Southern Ontario including Stratford's Tom Patterson Theatre

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  In the early 1950s the Ontario city of Stratford launched a project to present a summer season of Shakespearean plays that has evolved into one of world's great classical theatre companies.  The town had offered the perfect setting for such a venture for decades.  It was almost as though Stratford's large park along the Avon River was waiting for the theatre to be dropped into its reserved place.  The Stratford Festival rescued the town's faltering economy, but the new developments have not altered the quiet beauty of its parks or changed the genuine friendliness of its people.

The Southern Ontario PDF also includes images from three places on the north shore of Lake Ontario – Port Credit and Bronte west of Toronto, and the Scarborough Bluffs to the east – and photos of autumn colours along the Credit River valley north-west of Toronto.

There is a separate PDF focused on the Stratford Festival's new Tom Patterson Theatre, named in honour of the Festival's founder.  This theatre complex is an architectiral jewel, features the Festival's second iconic thrust stage, and incorporates the latest stage technology.

The links to the Pictures Files are below the Sample Images.  A Map and Tables of Contents are provided below that, both in on-screen and printable forms.


Quick Starts: Southern-Ontario.pdf




Sample Images

Here are a few sample images from the picture files.  You can click or tap on these to see larger versions.

Avon River, Stratford, Ontario

Avon River, Stratford

Shakespearan Gardens, Stratford, Ontario

Shakespearean Gardens

Festival Theatre, Stratford, Ontario

Festival Theatre

Tom Patterson Theatre, Stratford, Ontario

Tom Patterson Theatre

Port Credit, Ontario

Port Credit

Scarborough Bluffs, near Toronto

Scarborough Bluffs

Credit River Valley, Ontario

Credit River Valley

Mono Cliffs Park, Ontario

Mono Cliffs Park



Link to Pictures File


You can access the PDF pictures file by clicking or tapping on the link below.


Locator Map

First Stratford and its remarkable parks and theatres, then three places on the north shore of Lake Ontario – Port Credit (in Mississauga), Bronte (in Oakville), and the Scarborough Bluffs (east of Toronto) – and finally fall colours around Orangeville.

A package of printable Ontario Maps is available if you wish paper copies to follow along.

Southern Ontario map

Table of Contents

The Contents tables for these PDFs are reproduced below.  The combined Contents tables for all Ontario pictures files are included in the printable Ontario Contents PDF.

Contents   2
Introduction   3
Map   4
Stratford   5
Parks   8
Theatres  16
Businesses  28
North Shore of Lake Ontario
Map  35
Port Credit  36
Bronte  43
Scarborough Bluffs  46
Fall Colours
Credit Valley Explorer  57
Belfountain  62
Mono Cliffs  71
End  74
Tom Patterson-Theatre.pdf  
Background  2
Architecture  8
Front of House 13
Main Stage 15
Other Performance Spaces 22
Support Areas 25
Looking Forward 28