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Things to do in Stratford, ON.

When on a getaway, the day typically begins with ‘What shall we do?’. In Stratford, you won’t be at a loss to keep your day busy. Even better, stay a couple of extra days and use Stratford as your home base to explore the scenic surrounding area. We’ve put together a list of our favourites so that you can get to the good experiences right away. If you’ve experienced something that we have left off the list, please let us know.

Walk around the beautiful new $70 Million Tom Patterson Theatre, but first checkout what the plan was of the visionaries here.

Events and Festivals

30 Things to do in Stratford

  • The Stratford Blues and Ribfest: June 
  • Enjoy a cocktail at the Relic Lobby Bar
  • Throw a frisbee at the Stratford Festival Athletic Park
  • Tour Stratford Festival theatre’s costume warehouse
  • Hang out in the Market Square
  • Walk Stratford’s historical cemetery
  • Checkout the artists at Art in the Park
  • Tour Stratford’s Junction 56 Distillery
  • View the exhibits at Gallery Stratford, maybe take a class
  • Smell the flowers at Shakespearean Gardens
  • Shop Stratford’s curated department store; the Green Room
  • Walk or run around Lake Victoria
  • Pump it up at Stratford Crossfit
  • Strike a pose at Modo Yoga
  • Shop the Saturday and Sunday Farmers’ Markets
  • Bike/roller skate/skateboard/spectate at Stratford’s All Wheels Park
  • Swim the Lion’s outdoor pool
  • Take a horse drawn carriage ride with historians through the downtown
  • Ride the Avon River with Avon Boat Rentals
  • Taste craft local craft breweries; Black Swan and Jobsite
  • Hike TJ Dolan Conservation Area
  • Picnic at Tom Patterson Island
  • Massage/manicure/pedicure at Illume Spa
  • Cardio at the YMCA
  • Canoe Lake Victoria
  • Listen to some music at Revival House or Boar’s Head
  • Shop for fresh meat at Wild Hog, Stratford’s Country Market
  • Take a cooking class at Stratford Chef School
  • Search for a good read at Fanfare Books.
  • Toasted coconut and mango frozen yoghurt in a waffle cone are my favourites at Jenn and Larry’s.
  • Explore local neighbourhoods.

30 Things to do within an hour of Stratford:

  • Cool off in the St Marys Quarry.
  • Zipline the Elora Gorge.
  • Wakeboard/kayak Windmill Ecopark
  • Bike 25km  Wildwood Park
  • Check out Stratford Perth Museum.
  • Take in rural theatre in Blyth
  • Forage for fiddleheads with Peter Blush of Puck’s Plenty
  • Explore the Black Donnelly mystery in Lucan
  • Watch a movie at Shipka drive-in.
  • Visit The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St Marys
  • Fish the Maitland, Bayfield and Saugreen Rivers
  • Shop St Jacob’s Market.
  • Take in drag racing at Grand Bend
  • Tour of the Goderich Gaol, place of the last public execution in Canada.
  • Bike the 127 km Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail.
  • Travel to scenic Elora, the home of the Elora gorge and the Elora Quarry.
  • Be a kid at the Factory in London.
  • Visit the Quaint town of Bayfield on Lake Huron for the sunsets.
  • Beach it at Grand Bend, Bayfield or Ipperwash.
  • Ever heard of the television show, Mantracker? Try it at Conestogo River Horseback Adventures.
  • Tackle the Aqua Park at Windmill Eco Park.
  • Take a winery tour at Dark Horse.
  • Drive through Amish country and dine at Anna Mae’s
  • Visit St Marys, coffee at Flour Mill apres dip in Quarry
  • Take home some country cooking from Lynn Valley Farms
  • Enjoy everything maple at Blyth Creek Maple Farm. 
  • Bird watch at Mitchell Wetlands
  • Horseback riding at Home on the Range. 
  • Pick your own blueberries at TNT Berries
  • Hike Hullett Marsh or Morrison Da