The naming of Stratford (Ontario, Canada) is not coincidental. Stratford upon Avon (UK), is the birthplace of William Shakespeare. This little Canadian city was originally known as Little Thames, but shortly after the building of the Shakespeare Hotel in 1832 the town was renamed Stratford on Avon.

It would be no surprise with the Shakespearean influence, Stratford houses one of the finest theatre companies in Canada. The popular Stratford Festival attracts visitors from across the globe with both its classical and contemporary theatre. The city seems to incite creativity, breading and attracting musicians, actors, artists and writers. It reminds me of a miniature version of Melbourne Australia, which is well known for its creative vibe.

We’ve been in Canada for 4 months, and we’ve already been to Stratford twice to spend a few days or more with friends. There’s something about this place that makes you want to go back. Out of 200 cities across Canada, it ranked 14th and 23rd in ‘Canada’s best places to live’ in 2013 and 2014 respectively, and I can understand why. With only 30,000 people, it’s a great size. The well-kept Victorian style architecture is appealing to the eye, and overall the city has a lot of character and charm.

The downtown has an abundance of different stores, with a personal favourite being the Gallery Indigena. Well, of course, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is a given as well.

I can’t wait until we can get back to Stratford again. Until then, click on the gallery below for a handful of shots down by the River Avon.