill, north side of the river, east of Bayfield. Historical, forested trail descending into the valley. Includes the site of a ford used by First Nations people and early settlers and “Heart Break Hill,” named in honour of a jilted early resident. These trails are beautiful and feature plaques with info on ecological and historical features. Optional lunch in Bayfield. Please bring water and snacks and dress in sturdy boots and layered clothing. Back in Stratford around 2 pm.

Location: Giant Tiger (Northwest parking lot), Stratford, 477 Huron Street, Stratford


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