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 nature 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 in hundreds of thousands of theatre goers to the area every year. The city has also partnered with the University of Waterloo to bring 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 that has the highest parkland per capita of anywhere in the country.