Named for Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford has grown to become Canada’s premier arts centre. In addition to the Stratford Festival, Stratford is filled with unique business opportunities, music, culinary treats and visual arts.  The preserved 19th-century architecture and acres of parks and gardens are certain to charm. Stratford has gained a reputation for culinary creativity, showcased at some of the finest restaurants in the country.  The Stratford Festival includes: Stratford Festival, Avon Theatre, Studio Theatre and New Tom Patterson Theatre opening Spring of 2020. Toll Free All Theatres: 1-800-567-1600  |  Stratford Tourism: 1-800-561-7926  |  Bookmark: MORE
This short film depicts how a small Canadian city, bearing the name of Stratford and by a river Avon, created its own renowned Shakespearean theatre. The film tells how the idea grew, how a famous British director, international stars and Canadian talent were recruited, and how the Stratford Shakespearean Festival finally became a triumphant reality. The Stratford Festival is a theatre festival which runs from April to October in the city of Stratford, Ontario, Canada. MORE
For more than a century, beginning in the mid-1850s, Stratford was a railway centre, first for the Grand Trunk, then for Canadian National. In addition to being a regional headquarters for both railways, the city was also home to their locomotive repair facilities, which were set on a 19 acre site in the centre of town. In the boom years of steam power, the Stratford shops employed as much as 40 per cent of the city’s workforce.