Posted: Aug 16 2018
I was born and raised in Stratford - so I am a bit biased about my hometown – but it is pretty fabulous. It has big city perks with small town charm and a relaxed pace. It is the perfect destination for a weekend. Plan to spend a few nights so you can be sure to visit the many shops and restaurants and take in local activities.
If you are travelling from Toronto it should take you about 90 minutes to drive (depending on traffic of course!) You could take the train - VIA will take you from Union station to downtown Stratford with WIFI and pretty views in about 2 hours. If you have tickets for the Festival Theatre (and you should!) there is a bus service from downtown Toronto to downtown Stratford - very reasonably priced and with frequent runs.
A comprehensive guide to all places to eat, drink, shop, sleep and a full events calendar so you know what to be seeing and doing is this site: www.visitstratford.ca
Here are some of my favourites, and it is just a short list as there are so many more I could add, but this is a good start. Visit their websites and you will see more details.
WHERE TO SLEEP
The Bruce Hotel
Forest Motel and Woodland Retreat
WHERE TO EAT LUNCH
WHERE TO DRINK BOOZE
The Planet Diner
Edison’s Café Bar
York Street Kitchen
WHERE TO EAT DINNER
Pazzo Taverna and Pizzeria
WHERE TO DRINK COFFEE
Edison’s Café Bar
Bar One Fifty Onewww.theprune.com/bar
WHERE TO BUY & TASTE BOOZE
Black Swan Brewery
Junction 56 Distillery
WHERE TO GET YOUR SUGAR FIX
Rheo Thompson Candies
Jenn and Larry’s Ice Cream Shoppe
WHERE TO SHOP
DISTILL – of course!
We are located at 96 Downie,
directly across the street from the Avon Theatre.
Wills and Priorwww.willsandprior.com
The Artful Badgerwww.artfulbadger.ca
Shane Norrie Gallerywww.sncgallery.com
The Green Roomwww.greenroomstratford.ca WHAT TO DO
The Stratford Festivalwww.stratfordfestival.ca
Stratford Perth Museumwww.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
Queen of the Square Cinemawww.queenofthesquare.ca
Stratford Summer Music Festivalwww.stratfordsummermusic.ca
Stratford Art in the Parkwww.artintheparkstratford.ca
Stratford Slow Food Sunday Marketwww.facebook.com/StratfordSundayMarket/
Stratford Farmers Market (Saturday)www.stratfordagriculturalsociety.com/farmers-market/
and…be sure to take a stroll around Lake Victoria and admire the swans!