If you’re looking for a city with historic charm, prizewinning gardens and picturesque rivers, look no further than Stratford, Ontario. This city has over 335 acres of natural areas and has been a leader in ecological gardening practices. Stratford is ideal for food lovers as it provides culinary tours, a chef’s school surrounded by farms, and shops specializing in delicacies such as chocolate and cheese. Home to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, this festival brings hundreds of thousands of theater-goers to the area every year. The city has also partnered with the University of Waterloo to get a satellite campus right in the downtown, specializing in Interaction Design and Business.
Stratford is 40 min outside of Kitchener-Waterloo and London and just over an hour drive from Toronto. This location is ideal for people who want to be close to the action but enjoy living in a city with the highest parkland per capita of anywhere in the country.