Forest Motel & Woodland Retreat

Stratford's hidden gem

Closed until further notice

Dear Beloved Guests,

It is with heavy hearts that we must announce to you that the main building here at the Forest Motel was lost to a fire on January 26, 2021.

However, by the grace of God, everyone in the building is safe at home with no injuries.

At this time, we are taking time off to come to terms with this terrible loss, and have closed all operations at the Forest Motel until further notice.

Many of our guest rooms were destroyed in the fire, and we are expecting the restoration of our main building to take months at the very least.


Unfortunately at this time we will be cancelling all reservations for 2021, as we are unsure of the restoration and rebuilding timing. This includes reservations in our motel, McCarthy House, and B&B.

If you had a reservation with us, please be patient as we figure out our process for how to cancel and refund your reservations. We are currently without a credit card machine and will likely be offering refunds via E-transfer or cheque by mail. Rest assured that your reservation will be refunded in whatever way possible, however please be patient with us as we create a temporary office to be able to process these cancellations. Once our temporary office is set up, we will be contacting each of you individually to process your cancellations.


Unfortunately our main motel building and office is currently without power, gas, or internet services so all communication for the foreseeable future can be done by email only.

For all of you who have reached out, we appreciate all the love and support you have showered us with. The motel building and all its contents are replaceable, however the relationships that we have built with our wonderful guests over our 16 years of business are certainly not. We are trying, above all else, to cherish all the memories that have been made here, and we certainly encourage you to do the same. We will try to give email updates on the process of this difficult journey when we are able and we send our love to all of you, our treasured guests, family and friends.


With much love,


Kim, Conroy, Ben Schelhaas

And The Forest Motel staff

An Outdoor Getaway



Hotels in Stratford have  something for everybody. Here at the Forest Motel with our 32 acres of forest, lake and wetlands, we provide guests with an array of outdoor activities and amenities at no extra charge.

Our Rooms and Suites

With 20 rooms nestled across our 32-acre property around Lake McCarthy, there is something for everyone.

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Book by phone, email, or online. Book direct with us to take advantage of our price-match guarantee and loyalty program. If you have any questions, we are happy to help. 

Current Specials
$75 Romance Package
Add to any booking!

Add our romance package to your booking for $75 and we will have it ready in your room upon your arrival! Includes a bottle of wine OR 2 Shakespeare Brewing beers, bath bombs (bathtub rooms only), chocolates and a candle.

Specials are not available in combination with any other discounts.

Not available if booked online through OTA's such as Expedia.

Specials can not be retroactively added to reservations that are already confirmed.