Explore: Upper Queen's Park
April 18, 2019
Author: Park Property Management
Stratford's Upper Queen's Park, just minutes from our Willow Street and Greenwood Drive apartments, is a wondrous 6 acres of natural beauty and one of the best places in the city for relaxation, recreation, and entertainment.
It's not hard to find beauty in Stratford, but this park is one of the most awe-inspiring areas in the city. From its beautiful gardens and monuments to its expansive green spaces, waterfalls, and gazebos, Upper Queen's Park offers a beautiful setting in every season.
The renowned Stratford Festival calls Upper Queen's Park its home, hosting some of the brightest and most talented actors from around the world. Oscar and Golden Globe award-winner Christopher Plummer made his acting debut here back in 1956 and has since returned frequently to perform at the Stratford Festival.
Nature lovers can walk, ride, or jog along the paved trails throughout the park, or set up a picnic overlooking Lake Victoria. Rent a paddle boat, kayak, or canoe to explore the lake, or take a relaxing tour on the Juliet from Avon Boating.
There are soccer and baseball fields for recreational sport or leisurely fun, and children love the large playground and climbing area located beside the Festival Theatre. After a day of fun in the sun, you can visit Duke's Grille and Ice Cream Shack for a sweet treat right next to the playground.
A footbridge at the base of the park leads pedestrians over the lake to Tom Patterson Island, a gorgeous little grassy island with ample trees for shade. You'll find picnic tables available for everyone to enjoy and benches overlooking the water where you can watch the swans.
Upper Queen's Park hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year starting with the Stratford Festival on April 16th. Other seasonal events include an Easter Egg Hunt, outdoor summer Jazz concerts, the fall Dragon Boat Festival, and the Stratford Winterfest.
Whether you're a long-time resident or you've just moved to Stratford, Upper Queen's Park is one of the best places to enjoy in the city.