It's the hometown of Justin Bieber, the location of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and one of the loveliest towns in southwestern Ontario. Set on the Avon River, Stratford, Ontario is just 1-1/2 hours away from Toronto's Pearson International Airport and 50 minutes from London, Ontario. With its 19th-century ambiance, picturesque parks and gorgeous gardens, it's a picture-perfect destination for a spring and summer business meetings and team building retreats, especially for corporate groups with many arts lovers.
Examples of the arts scene in Stratford include the Stratford Summer Music Festival, Art in the Park, during which artists set up their easels on the Avon River's banks, and Gallery Stratford that houses a collection of visual art in a converted 19th-century pumphouse surrounded by a beautiful park with sculptures.
Since 1953, the Stratford Festival has presented Shakespearean plays and other classic theater works. For its 61st season, the work that will be performed includes:
- Fiddler on the Roof
- Romeo and Juliet
- Merchant of Venice
Performances are held at 4 event venues: Festival Theatre, Avon Theatre, Tom Patterson Theatre and Studio Theatre. These spaces are all available for rent when the Stratford Festival is not in season.
Stratford Country Club is another event venue that accommodates up to 175 guests.
Where to Stay in Stratford Ontario
Places to stay include Festival Inn Stratford , a 182-room historical inn set with meeting and event facilities for up to 400 guests, the Arden Park Hotel, one of Stratford's newest with 144 guest rooms and 10 function rooms, Shakespeare Inn, a 50-oom inn close to the Stratford Festival Theatre, the 28 room Best Western Plus The Parlour Historic Inn & Suites, and Queen's Inn, a 32-room historical inn.
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