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The University of Guelph is home to one of Ontario’s most beautiful campuses, with a blend of modern and traditional architecture. It boasts a 165-hectare Arboretum, an oasis that includes more than eight kilometres of signed trails, making it a popular place for a stroll or a jog. The University is a hub of culture in the Guelph area and attracts crowds to a wide range of concerts, drama productions, art exhibits and lectures, as well as an annual show and sale of Canadian crafts and College Royal, the largest university open house in North America. U of G is also the place to be if you’re a sports enthusiast — whether it’s cheering on the Gryphons at a home game or skating with your family in the twin-pad arena. Be sure to visit the University of Guelph — a civic, provincial and national treasure.

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to Guelph and Wellington County. We are really excited to share with you our unique slice of Ontario. Have fun browsing through these pages to find your favourite things to do when on vacation but first, here are three pieces of advice when visiting the area. Put your feet up as many times as possible while here. When you come to visit, we want you to feel comfortable and relaxed just like at home. Introduce yourself to shop keepers, restaurants and the people you are staying with. Whether you travelled as far as Toronto or Tokyo, we want to hear your story! Learn at least one new thing about the area before you leave (page 10 doesn’t count). Not only will you feel smarter but you will have more to talk about when you get back home.

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“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles” – Tim Cahill

Table Of Contents Take a look below to find what you are looking for. If you can’t find it, give us a call at 1-800-334-4519. Maps City of Guelph 2010 Signature Events Festivals Heritage and History Arts and Culture Farm Fun Golf Nature & Outdoors Entertainment Breweries Markets Dining Downtown Shopping County of Wellington Fergus & Elora

Town of Minto Wellington North Township of Mapleton Town of Erin Guelph / Eramosa Township of Puslinch

Where to Stay Conferences Services

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Photography Thank you to all photographers and organizations that have given permission to use images for this production. Special mention to: Lynn Saferite, Guelph Museums and Julian Katz. Publisher City of Guelph Economic Development & Tourism Services 1.800.334.4519 As best as can be determined, all information in this publication is correct as of the time of printing and it is recommended that individuals attempt to verify information. Reproduction of any part of this publication, in any format, is forbidden without the expressed authorization of the publisher.

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Information Centres

Information Centres Elora Information Centre 9 East Mill Street 519.846.9841

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Fergus and District Information Centre 400 Tower Street South 519.843.5140 1.877.242.6353 Guelph Visitor Information Centre 1 Carden Street 519.837.1335 1.800.334.4519 Harriston Information Located in Evergreen Variety 50 Elora Street South 519.338.2777 519.338.2511 Mount Forest Chamber of Commerce 514 Main Street North 519.323.4480 Palmerston Information (Open May-Sept.) Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum 166 William Street 519.343.4014 519.338.2511


Conestogo Lake

“Not all those who wander are lost.”


– JRR Tolkien

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Mount Forest



Luther Marsh

Drayton Arthur


Belwood ? Elora ? Fergus Belwood Lake


Erin Guelph Lake

Everton Rockwood

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City of Guelph



City of Guelph Pronounced “gwelf”.

Known as the Royal City, Guelph was named after the British Monarch King George IV, who was from the Guelph lineage (a German Family).

Things about Guelph you may not have known: Colonel John McCrae, who wrote the poem “In Flanders Fields” was born and raised in Guelph. The number “64” on the cap of Sleeman Cream Ale bottles is the page number of the recipe from the book belonging to the great grandfather who started the company in 1832. The Yukon Gold potato was actually a creation between a local farmer and the University of Guelph. The University of Guelph Library holds Canada’s Largest Cookbook and Theatre Archive collections. 1460 CJOY was the first Canadian radio station to have a call-in talk show Guelph’s covered bridge is one of only 2 of its kind in Ontario. It’s structure doesn’t include any metal parts, including nails. The inventor of Five Pin Bowling, was a Guelph resident. Guelph is the first and only municipality in the British Commonwealth to own its own railway line. The line is a 16 mile link to the Guelph Junction Railroad and the CPR. Guelph still owns it today. 10

