Stratford, Ontario has a population of over 30,000 people and is located in southwestern Ontario.
The city is on the Avon River, where 24 swans are released each year (the swan is a symbol of the city).
The city covers 26.95 square kilometers in Perth County and is located near the larger cities of Kitchener and London.
The city and nearby river were named after Stratford-upon-Avon in England when Europeans settled in the area in 1832.
The two largest industries in Stratford are tourism and manufacturing, although the commercial, financial, and service industries are also big contributors to the local economy.
There are many public and private (including Christian) elementary schools (K-6) to choose from in Stratford and its surrounding areas.
Nickname(s): The Sunshine City
Land: 26.95 km2
The two largest industries in Stratford are tourism and manufacturing, although the commercial, financial, and service industries are also big contributors to the local economy. The Stratford Shakespeare Festival is one of the main tourism draws, and isa substantial contributor to the local economy. The Wright Business Park provides businesses with fully serviced lotsand with flexible zoning for all types of industries.
Stratford Economic Enterprise Development Corporation (SEED Co.) provides resources and opportunities for business development, expansion, and investment in the city.
Stratford is known for its Shakespeare Festival, which runs from April to October each year. The event is internationally recognized and brings theatregoers, actors, and playwrights to the city from around the world. A Summer Music Festival is also held each year and features artists from numerous countries who play at indoor and outdoor venues during the festival.
The city is home to a number of beautiful parks and gardens, many of which are situated near the Avon River. Nearby walking trails and conservation areas provide peaceful escapes, and there are guided (and self-guided) tours available. A large heritage district in the city’s centre allows a glimpse into the past, while numerous galleries and shops display local goods and art.
The city is divided in three main areas: the Center, the North and the South.
Stratford’s downtown/ central section includes the Avondale Cemetery, T J Dolan Natural Area, and Stratford Festival. Lake Victoria can also be found in this section of the city. This area has more retail/commercial options than other areas do, including big box stores and a number of restaurants.
The north section of Stratford features the Stratford Fairgrounds, Stratford Country Club, and a number of smaller parks and greenspaces. There are few retail and dining options in this section of the city, as it is mostly residential.
In the south section of Stratford, there are a number of parks and greenspaces in mostly residential neighbourhoods. There are many businesses along the south edge of the city (outside of the residential areas), including a number of auto-related businesses.
A combination of condos and single-family homes can be found in the city’s north section. Most of the homes are affordable, with the exception of a few higher-end, larger homes. Most of the single-family homes are located on large lots and many of the condos are newer builds. In the city’s centre section, single-family homes range from higher-priced options in the west to more affordable ones in the east. There is a mix of older homes and new builds. Condo options can be new builds or heritage building conversions. There are also a number of commercial options, many of which are located in the city’s heritage buildings. Single-family homes in the city’s southern section are more affordable, with a mix of large and smaller lots. There are also commercial options in this area, particularly just on the edge of the city’s boundary.
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The table above is based on data from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) National MLS® Report for April 2016 (the latest information available). Median prices are based on data from www.canadianrealestatemagazine.ca.
There are many public and private (including Christian) elementary schools (K-6) to choose from in Stratford and its surrounding areas. There are two public secondary schools (7-12) and one private (Catholic) secondary school in Stratford.
There are three post-secondary options for Stratford residents. Conestoga has a campus in the city, and offers full-time and part-time programs in fields such as business, hospitality, and design. Stratford Chefs School offers training in all aspects of culinary techniques and serving.
The University of Waterloo Stratford Campus offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business, digital arts, and project management. Other post-secondary options can be found in nearby Kitchener and London.