Forest Motel & Woodland Retreat

Stratford's hidden gem


In the heart of Ontario lies Stratford, a world-class city disguised as a small rural town. And , well, you found it: this precious gem of a place known as the Forest Motel and Woodland Retreat.

With many Stratford hotels to choose from, our guests come back year after year to take advantage of our quiet and peaceful spot. They have breakfast by the lake, enjoy bicycle and boat rentals, stroll along our walking trails, reminisce around the campfires, and cozy-up in our comfy, clean accommodations.​

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.

Walking/Snowshoe Tours at the Forest Motel

Explore our property and learn about our history and nature here at the Forest Motel with a 1 or 2 hour guided walking or showshoe tour! 

Currently still operating during the province-wide shutdown. Outdoors only!

Ice rink rentals

We are renting out our private ice rink on McCarthy Lake! Only one household at a time may use it. Priced at $50/hour plus tax. 

Call the office to book

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.

We've made some changes due to COVID-19

The safety of our guests and staff is of utmost importance to us here at the Forest Motel.

Here are some things we are doing differently during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • From January 14 until February 11, 2021, we are no longer permitted to accept reservations for short-term rentals. 

  • Rooms for quarantining are available at the rate of $375/week + tax. Contact us for further details on our house rules regarding self-quarantining.

  • For long-term stays

  • No face-to-face check-ins or check-outs. All guests are asked to self-screen for COVID symptoms before arrival. When you arrive we will check your ID through the office window and pass through to you a check-in package with all the necessary information for you to find your room and have a quiet, enjoyable stay. To check-out just drop your key and registration card in the drop-box at the front office.

  • No continental breakfast. 

  • No stay-over housekeeping service. If you are staying more than one night, for the safety of our staff we are not offering housekeeping service. However, if you need anything you can call down to the front office and we will have the items dropped outside your room soon after.

  • Sanitizer stations and enhanced cleaning protocols. We are taking extra precautions when cleaning guest rooms, as well as sanitizing any touched surfaces in public spaces and all outdoor amenities. Hand sanitizer stations are available in front of the office and breakfast room.

  • Guest rooms are left untouched for 24 hours after departure. We are placing all rooms on a 24-hour quarantine after check-out for the protection of our staff and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Business Hours
May - October 7:30am to 10:00pm daily
November - April 7:30 am to 8:00 pm daily
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