Destination guide

Visit Stratford, the perfect vacation spot in Ontario

Every year, thousands of travelers choose to spend their vacation in Stratford, a community in Ontario inspired by the arts. Named after Stratford-upon-Avon in England, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford is the premier vacation spot for those who appreciate the arts thanks to its festival season, featuring both the world-renowned Shakespeare Festival and the Stratford Summer Music festival. In addition to the arts, Stratford offers visitors a thriving historic district and some of the most gorgeous parks anywhere in Ontario. Whatever type of fun you’re looking for, you’ll find it by visiting Stratford, ON.

Things to do

See all the sights in Stratford

Get away from your Stratford, ON, Canada vacation rental for a little while, and hit the town to see a few of the most interesting attractions. Stratford is a particularly exciting community for art aficionados, with prestigious galleries like the Agora Gallery and Koolen Fine Arts. There are also a variety of family-friendly attractions such as the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, McCully’s Hill Farm, and Stratford Splash Pad. If you want to relax with an adult beverage at the end of the day, you can visit Bell’s Winery and enjoy a glass, all fermented on site.


Fun, memorable activities to enjoy in Stratford

Step outside the door of your Stratford, ON, Canada vacation rental, and you’ll find nearly limitless chances for fun. The Shakespeare Festival, for example, takes place every summer and will allow you to see world-class performances of some of the most famous plays in history. If you’re looking for thrills and chills out of your vacation, you should go on the popular Ghosts of Stratford walking tour, taking you past some of Stratford’s supposedly haunted buildings. Stratford also boasts three first-rate golf courses where you can hit the links and enjoy eighteen holes.


Stratford, ON seasonal travel weather

While Stratford is a popular destination for vacationers during almost every time of the year, some seasons are more popular than others. Picking the right time of year will help make sure you have the relaxing vacation you need and deserve. Like most vacation spots, the best time of year to travel to Stratford is during the summer. While the months of June, July, and August are also the rainiest in Stratford, temperatures will be comfortably in the 70s, making it easy to spend time outdoors. Summer is also when the most popular festivals in this city take place.

Natural features

Geographical landmarks in Stratford, ON

Stratford Is found in Perth County, nestled along the banks of the Stratford River, meaning visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront. If you drive outside of the city, you will soon encounter rolling farmlands, as the city was founded as an agricultural hub. The area around Stratford features gorgeous scenery, including several wildlife conservation areas where you can encounter animals and plants in their natural habitat. While you probably won’t see them in the wild, every year as part of the Shakespeare Festival celebrations, the town of Stratford releases twenty-four swans into the Avon River.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Stratford

Fly into London, ON (YXU-London Intl.), the closest airport, located 25.1 mi (40.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Kitchener, ON (YKF-Region of Waterloo Intl.), which is 30.5 mi (49.1 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, you can make your way to Stratford Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Stratford?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 54 vacation rentals near Stratford. From 27 Houses to 6 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Stratford for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Stratford?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Stratford. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Stratford City Hall: 56 vacation rentals
  • Avon Theatre: 56 vacation rentals
  • Festival Theatre: 56 vacation rentals
  • Stratford Station: 56 vacation rentals
  • University of Waterloo Stratford Campus: 56 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Stratford listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Stratford?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 27 Houses in Stratford. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Stratford include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 6 rentals available
  • Studios: 7 rentals available
  • Hotels: 4 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bed & breakfasts and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Stratford?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 21 vacation rentals with pool available in Stratford. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.