Edition 1: May 15, 2001
In our premiere issue, the Bed and Breakfast Traveller takes you to the town of Stratford. Located in southwestern Ontario, Stratford is a beautiful study in Victorian architecture, classic and modern theater, and warm hospitality.
Victorian architecture, tree-lined streets and an extensive park system set the stage for the Stratford Festival of Canada, the largest repertory theatre in North America. Three theatres house classical and modern dramas, musicals and some of the finest Shakespeare productions in the world. The theatre season runs from April 25 to November 4, 2001, featuring fourteen productions. Visit the Stratford Festival website to view the schedule and learn about the many fringe activities. www.stratfordfestival.ca
Huron Street Bridge and Perth County Courthouse
Two amazing exhibitions at Gallery Stratford feature the ABC’s of POP ART, American, British and Canadian: Major Artists and Their Legacy (May 6 to September 9) and A Stage for Dionysos: Theatrical Space & Ancient Drama – the only Canadian showing of this major exhibition of Classical Greek Theatre.
Visit www.gallerystratford.on.ca for details.
Celebrate Canadians and their inventions at the Stratford-Perth Museum. From May to November this exhibition focuses on people, events and things that make us proud to be Canadians.
The Arthur Meighan Gardens: Stratford Festival of Canada
View 350 quilts at the Stratford Armoury where The Quilt: A Breast Cancer Support Project is on display (May 18 to September 2). These beautiful quilts will be auctioned at Stratford’s Festival Theatre on Saturday, November 10, 2001. “Under the Covers” weekend packages are available. Visit www.thequilt.com for more details.
The New Stratford Summer Music features over 40 concerts within ten days – July 25 to August 5. Enjoy late night jazz with John Alcorn Jazz & Trio at The Church Restaurant. Listen to Quartetto Gelato in the City Hall Auditorium or John Scott on the organ in Knox Church. Many more performers are scheduled throughout the festival. Tickets can be booked through the Stratford Festival Box Office. View www.stratfordsummermusic.ca for details.
Excellent shopping in a vibrant Victorian downtown include book shops, art galleries, studios and antiques. Historical walks, Shakespearean Garden Tours, Double Deck Bus tours and City Hall tours combine with backstage and costume warehouse tours to assure you of a memorable experience. Bring your golf clubs and play the picturesque courses in Stratford and the area.
Quaint shops along York Street
Dining in Stratford is outstanding. Variety abounds in majestic settings, cozy and intimate or contemporary, light and airy. Picnic along the Avon River and watch the graceful swans float by. The choice is yours.
Welcoming bed and breakfasts offer comfortable and charming accommodation all through the year. Drink in the fall colours or enjoy a restful winter getaway in Stratford. The Parade of Lights, Winterfest, the Stratford Garden Festival, music concerts and an array of special events take place throughout the year. Complete visitor services are available all year. You will find your Stratford visit dramatically different!
Autumn along the Avon
Photographs for this issue taken by Richard Bain