Stratford Real Estate
The area of Stratford, Ontario was first settled in 1832 and incorporated in 1885. It is located on the Avon River in Perth County, which is in southwestern Ontario. It is a small city with a population of about 31,000 people and an area of 21.92 square kilometers. There is a total of about 12,642 private dwellings. The city started out as a railway junction and is still one today. There are railroads that provide freight links in the area and a passenger carrier as well, the VIA Rail Canada. It is not on the freeway system but is located at the junctions of Highways 7, 8 and Perth Road 119 that connect to Highway 401.
As well as being known as a tourist center, it is the location of the famous Stratford Summer Music Festival that features outdoor and indoor performances by international and local music artists as well as younger Canadian performers in the downtown area. Prices for many of the performances are even free.
Stratford, Ontario is THE center for theater in Ontario and holds the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Canadian plays at the Blyth Festival. There is also a booming visual art scene. There are shows at Art in the Park events and the Gallery Stratford. Changing collections of art can always be viewed at the gallery called Factory 163. There is a great museum called the Stratford-Perth Museum, which was built in the 19th century. Actually, Stratford has some of the most well preserved heritage in Canada. There are many buildings including mansions, cottages, churches, civic buildings and commercial buildings in the area that were built in the 19th century and today operate as bed and breakfasts, shops and restaurants. There are many parks and gardens in the area also, the most famous probably being the one along the Avon River where you can see the most famous citizens of the city the Swans of Stratford.
The Stratford Festival lasts more than six months and has been put on annually since 1953. It features plays performed in four main theaters, the Avon Theatre, the Studio Theatre, the Tom Patterson Theatre and the Festival Theatre. Productions range from plays of William Shakespeare and other playwrights. In fact, the community is named for Shakespeare's birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon in England.