Absorb the pastoral countryside of Perth County
And this enjoyment doesn’t stop with Stratford itself. We’re surrounded by the pastoral country lanes, farms, and communities of Perth County. Our charming countryside is bustling with small towns full of well-preserved heritage streetscapes that recall 19th century prosperity. And don't be surprised to see a host of black horse-drawn buggies scurrying along country lanes amid well-kept farms, as we are home to one of the largest Amish communities in North America.
Below is a list of a few of the places you shouldn’t miss when you visit Stratford. Check out our video on Perth County above; it will give you a sense of why you should extend your travel plans while you’re here. You’ll see that we don’t just love history—we live it.
St. Marys - A charming town, 18 km from Stratford, best known for its blocks and blocks of 19th century limestone architecture. The town, dating form 1840, was built surrounding a river and boasts stone trestle bridges, imposing church steeples, a library, an opera house and a grand City Hall.
Listowel - Historic homes and architectural landmarks situated amongst public gardens mark Listowel as a place to visit all year round. It has a strong Celtic heritage and celebrates it every year with a two week festival around St. Patrick's Day called Paddyfest - one of the largest Irish festivals in Ontario.
Milverton - Rich in Amish culture, it has the oldest and largest of the Amish settlements in Ontario. The town offers a variety of experiences: local artisans, quaint gift shops, many buildings of historical interest, beautiful furniture and home decor stores.
Mitchell - With the Thames River and 12 magnificent 19th century homes around Blanshard Street, Mitchell is an architectural gem. The preserved natural areas along the Thames River are an outing in themselves as you enjoy a quiet setting. The annual August Cornfest is one of Perth County's best summer family festivals.
Millbank - Just 20 minutes North of Stratford and set within a large Mennonite population, the town is known for its food, the comfort food of Anna Mae's and the artisanal Millbank Cheese Factory. Visit year-round to eat, shop for garden plants and fresh fruit in season, baked goods, cheese, honey, locally made furniture and more.
Shakespeare - Just East of Stratford, Shakespeare is an antique-lovers mecca with over half-dozen quality shops within a one block radius. A wide range of one-of -a-kind collectables, from 19th century Ontario pine furniture to European and Asian curios, will tempt you.