Stratford and Guelph
Cities with European Charm of the Nineteenth Century
Pick up locations and times:
Scarborough: 8:00 am
Scarborough Town Centre
La-Z-Boy Furniture parking lot, 530 Progress Ave.
North York: 8:30 am
Sheppard West Subway Station, Passenger Pick-Up/Drop Of
Mississauga: 9:00 am
Square One (LCBO parking lot - 65 Square One Drive)
This tour will introduce you to two incredibly beautiful small cities with irresistible European charm: Stratford and Guelph. As a bonus, you will pay a short visit to a small town with a name that says about its origin by itself: New Hamburg. Stratford, New Hamburg and Guelf were founded by Scottish, English, Irish and German settlers in the first half of the 19th century.
We will begin our sightseeing trip with Stratford. This city is well-known in the English-speaking world for its famous theatre festival. Stratford downtown is immensely attractive with its nineteenth century architecture, beautiful parks and gardens, walkways along Avon-River and Lake Victoria with its iconic swans. There are many restaurants, chocolateries, cafes, pubs and restaurants where you can dine or have a sip of coffee or beer. There are also fine art galleries, antique shops and shops where you can find fine china “Made in England”.
Stratford City Hall
Perth County Courthouse
Land of Youth
Tom Patterson Theatre
After leaving Stratford on the way to Guelph we will drop in New Hamburg. As you might guess from the name of the settlement, it was founded by German immigrants.
The main town’s attraction is the largest working water wheel in North America.
Then we will head off to the university city of Guelph.
There, we will pay a special attention to a very picturesque downtown, dominated by the majestic Catholic Basilica of Our Immaculate Virgin Mary, whose architectural appearance is inspired by the Cologne Cathedral.
Nearby, in front of the Guell Civic Museum, is a sculpture of John McCrae, author of Canada's most famous poem, "In Flanders Fields".
We will drive through the campus of the University of Guelph and will stop at the iconic statue of the Griffin.
Next to the university campus is the Guelph Art Gallery which we will visit.
In the gallery’s sculpture park you will enjoy looking at four dozen fascinating works of the best contemporary sculptures in Canada.
Church of Our Lady Immaculate
Guelph Civic Museum
Guelph Market Square
Art Gallery of Guelph