Stratford (Ontario)

Stratford City Hall at 1 Wellington Street

Stratford is a town in the Canadian province of Ontario that is internationally known for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, acclaimed for its presentation of Shakespearean, classical and musical theatre.

Stratford Tourism office, 47 Downie Street (across from City Hall), toll-free: +1-800-561-7926.



 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) -3.2 -2.2 3.1 10.6 18.3 23.1 25.4 24.3 20.0 13.1 5.6 -0.4
Nightly lows (°C) -10.2 -9.7 -5.0 1.0 6.8 11.8 14.0 13.3 9.7 4.4 -0.6 -6.5
Precipitation (mm) 28.7 25.4 46.8 76.0 82.2 77.4 90.1 83.3 104.3 79.2 79.3 47.7
Snowfall (cm) 75.0 43.6 28.3 9.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.6 22.5 63.4

Get in

By car

From Toronto: follow Highway 401 west to Kitchener, then west via Highways 7/8.

From London: east via Highway 7.

By bus

For Stratford Shakespeare Festival theatre-goers, the Festival offers Toronto Direct/Kitchener Direct - a non-stop bus service from Toronto and Kitchener to Stratford for matinee performances on selected weekends in July, August and September. Contact the Festival Box Office at +1-800-567-1600 to book.

By train

By plane

Travellers arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Kitchener-Waterloo International Airport, or London International Airport will require another mode of transportation to get to Stratford. Stratford Airporter, toll-free: +1-888-549-8602. Provides shuttle service between Stratford and Toronto Pearson International.

Get around

By taxi

Taxis are plentiful and service is available for a flat rate of $8 within Stratford (as of July 2009).


Festival Theatre and Arthur Meighen Garden, Stratford

The Festival runs from April to October at the following theatres:

In addition to the play performances, the Festival hosts a wide range of tours and events. Check the Festival website for more details.

Other attractions include:

The herb garden in the Shakespearean Gardens at the Huron Street Bridge, Stratford


Stratford is the home town of pop superstar Justin Bieber. The city has a guide of places he used to hang out at. The schools are not open for tours, and has no places where he lived.


Startford's downtown core has an eclectic assortment of stores to browse, including bookstores, clothing boutiques, toy stores, and craft stores. Stroll along Ontario, Wellington, and Downie Streets to get an overview. The stores downtown are generally open 7 days a week during the theatre season. Most stores open at 9:30AM and close at 5:30PM, and many stay open until 8PM on Friday evenings.

The Theatre Stores, located at the Festival Theatre and the Avon Theatre, +1 519 271-0055 x2320, sell gifts, clothing, books and music related to the current year's Stratford Festival playbill.


For a pre-theatre meal, be sure to make a reservation.




There are variety of accommodation options for visitors to Stratford, including a large number of B&Bs. This is a small sampling of what's available, the Stratford Tourism Alliance website has a more complete list. Prices quoted below are for high season, which runs from approximately mid-April to mid-November.



Vacation Rentals


Bed & Breakfasts


Stratford Public Library, 19 St. Andrew Street, +1 519 271-0220, . Free computer/internet access.

Go next

Some options for further travel include:

Routes through Stratford

Sarnia St. Marys  W  E  Kitchener Toronto
Sarnia St. Marys  W  E  Kitchener Markham
Goderich Clinton  W  E  Kitchener Hamilton

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