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey” - Fitzhugh Mullan

You Want More? Stop in to the Guelph’s Year-round Tourism Information Centre (1 Carden St.) to pick up some of these other great publications Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown Guelph Top 10 Things to Do with your Kids New Resident’s Guide also found at Bicycle Friendly Guelph Map also found at Downtown Guelph Dining Guide also found at Guelph Wellington Local Food Map also found at

We’re working on our inner beauty. This year, Guelph is completing 25 projects on city roads, sewers, and buildings. We may be a mess, but you don’t have to be. We’re committed to doing everything we can to make your travels around the city as hassle-free as possible. For detour, transit and parking information, visit


2010 Signature Events April 24, 2010 Doors Open Guelph 2010 Guelph Every Sunday April 25-June 27 Guelph Arts Council Historical Walking Tours Guelph May 1, 2010 Spring Special Antique Show Aberfoyle

July 1, 2010 Canada Day Celebrations Guelph & Wellington County July 4-6, 2010 Summer Sizzle Piano Pedagogy Symposium Palmerston July 8-17, 2010 Guiding Mosaic Guelph

May 5-9, 2010 SharpCuts Indie Music and Film Festival July 9-August 1, 2010 Elora Festival Guelph Elora June 4-6, 2010 CELEBRATING 10 YEARS Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival July 16-18, 2010 Guelph Mount Forest Fireworks Festival Mount Forest June 5-6, 2010 Bobtail Truck, Car & Motorcycle Show July 17, 2010 Palmerston art on the street Downtown Guelph June 7-11, 2010 Tourism Week July 23-25, 2010 Guelph Hillside Music Festival 2010 Guelph Lake Conservation Area June 11-13, 2010 Guelph & District Multicultural Festival July 22-25, 2010 Guelph Fergus Truck Show Fergus June 13, 2010 Donkey Day July 31, 2010 Puslinch World’s Longest BBQ! Canada’s Food Day Elora CELEBRATING 5 YEARS June 18-20, 2010 August 2, 2010 Enchanted Ground John Galt Day Guelph Guelph CELEBRATING 5 YEARS CELEBRATING 65 YEARS June 26-28, 2010 August 13-15, 2010 Canadian Redneck Games Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Harriston Games Fergus CELEBRATING 5 YEARS June 27, 2010 August 14, 2010 5th Annual Guelph Wellington Sunlight Music Festival Local Food Fest Guelph Guelph 12

August 27-29, 2010 Guelph Ribfest Guelph Every Sunday September 5-October 17 Guelph Arts Council Historical Walking Tours Guelph September 8-12, 2010 Guelph Jazz Festival Guelph September 17-19, 2010 Harriston-Minto Fall Fair Harriston September 17-20, 2010 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Eden Mills September 25, 2010 4th Annual Wellington Rural Romp Wellington County October 2010 Taste of Downtown Downtown Guelph October 2-11 , 2010 Sensational Elora Elora CELEBRATING 160 YEARS October, 8-11 2010 Erin Fall Fair Erin CELEBRATING 25 YEARS October 15, 16, 2010 Guelph Studio Tour Guelph

November 18-21, 2010 Fair November University of Guelph November 21, 2010 Guelph Santa Claus Parade Downtown Guelph 519-83-0660 November 27, 2010 AGSI Canadian Cross Country Championships Guelph December, 2010 Various Holiday Events Downtown Guelph December 11-31, 2010 Sparkles in the Park Guelph Early February, 2011 Hillside Inside Guelph March 19-20, 2011 College Royal University of Guelph

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November 5-7, 2010 Guelph Festival of Moving Media Guelph


Festivals Photo credit Julian Katz

Hillside Inside The people who brought you Hillside Festival now invite you to join them for an extravagant one day, indoor concert experience. Hillside Inside keeps the energy high as A-list Canadian performers unite in this commercial free environment. Experience this amazing celebration of music and community, craft and food vendors and the vibe of Hillside, all under one roof.

