Theatre, Food and Art – this city is bustling in the Spring, Summer, and Fall months primarily with theatre,  but truly the activities are endless all year round.

The Shady Nook is situated at the crossroads of two streets, Duke and Earl. The neighbourhood homes have large maple and oak trees and many have wonderful front porches – a beautiful view at any time of the day.

When you are ready to go exploring by foot, car or bicycle you just head straight down Duke and the path unfolds very simply before you. The Shady Nook has two bicycles available for pleasure bicycling to the Avon River, to the Rotary Complex for Saturday Market, to Market Square for the Sunday Market, or to the cemetery where there are degrees of incline for a challenge.

If you are walking to the downtown for shopping, restaurants and theatre it should take you 15-20 minutes. The Avon and Studio Theatre are situated downtown. To reach the Tom Patterson it is a 10 minute walk from The Shady Nook, whereas, you need to leave yourself 30 minutes for a non-strident walk to the Festival Theatre.

More about the Theatres

festivaltheatre_stratfordThe Festival Theatre, majestically situated overlooking the Avon River and Lake Victoria is the oldest. With its sprawling lawns on which you may situate yourself for a picnic lunch or continue down to the banks of the river where you may sit on benches to watch the graceful swans and their cygnets.

The other theatres are the Tom Patterson, situated along the Avon River where there is access to walking trails that take you  around the entire lake .

The other two theatres, The Avon Theatre and The Studio Theatre  are located in the heart of the downtown core where you can taste the food in at least 15-20 restaurants.

  • Avon Theatre – 20 minutes on foot, 5 minutes by car
  • Tom Patterson Theatre – 10 minutes on foot, 3 minutes by car
  • Festival Theatre – 30 minutes on foot, 7 minutes by car


Stratford is known for its Chef’s school so the standard of cooking is set very high in this city. These restaurants represent Italian-Mediterranean, Greek, Thai, Indian, and Chinese Canadian among others. Steak and burger specialities, pub food and more.

Stratford also has its own micro brewery The Black Swan.

Coffee & Chocolate

There are also two specialty coffee shops, the Revel Caffe and Balzac’s Coffee Roastery where you can relax and enjoy your brew.

While downtown you can also visit the three chocolate shops, Chocolate Barrs, Rheo Thompson Candies and the Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory which also sells gelato ice cream.


There is a lot of choice when shopping in the heart of Stratford: plenty of women’s high end clothing boutiques, jewellers, kitchen stores, flower shops, and gift stores. There is a fantastic Children’s Toy Store as well, “Family & Company” that has the best energetic staff to help you pick just the right toy for the right aged child.

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