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.)
Encourage individuals, businesses, local, provincial, national and industry associations or groups to work collectively and invest in and develop, market and manage tourism.
Finance and supervise the work of the organization through the solicitation and collection of monies from:
Stratford Tourism Supplement (STS)
Co-operative marketing investments
Government marketing partnerships
Act as an effective voice to all levels of government and the public, increasing awareness of the contributions of the tourism sector to the community and to create understanding of the industry's needs.
Maintain high standards of product, service and training.
Report regularly and openly to partners, contributors and the public stakeholders about the intentions, goals and results of the activities undertaken by the Alliance.
Establish systems and procedures for the efficient and effective operation of the Corporation.
Maintain offices and facilities required for the purposes of the Organization.
The Stratford Tourism Alliance's primary marketing efforts are to:
Promote and capitalize on the Stratford brand. The Stratford brand is made up of all of the experiences and products that characterize the destination: the parks system; the heritage architecture; fine dining; unique events; cultural activities; sports activities; distinctive shopping and rural ambiance.
Ensure Stratford's image is one of high quality. All public communication - ads, brochures, Web site - must be of the highest quality and reflect a consistent style and look. Operators in the industry are encouraged to support the quality Stratford brand.
Encourage members to subscribe to the highest standards of product and service and celebrate those individuals and businesses that demonstrate innovation and leadership in service and training excellence.
Build partnerships within the region, the province, the country and in the international marketplace.
Facilitate new product development and support programmes that create new demand.
Measure and track marketing initiatives. Marketing planning should be based on reliable and accurate data and all programs should be evaluated according to previously established goals. The industry should be encouraged to develop research data and share information.
Inform the community on the value of the tourism economy and issues that affect tourism.
“Stratford itself is the type of walkable wholesome town Rodgers and Hammerstein might write a musical about.”
- Amy Alipio, Associate Editor, National Geographic Traveler