2008 & 2009 Top 100 Festival 1.877.323.4480

Elora Festival July 9-Aug 1 2010.

T: 519-846-0331

Elora Festival has it all‌ Choral, Symphonic, Dance, Jazz, Bluegrass, Celtic, and more, with over 40 performances in unique venues. Come and see what we have to offer and spend some time in the quaint heritage village of Elora.

The Fergus Scottish Festival August 13-15, 2010

T: 866-871-9442

Featuring Tattoo, Pipebands, Highland Dancing, Heavy Events, Clans, McKiddies Centre, Geneology, Celtic Music, International Vendors. Scotland without the airfare. 14

Win Festival Tickets! The ultimate musical

island vacation July 23–25, 2010 Guelph Lake Island

Tickets on sale May 1, 2010 519-763-6396

september 8–12

Guelph & District Multicultural Festival

June 3–62010 uplifting

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The 14th annual Multicultural Festival takes place June 11,12 and 13, 2010 in Riverside Park and showcases cultural music, dance & costumes, an interactive children’s tent, youth activities, world-wide cuisines, craft vendors and more. 519-836-7482


Heritage & History Guelph Civic Museum 6 Dublin Street North, Guelph

T: 519-836-1221 Located in a 1850 three-storey limestone building, exhibits explore Guelph’s history from pre-settlement to present. Also features the Growing Up In Guelph Children’s Museum. Open daily 1 to 5 p.m.

McCrae House 108 Water Street, Guelph

T: 519-836-1221

A National Historic Site, this c.1850 stone cottage is the birthplace of Lt. Col. John McCrae (1872 -1918), author of the famous WW1 poem “In Flanders Fields”. Featuring exhibits, period rooms and heritage gardens.

Woodlawn Memorial Park T: 1-888-730-8199 / 519-822-1271 762 Woolwich Street, Guelph Large historic cemetery. Self guided walking tours, on various topics, are free. Our Public Art brochure directs you to statues, art pieces and site features. Part of the Trans Canada Trail. Peace Pole on the trail. Cremation Gardens, Chapel, Mausoleum and Crematorium. Winding roadways, water features and century old trees.


McCrae House Guelph was home for John McCrae (1872-1918), doctor, soldier and author of the famous First World War poem In Flanders Fields. His birthplace, the McCrae house is a small limestone cottage, with beautifully maintained award winning gardens. Visit this piece of Canadian history open daily 1-5 p.m. during the summer months.


Arts & Culture

Drayton Festival Theatre Drayton

2010 Season High School Musical

This School Rocks Like No Other!

Book by David Simpatico Music Adapted, Arranged & Produced by Bryan Louiselle Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie Written by Peter Barsocchini

April 21 - May 15

On Golden Pond An Ageless Comedy By Ernest Thompson

June 8 - June 26


A Spirited Musical Biography Book by Peter Colley Music & Lyrics by Robert Creighton & Christopher McGovern Additional Songs by George M. Cohan

June 30 - July 24


A Classically Country Musical Conceived by Mary Murfitt Book by Betsy Howie Music & Lyrics by Mary Murfitt Original Story Development by Kevin Murphy

August 11 - August 28

Guys and Dolls

A Musical Fable of Broadway Operated by

Based on a Story & Characters of Damon Runyon Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser Book by Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows

September 15 - October 9 Alex Mustakas Artistic Director


the gallery

wonkies & art gallery

Home Of

Paul Sewc’s wooden art and art furniture The Masterpiece Project (100 originally painted wonkies) Original Art from over 30 Canadian Artists

All Wonkies, Art & Art Furniture Available for Purchase! Support Canadian Art!

