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Amazing Day Trips from Toronto: Stratford

By Eva Voinigescu

Day Trips From Toronto: Stratford

Day Trips From Toronto: the charming town of Stratford (Photo: Bobolink)

Named for the British home of William Shakespeare, Stratford, Ontario has long been a destination for theatergoers. The town’s Shakespeare Festival has been its claim to fame for more than 50 years, with world-class actors—like Christopher Plummer and Maggie Smith—interpreting the Bard’s timeless plays and other stage classics. (more…)

Hotel of the Week: Stewart House Inn—Stratford, Ontario

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By Sanam Islam

Photo: Irene Miller

Built in 1870, the Stewart House Inn combines old-world elegance with modern-day comforts. Surrounded by century-old black walnut and pine trees, the inn is on an acre of woodlands overlooking the Avon River parklands, yet is just two blocks from downtown Stratford. Owners Marc Armstrong and his wife Lynn Logie aim to create a high-end, five-star experience for guests, who have included veteran Stratford Shakespeare Festival thespian Christopher Plummer. Each day starts with a homemade gourmet, locally sourced breakfast and in-room silver coffee or tea service and ends with a personalized note and evening treat like cookies or fresh fruit. (more…)

Exciting 60th Season of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Opens this Week


Christopher Plummer stars in a one-man show at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival this season (Photo: Andrew Eccles/Stratford Shakespeare Festival)

Think Shakespeare is boring? Think again. First of all, despite its name, the venerable Stratford Shakespeare Festival is featuring only three plays—of fourteen total—by the Bard this year. That may be disappointing for some, but this season promises to be like no other, with a one-man show starring Christopher Plummer (veteran of the festival since 1956); Wanderlust, a world premiere Canadian musical; and MacBeth as performed by characters from The Simpsons (see the video). (more…)

Aaron and Bronwyn Linley of Bijou Restaurant, Stratford, ON

By Waheeda Harris

Aaron and Bronwyn met at Stratford Chefs School where they both graduated in 1996. They then worked, travelled and worked some more before returning to Stratford, Ontario, to open Bijou and raise their two children, Liam and Hazel.

Inspired by the neighbourhood bistros of France, the Linleys set out to create an atmosphere of comfort and originality, offering simple cooking at unimagined heights. Bijou’s menu—modern French with some Asian and Italian influences—is crafted by Aaron; it changes daily, enabling him to incorporate seasonal ingredients and concentrate on bringing the best possible food to the table. Bronwyn is the pastry chef, and has an equally watchful eye for detail.

What specialty dishes or local items do you recommend to visitors?

Aaron: Any product from Soiled Reputation, Montforte Dairy and elk products from Lyle Renecker

Bronwyn: Pork! Especially in Perth Country.

What’s your favourite place for a meal under $10 in Stratford?

Aaron: Perth County Co-op

Bronwyn: Pearl Sushi