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10 Things To Do In Stratford, Ontario

What better way to start my first blog post than with my hometown? It's nowhere near the size of Toronto, but it's only a short drive from the provincial capital and in my opinion, definitely worth at least a day trip! Here I've listed some of the top things to do in Stratford.

1. Visit the Avon River
Named after the River Avon in England, it’s especially beautiful to walk around during the summer. Just beware of the resident swans who get a little touchy if you go near them! During the warmer months, you can either relax on the Avon River cruise, or try out one of the boat rentals.

2. Explore Upper Queen's Park
Sitting atop a hill overlooking the Avon River, it’s home to the Stratford Festival, a bandshell where concerts are often performed, and is always bustling with people strolling through the shade or having picnics. The tennis courts are also situated in the park, as is Gallery Stratford. There is also a lovely waterfall feature that’s great for taking photos at!

3. The Stratford Festival
The pride and joy of the city. From April - October, thousands of people flock to Stratford to attend performances in one of the many theatres across the city. It is one of the most prominent arts festival in Canada and is recognized worldwide. It hosts a variety of plays, and is most notable for its Shakespearean adaptations. Definitely a must if you’re visiting the city. You never know what famous actor may be gracing the stage!

4. City Hall & Market Square
Sitting in the centre of the Market Square, it’s very hard to miss! The square has recently been renovated as well, making it more pedestrian friendly.

5. Shop on Ontario Street
Take a stroll along one of the city’s main streets. It’s full of quirky shops and places to eat. MacLeods Scottish Shop is a personal favourite of mine.

6. Design Your Own Pizza at Pazzo's Taverna & Pizzeria
This is by far my favourite restaurant in town. There's fine dining upstairs, or you can opt for the pizzeria downstairs where you can design your own stone baked pizza!

7. York Street Detour
It may only be small, but York Street definitely has some hidden gems. York Street Kitchen has some of the best sandwiches I've ever had, and if you fancy something sweet after you can pop next door to Jenn & Larry's for some ice cream.

8. Ice Cream & Poutine
Scooper's is very popular in town for its large selection of ice cream flavours. Next door is Boomers, whose fantastic twists on the classic poutine has put them on the hit television show You Gotta Eat Here!

9. Rheo Thompson's
Stratford's famous chocolate shop. They have an incredible display of chocolates, all made on site. It's a hot spot for festival goers in the summer time, but is open all year round so don't worry! The mint smoothies are what they're best known for so don't leave the city without trying them!

10. Savour Stratford Chocolate Trails
More chocolate? Why not! This is a self-guided tour that takes you to various confectioneries around town, where you get to indulge in chocolate and see how it's made!


My name is Krista, and like many people I love to travel! I think it's important that people share their travel experiences, so I hope that mine help you in some way in your own travels, or inspire you to travel more! 

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