Visit our gallery or contact us for information on making a purchase! 519-763-8475 7100 Fife Rd. Guelph

Arts & Culture Doors Open Guelph

T: 519-836-3280

Doors Open Guelph is a one-day annual celebration of Guelph’s history and architectural heritage when several of the city’s finest buildings open their doors for free public tours. April 24, 2010. Contact Guelph Arts Council for details.

Drayton Festival Theatre 33 Wellington Street South, Drayton

T: 519-638-5511 ext.235

Enjoy award-winning professional theatre in a renovated 1902 Opera House. Located 30 minutes outside of Guelph, the 2010 playbill features Broadway blockbusters, ageless comedies and unforgettable musicals. Tickets (including HST): Adult $42.00; Youth $21.50; Groups $35.50. Buy before May 1, 2010 and Save! Call for more information: 1-888-449-4463

Elora Festival

T: 519-846-0331 1-888-747-7550

July 9-Aug 1 2010. Presenting an exciting season with a wide range of music with over 40 performances! Spend some quality time in our quaint heritage village and listen to the fantastic music of our world-class performers

Framing & Art Centre 987 Gordon Street, Guelph

T: 519-836-4030 Visit us for award winning, creative custom picture framing. We carry a wide variety of wall decor, photo frames and affordable gift ideas including jewellery and card collections by Canadian artisans.

Macdonald Stewart Art Centre GUElPH’S PUBlIC ARt GAllERY & SCUlPtURE PARK

The msac annually features twelve exhibitions, artist talks, family days, children’s art classes, educational programs, tours, and has the largest sculpture park at a public gallery in Canada with 34 permanent works sited on 2.5 acres surrounding the building. location 358 Gordon St (at College Ave) gallery hours Tuesday to Sunday, 12 to 5 PM, September to July free admission free parking contact Aidan Ware, Education Coordinator at E or tEl 519.837.0010 Email to receive the Art Centre’s quarterly newsletter. Carl Skelton, Canadiana / Begging Bear, 1995–1999 (bronze), dressed as Bearilyn Monroe by msac Summer Art Camp 2008 students


“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others” – Jonathan Swift

Guelph Arts Council Historical Walking Tours T: 519-836-3280

Guelph Arts Council’s popular historical walking tours trace Guelph’s history through its architecture, people and stories that help define the city. Tours run for two hours on selected Sundays, April to October.

Masterpiece Wonkies & Art Gallery T: 519-763-8475 7100 Fife Road, Guelph E: Made in Guelph. Are you looking for unique affordable Guelph art? Take home a piece of Guelph. Paul Szewc has created wooden mini boxes that are highly collectible. Visit Masterpiece – Wonkies and Art Gallery - located just 1 km outside Guelph city limits.

River Run Centre 35 Woolwich Street, Guelph

T: 519-837-5662

A magnificent performing arts centre in downtown Guelph featuring a 785-seat concert theatre, and a 225-seat multi-use theatre. River Run offers an exciting line-up of professional performances and community performing arts groups.

Wellington Artists’ Gallery and Art Centre T: 519-843-6303

6142 Wellington County Rd. 29, Fergus

A premier gallery in a beautiful rural setting. 30 artisans show originals to view and purchase. Open daily from 10 to 5, May through to mid-November.

• view dates for local performances, exhibits and events on the Master Calendar • keep up-to-date with arts news • find and engage artist services


Farm Fun Royal Romp Want to have a fun exciting day on the farm? The Rural Romp is a great event that allows many farmers and producers from all over Guelph and Wellington County to open up their gates and allow you to buy local fresh produce, experience the farm way of life and allows you to enter to win fabulous prizes.

