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Stratford, Ontario

Stratford, Ontario
Full nameStratford
Official nameStratford
Settlement typeCity
MottoIndustria et Ars ("Industry and Art")
Incorporated1859 (town)
Incorporated1886 (city)
MayorDan Mathieson
CouncilStratford City Council
MPsGary Schellenberger
MPPsJohn Wilkinson
Land Area9.8 sq mi (25.28 km2)
Elevation1194.2 ft (364 m)
Total Population30461 (2006)
Density (pop.)1205.1/km2 (3121.2/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneEST (UTC−5)
- Summer (DST)EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code spanN4Z, N5A
Area code519 and 226

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Stratford is a city on the Avon River in Perth County in southwestern Ontario, Canada with a population of 32,000.

When the area was first settled by Europeans in 1832, the townsite and the river were named after Stratford-upon-Avon, England. It is the seat of Perth County. Stratford was incorporated as a town in 1859 and as a city in 1886. The first mayor was John Corry Wilson Daly and the current mayor is Dan Mathieson. The swan has become a symbol of the city. Each year twenty-four white swans and two black swans are released into the Avon River. The town is famous for being the home of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

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