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A two-hour drive from Toronto, the city of Stratford is home to North America’s largest classical repertory theater. The Stratford Shakespeare Festival is the engine that drives the town, mounting up to 15 productions in four theaters from April to November, and attracting some of the world’s top directors and actors. Other arts festivals and events thrive here, including Stratford Summer Music. The culinary arts are also taken very seriously, spearheaded by the acclaimed Stratford Chefs School. Theater-goers often love to picnic on the banks of the city’s own River Avon, although – for its size – Stratford offers an inordinate amount of ...

A two-hour drive from Toronto, the city of Stratford is home to North America’s largest classical repertory theater. The Stratford Shakespeare Festival is the engine that drives the town, mounting up to 15 productions in four theaters from April to November, and attracting some of the world’s top directors and actors. Other arts festivals and events thrive here, including Stratford Summer Music. The culinary arts are also taken very seriously, spearheaded by the acclaimed Stratford Chefs School. Theater-goers often love to picnic on the banks of the city’s own River Avon, although – for its size – Stratford offers an inordinate amount of excellent restaurants that rank among Canada’s best. From antiques to books, art and much more, it’s a shopaholic’s dream, while nature-lovers enjoy the abundance of lovely gardens and parks.

Joanna Ebbutt
About the Expert

Joanna Ebbutt is the author or editor of three Insight Guides to Toronto and Canada, and coauthor of Off the Beaten Track: Western Canada. She has been writing about travel for three decades, including chasing the aurora borealis in Northern Ontario.

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