This one’s for the artistically inclined explorers. If you’re dreaming of a place that’s dedicated to all the things you love, then you have to pay a visit to the town of Stratford, Ontario.

From the outside, Stratford resembles a typical charming small town in Ontario, of which there are many!

Heritage buildings, artisan boutiques, and historical landmarks line the streets and you’ll feel transported to a different era.

But, look closer, and you’ll discover that this place is teeming with world-class talent, activities, and attractions centered around performing arts, poetry, and literature.

This town is famous for its annual Stratford Festival, which takes place from April to October — that means you still have time to check it out!

Put on by North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company, the festival presents a dozen or more productions at venues around the city.

That includes classics, contemporary dramas, and musicals, with special emphasis on the plays of Shakespeare.

Speaking of Shakespeare, there is a very special place you have to visit while you’re in town.

The Shakespearean Gardens are a beautiful lush property in Stratford filled with over 60 varieties of plants, including the ones in Shakespeare’s plays.

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You’ll even find a bust of The Bard himself. You can bring your favourite play to read as you soak up the atmosphere.

Another thing that this town is known for is chocolate — and lots of it!

Stratford’s chocolate trail is a must-do during your visit. It’s a self-guided tour of the world-famous confectioners and bakers located throughout the town.

What better way to support local businesses than through your senses by seeing performances, hearing music, and tasting delicious treats?

Finally, we’d be remiss not to mention that it also happens to be Justin Bieber’s hometown — there’s even a museum exhibit in his honour that you can check out until the end of this year.

In short, Stratford is a special place to spend a day or weekend that will renew your appreciation for the arts and the local talent residing right here in our province.