Come to Stratford early and stay late! Construction delays may be significant in summer 2019 so be sure not to miss out on any fun!

Hwy 7: Adding a round-about at Line 26 between Stratford and St. Marys/London/401 W

Exits from this roundabout to Line 26 are now closed. This first phase of construction should not significantly affect through traffic on Hwy 7; however, from July 2nd until October, the roundabout will be closed to all traffic. Detours will be signposted, and drivers should allow extra time to follow them.

Hwy 6 to Embro/401: Replacement of large culvert Aug-Nov

Expect delays but road will not be closed. Hwy 7 detour is suggested as above, if there is an overlap.

Hwy 8 between Stratford and Shakespeare: In progress

Beginning in early June, stretches of this road between the west end of Shakespeare and the east end of Stratford will be reduced on weekdays to a single lane, with flag people controlling traffic in both directions. Delays may be lengthy, so please allow additional time for your trip. (Both lanes are expected to be open on evenings and weekends.)


The Mennonite Culture Tour

Event Date: Friday May. 17th, 2019

Event Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Host: Kiwanis Club of Stratford

Contact: 519 305-1556


The Mennonite Culture Tour

Experience Mennonite Culture in St. Jacobs

(This excursion would be of particular interest to partners, guests, and Kiwanians who are available on Friday, May 17). 

It's easy! Just book your tour when you register for the convention.


  • This delightful tour by Your KW Hostwill appeal to anyone interested in the Mennonite culture, trains, or just great shopping!

  • Friday, May 17 | Bus leaves the Arden Park Hotel in Stratford at 9:30 am, returning by about 3:30 pm.

  • This 4 to 5 hour tour includes bus transportation and a light lunch.

  • You may book your tour when you register for the convention.


Board the bus at DCON headquarters (Arden Park Hotel):

  • Enjoy a scenic 40 minute drive to the Mennonite Centre in the heart of St Jacob’s.

Your Guided Tour:

  • Spend one hour at the Mennonite Story Visitors Centre with the curator. Learn about the early settlers of Waterloo county, enjoy the 10 minute film, and then tour the exhibits.

  • Short walk around the corner to Block 3 Brewery for a sampling of beer and some sweet and savoury snacks from Kitchen Kuttings in Elmira, which is a lovely store owned and operated by Mennonite sisters.

  • Meet a traditional Mennonite individual, where you are invited to ask any questions  and learn more about their lifestyle and customs.

Options for Free Time:

  • Visit the Waterloo Central Railway

  • Walk along the trails

  • Shop at the amazing shops of the village of St Jacob’s

Board the bus at The Mennonite Centre to return to Stratford:

  • Enjoy a scenic return trip to the Arden Park Hotel​ 

Cost: $55/Per person

Location: Meet at the Best Western Arden Park Hotel, Stratford, 552 Ontario Street, Stratford


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