Shakespeare, Ontario

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Motto: Where Antique and Unique Meet
Country Canada
Province Ontario
County Perth
Municipality Perth East
Elevation 374 m (1,227 ft)
Coordinates 43°22′9″N 80°50′12″W / 43.36917°N 80.83667°W / 43.36917; -80.83667Coordinates: 43°22′9″N 80°50′12″W / 43.36917°N 80.83667°W / 43.36917; -80.83667
Population 1,053 (2011[1])
Founded 1832
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code N0B 2P0
Area code 519, 226
Location of Shakespeare in Ontario

Shakespeare is a village and designated place within the municipality of Perth East in Perth County, Ontario, Canada with a population of 159 in 2011.[2] Shakespeare is located on the Highway 7/8, just east of Stratford (named after Stratford upon Avon, England) and west of Kitchener.


Shakespeare was founded in 1832 by David Bell, and used to be known as Bell's Corner. The name changed from Bell's Corner to Shakespeare in 1852 when Alexander Mitchell suggested naming the town after his favourite playwright.[3]


Every year Shakespeare celebrates the town community with its own holiday called Field day. Field Day is celebrated the second Saturday of June. The event begins with the annual Fireman's Breakfast at the Shakespeare Optimist Hall, soap box derby, baseball games in the morning and is followed by a themed parade at 1 pm. Throughout the day there are free, fun events for children including races, games, and jumpy castles. In the evening, the town gathers for the Shakespeare Community Athletic Association (SCAA) Fish Fry and Dance. Shakespeare celebrates its 70th Field day in 2017, theme is Canada 150th - thru the decades. [4]


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  3. ^ Rayburn, Alan (2001). Naming Canada: Stories about Canadian Place Names. University of Toronto Press. p. 158. ISBN 0802082939. 
  4. ^ "Field Day & Fish Fry". Welcome to Shakespeare Festival Country. 
  • "Toporama - Topographic Map Sheet 40P7". Atlas of Canada. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2009-12-25.