Shakespeare is an important
component of Ontario's regional cultural tourism experience, and for many it is
their first impression of what the region has on offer. Shakespeare is the
Gateway to rural Perth County tourism, as well as the Stratford Shakespeare
Festival, among other festivals and attractions. Shakespeare continues to serve as the Gateway to unique
rural Ontario cultural expectations.
Shakespeare is renown for it's picturesque
rural hamlet heritage, and the pedestrian friendly heritage shopping district.
This district begins at the Perth County Visitors Center, and continues through
the Shakespeare core culminating in the west end local foods specialty shops.
Within these boundaries lies some of the most unique shopping, informal yet
authentic dining and unique boutique European accommodation available in the
The abundance of the
best of rural Ontario's locally produced foods available in our shops, and
produced minutes away in our charming local rural communities that are ready
and waiting to be explored, provides a sense of place, peace and tranquility
that customers can find no-where else. The system of producing foods is as
important as the foods themselves, and the pride of place in our local foods
served and sold in our local shops is not lost on our returning customers.
The most common phrase first uttered by
drive-by customers that choose to stop is "I didn't realize such a wonderful small-town Hamlet like this
still existed". Certainly, the antiques and unique gift shops are a central
draw of their own, with world travelers coming to Shakespeare just to shop in
these shops, and to simply lose themselves in the collections of yesteryear
among objects once familiar to them but that were long forgotten. Everyone can
find that special something to bring them back to yesteryear, and to remind
them to return to Shakespeare once again.
It is this that is what Shakespeare really is. Come and enjoy. We trust you will find: