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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.)

  • Photo of Castle Kilbride
  • Photo of Castle Kilbride
  • Photo of Castle Kilbride
  • Photo of Castle Kilbride
  • Photo of Castle Kilbride

Castle Kilbride is a grand Victorian mansion that was constructed in 1877 and is now a National Historic Site. Businessman, entrepreneur and politician James Livingston commissioned the Italianate home. James was a poor Scottish immigrant who made his fortune in the flax industry. As a tribute to his birthplace in East Kilbride Scotland , James called his beautiful home, "Castle Kilbride."

The Castle was home to the Livingston family for three generations from 1877 to 1988. The last generation sold the home to a developer and the Castle was left vacant for 5 years and began to deteriorate rapidly.In 1993, the Township of Wilmot purchased the home and intensive restoration began.

By September of 1994, the Castle had been restored to its former glory and the doors were opened to the public as a community museum with Township offices "twinned" to the exterior of the home. The Castle's exterior may dominate the rural landscape, but it is the treasures that are hidden inside that make this building worthy of National significance!

Once entering the home visitors will be overwhelmed by the magnificent trompe l'oeil paintings that fill the home. Trompe l'oeil is a French term that means "fools the eye." Wall and ceiling murals are painted to give the illusion that they are three-dimensional objects. Is it real or not? Castle Kilbride also offers both permanent and temporary exhibitions.


Don’t miss the fun due to construction delays!

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