Arts, Culture & Tourism

The Arts, Culture and Tourism Sector provides 3,935 jobs in the region.

This region is fortunate to have abundant green space and recreational opportunities. Wildwood Conservation Area, numerous trails, West Perth Wetlands and river systems provide ample outdoor recreational opportunities.     


The county boasts 50.2 km of hiking trails and 262 km of biking trails.

Culture in the region is flourishing and has contributed largely to tourism through performances, museums, art galleries, festivals and fairs.  Creative and cultural industries include technology, digital arts, graphic and web designers, illustrators, writers, visual artists, photographers, musicians, film makers, actors and ceramic artists.

Theatre 311 in Listowel is a respected venue for live theatre, drawing on local talent and actors, and the Stratford Festival attracts visitors from around the world.

Perth County is home to several film companies and provides scenic and architectural background for film shoots.

Numerous festivals and events occur throughout the county including:

Listowel’s Paddyfest, which attracts thousands of visitors yearly and has grown to become the largest Irish festival in North America.

Milverton Rodeo attracts over 5,000 people yearly to experience barrel racing, bronco riding, roping and bull riding.  Part of the RAM Rodeo Tour Milverton offers a fantastic setting for the weekend.

Fall Fairs are a highlight in Milverton, Mitchell, Listowel and Stratford, featuring locally grown products, exciting midways and agricultural exhibits.

West Perth Corn and Ribfest invites you to savour locally grown corn and ribs while taking in local entertainment.

Historic architecture, unique shops and  rural landscapes provide the ultimate backdrop for business opportunities in the region.