Think Stratford for the Holidays

Stratford exterior sign in the winter

To say this year has been out of the ordinary would be an understatement. With the holiday season starting, and the end of 2020 in sight, it’s time to regroup and take a deep breath. Who says the holidays have to be stressful? Stratford has all that you need for your family and friends. And that’s not all – don’t forget to treat yourself too!

For the Active Person

weight room

We all know that person that has made fitness and activity an integral part of their lifestyle. For everyone else, we all know that walking, running, working out and keeping active are important to our health and wellbeing, so why not encourage it?

Check out what is being offered at 3rd Degree Training for a variety of membership options, fitness classes at all levels, and even nutritional advice to give someone that nudge forward. Group classes, memberships and coaching are also available at 782 Athletics.

If the gym scene is a bit too intense or not someone’s style, how about one-on-one movement, yoga and therapeutic services at Reactive Health, or a massage from Aspire Physio? Don’t forget that Stratford has one of the top-rated golf courses and golf schools on Prince Edward Island at Fox Meadow Golf Course.

Take activity to new heights with Red Rock Climbing Wall which offers fun for the whole family with no experience necessary, or add some bounce to life with trampolining at Off the Wallz.

For that person who loves to groove to the music, there is Dance Stars Academy.

If you need a place to let the kids run off some steam, why not book a time to visit Lalaland Kids.

For that horse lover on your gift-giving list, consider riding lessons at Teahill Stable, or Great Northern Adventures for a family sleigh or wagon ride.

And don’t forget about that person that enjoys outdoor motor sports. Green Diamond Motor Sports just might have some great ideas for that person on your list.

For the Hobbyist

painting supplies

It is commonplace that everyone should have a hobby that they love. With the everyday stresses of life, it’s more important than ever to have a release.

Stratford is lucky to have Great Hobbies right in the middle of town. With a great selection of remote-control vehicles, rockets, models and lots of other ideas, lots of people can be crossed off your shopping list with a single stop. The knitter in the family will be happy with a gift from the yarn selection at Stratford Discounters. While visiting there, you can probably check off a few other friends and family too.

Perhaps you know someone that likes to work with their hands? Stratford’s own Happy Potter Studios has lots of classes, kits and events to help someone pursue a passion for pottery, or to try it out for the first time. Robert McMillan Pottery also offers classes as well as high-quality and unique collections for purchase.

For the Homeowner

 interior of a house

Let’s not leave out those friends and family that would appreciate gifts to liven up their home. Don’t forget the selection of home appliances and essentials now available at Kinlock Home Hardware. You can also get outdoor equipment such as mowers at Green Diamond Equipment.

How about treating someone to snow removal with True North Snow Removal or Cover All Snow Removal.

How about someone with a pool or someone who is planning to get one?, Live for Today Pools & Spas, and Earthform Landscaping Pool & Spa have plenty of ideas to transform a back yard into a personal oasis.

For a Weekend of Relaxation

group of people sitting at table eating

With all this gift giving, don’t forget to treat yourself – think about going out to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, or maybe some sweet treats. Stratford has plenty of dining options. Phinley’s Diner is a local favourite with a broad menu selection. For a pub atmosphere, there’s The Whiskey Pub.  For pizza, there is Stratford Pizza Corner or Domino’s Pizza. Keep an eye out for Taco Boyz coming to Stratford, as well as the soon-to-be-open Nimrod’s location.

Looking to treat friends to tea, coffee or a quick bite? Robin’s, McDonald’s, Subway, Tim Horton’s or Lucky Bean Stratford might be just what you are looking for.  

For pure culinary luxury, what about Next Level Cookie, Pastry One or Lucky Bakery? Mouth-watering treats would make an excellent gift for yourself or a special person on your list.

Don’t Forget to Just Breathe

 Fullerton's Creek Conservation Park
Photo: Fullerton's Creek Conservation Park

With all the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, preparations, and gift giving, be sure to enjoy the season. Visit one of the many walking trails. Take a stroll at Fullerton's Creek Conservation Park with your dog. And when the snow flies, enjoy sledding, snowshoeing, skiing, and skating. Robert Cotton Park in now lit up for the holidays, bring your kids for an evening stroll to check out the sparkling lights. Stratford has many opportunities to relax and enjoy the outdoors during this busy season.

Think Stratford

Think Stratford logo

There are lots of other locations and businesses in Stratford that have great gift ideas. Get out there and find them. Stratford’s great business community keeps our town a vibrant place to live, play and work. Check out the business directory on our town website for lots of other local businesses and gift ideas.  If you have a business that is not already in the directory, contact us and we will get you added.