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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.)

Don’t miss the fun due to construction delays!

swans on the Stratford Avon River

Meet the true stars of Stratford—our swans!

If there's one image that says Stratford to everyone who visits, it is our swans. Regal, graceful, majestic—these are all words that describe these noble birds. Stratford's honorary ambassadors set the pace for the city. But beware—they can be cranky, and one should keep one’s distance. These birds are, after all, royalty!

The presence of this Royal Family is one of our oldest and proudest traditions. The swans have been lovingly guarded and raised here in Stratford since 1918. You can download and read about our pride and joy in the brochure The Swans of Stratford.

We don’t consider spring officially launched until their annual release, the first Sunday in April. Join the feathery herd as it waddles along to the Avon River, as people watch and cheer them on. The Stratford Police Services Pipes and Drums Band provides the musical lead.  But beware—you'll be observed, too: the swans have been penned up all winter, so you can be sure they'll stretch their curious heads to take a gander at you!

You can learn more about these gorgeous creatures on our StratfordON YouTube Channel that discuss their mating habits, hatching, and tending, and that reveal to you the scandal of swan adultery— the Story of Bonnie and Clyde! These are narrated by Colm Feore to music by Loreena McKennitt, both residents of Stratford.

The parade take places Sunday, April 7th, 2019 beginning at 2:00 pm. It is coordinated by the Civic Beautification and Environmental Awareness Committee in conjunction with City of Stratford’s Community Services.

“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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