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Nestled in the heart of Southwestern Ontario, Perth County lays claim to some of the province’s richest and most bountiful farmland. But it’s about much more than that. Perth County is a study in contrasts. It’s where lush, rural farmland and back country roads intersect with arts and culture, where historic architecture mingles with some of the newest culinary trends. Perth County serves up a diverse range of memorable experiences, whether you’re travelling as friends, as a couple or as a family. You may run out of time when you’re here, but you certainly won’t run out of things to do.

There are so many good things to see and do in Perth County that it would be impossible to do it all in one visit. Thousands of people attend the Stratford Festival Theatre every day in season. Foodies could spend a week just exploring the four-star restaurants, farmers' markets and specialty food shops in the area. On the sporting end of things, there's the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, several golf courses, the paddle boats in Stratford, and the world's largest natural swimming pool in St. Marys. Each town and village offers it's own specialty, from the Spinrite Yarn and Craft outlet in Listowel to the antique shops of Shakespeare. Listowel hosts it's annual Paddyfest in March and Milverton has it's Rodeo. With many other special events and festivals such as Stratford Summer Music and Savour Stratford Perth County, you'll want to return to Perth County many times throughout the year, whether it's for the day, a week or a weekend getaway. A few of our prominent citizens share why they are proud to call Perth County "Home".

A Welcome Message from Bob Wilhelm, Warden of Perth County

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Things To Do

What's On:

  • Annual Forbidden Ride Motorcycle Event - second-last weekend in May
  • SAVOUR STRATFORD BACON & ALE TRAIL -Starts Mon Dec 30 2013, 9 am - 5 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 5 pm - Sat and 10 am - 2 pm - Sun at Purchase your Bacon & Ale passes in person at Stratford Tourism Alliance (47 Downie Street), Stratford (Office hours for December are 9 am - 5 pm - Mon-Fri, 10 am - 5 pm - Sat and 10 am - 2 pm - Sun
  • Stratford Farmers' Market -Starts Thu Jan 2 2014, Open Year Round , Sat , 7 am - 12 pm at Stratford Rotary Complex - Agriplex, Stratford, 353 McCarthy Road, Stratford
  • Stratford Festival -Starts Mon Apr 21 2014, Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat- Hours: 2 pm performances and 8 pm performances at Stratford Festival, 55 Queen Street, Stratford , 55 Queen Street, Stratford

Day Trips & Getaways

“We love places where we can swim, or golf, or take a hike. It’s so regenerating.”

There are all kinds of opportunities to experience nature and participate in recreational activities in Perth County. Conservation area trails, golf courses, tube slides, swimming pools, splash pads, tube slides, skating rinks and cross-country skiing trails offer year-round activities to suit your mood, your age and your inclinations. Come for the day, or stay for a weekend - or a week!

Explore Perth County's Communites

I would like to welcome you to Perth County where lush countryside is dotted with the charm of historic hamlets and towns. This guide will assist you in customizing a unique experience that is just your own. From farm gate products to farmers markets, festivals and fairs - Perth County offers an authentic rural experience that will provide a welcome break from your busy lifestyle. I'm delighted to invite you to stop, shop and join our events all year long... and to truly experience all that Perth County has to offer.
- Bob Wilhelm, Warden of Perth County

Read Testimonials by some folks who are proud to call Perth County their home.

Fabulous Food at Anna Mae's

Fabulous Food

“We found the food incredible – from the markets and farm stands to the first-rate restaurants. We’re definitely coming back for seconds.”

Perth County has more than its fair share of superb restaurants, in part thanks to the Stratford Chefs School, which releases a new brigade of highly-trained graduates every spring, many of whom choose to stay local. Then there are Perth County’s farmers who produce some of the best pork, beef, dairy products, vegetables and organic produce in the province. With such growing interest in all things culinary, the area has also developed some delectable foodie events, which just seem to get bigger and more popular with each passing year.

Shopping & Treasures

“The caliber of shops here astounds me. They’re amazing!”

Spring in Perth County means garden centres are bustling, the shops are full of colours and garage sales are multiplying like bunnies. By summer, farmers’ markets are in full swing, artists are in the parks again and the farm auctions are well under way. Fall and winter are the perfect times for finding gifts, picking up project supplies, doing a little decorating or stocking up for the holidays. In Perth County, shopping is always in season.

Stay in Perth County

From stunning heritage B&B's to modern and funky boutique inns, you'll find the perfect retreat in Perth County. And our innkeepers will always give you a warm welcome!

Arts, Culture & Heritage

“Perth County is buzzing with arts and culture.”

Look in any corner of Perth County and you’ll find that arts and culture is not only alive and well – it’s thriving. Attracted in part by the largest repertory theatre in North America, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, artists have flocked to Perth County in search of a creative and supportive climate in which to pursue and present their crafts. This is evident in the area’s many art galleries, historic theatres and museums, as well as through its many events and festivals.

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