Best Baa Dairy 820 Gartshore, Fergus

T: 519-787-0707

Specialty sheep milk cheeses and other sheep dairy products. See how cheese is made! Hours: Thursday & Friday 12-6, Saturday 1-5

Knapp’s Country Market & Nurseries T: 519-824-4222 8066 Wellington County Rd. 124, Guelph Knapp’s Country Market & Nurseries features berry picking, wagon rides, garden tours, ice-cream parlor, lakeside garden patio, pesticide-free produce, onsite bakery, organic products and more…

Strom’s Farm 5089 Wellington Road #32, Guelph

T: 519-822-1070

Strom’s Farm prides itself on only the freshest produce, our scratch bakery and exceptional sweet corn. We are open August to October, 31. Harvest Fun Area open weekends from September 25 to October 31 for our mazes, wagon rides, pedal carts VG_ad:Layout 1 12/1/09 4:13 PM Page 1 and pumpkin chuckin’. Harvest fun starts here.

See you soon. We’ll be watching for you. Come visit with the donkeys. Discover their gentle tranquility, and enjoy some wonderful time in an idyllic country setting. We’re open Wednesdays and Sundays from May 2 to Thanksgiving. 6981 Conc. 4 RR#6 Guelph (519) 836-1697


Golf With 16 golf courses in Guelph and Wellington, we have the perfect souvenir for the golf lover you know. Come by the Guelph Tourism Information Centre to pick one up today!

“Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.” – A.A.Milne Victoria Park East Golf Club 1096 Victoria Road South, Guelph

T: 1-800-820-1854

Come play one of the region’s finest par-71 championship-length courses. Driving range on-site. Online booking available.

For more information


Nature & Outdoors The Arboretum University of Guelph

T: 519-824-4120 ext. 54110

...165 hectares (408 acres) of spectacular greenspace, formal and natural gardens, nature trails, 30 plant collections (approximately 1750 types of trees and shrubs), workshops, and meeting, wedding and banquet facilities. Belwood Lake Conservation Area 8282 Wellington County Rd. 18, Fergus

T: 519-843-2979

Fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking and swimming (in a former quarry) are among the activities available in the park centered on the 12-kilometre long (7.5 miles) lake.

Conestogo Lake Conservation Area 6580 Wellington County Rd. 11, Wallenstein

T: 519-856-9543

Conestogo Lake Conservation Area occupies 2,300 hectares on a six kilometre-long lake, offering camping, power boating, sailing, fishing (smallmouth bass, pike, perch), picnicking and hiking.

Elora Gorge Conservation Area 7400 Wellington County Rd. 21, Elora

T: 519-846-9742

The 22-metre cliffs of Elora Gorge provide a unique backdrop for tubing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, swimming (in a small pond) and other activities.

RATES (GST & PST included) Canoes Kayaks $12/hour ($15 on wknds) $10/hour ($12 on wknds) $25/half day (5 hour max) $20/half day (5 hour max) $35/full day (5hours +) $28/full day (5hours +) Hours: Opening daily Fri. May 14, through Sun. Sept 6. 10 am until dusk, weather permitting. Weekends only thru Thanksgiving. Closed Mondays. Located: dockside at The Boathouse Tearoom and Ice Cream Inquiries: in person or at


Nature & Outdoors Elora Quarry Conservation Area 319 Wellington County Rd. 18, Elora

T: 519-846-5234

The centre of attraction is the “old swimming hole,” a 0.8 hectare (two acre) quarry encircled by sheer 12-metre cliffs.

Guelph Lake Conservation Area 7743 Conservation Road, Guelph

T: 519-824-5061

The 1,600 hectare (4,000 acres) park has plenty of room for camping, hiking, and other activities. The five-kilometre long lake is great for fishing, swimming and sailing.

Rockwood Conservation Area 161 Falls Street, Rockwood

T: 519-856-9543

Towering limestone cliffs, caves and glacial potholes are among the park’s natural wonders. A great place to camp, hike, swim, canoe and fish.

Speed River Paddling Inc.

10km return trip on peaceful, sheltered Eramosa River. Open 10-dusk, Tuesday-Sunday, May 14 thru Sept. 6, weekends thru Thanksgiving. Reasonable rates. Safety equipment and map included. Gift certificates.

The Arboretum

University of Guelph

519-824-4120 ext. 52113 rboretum

A Natural Treasure

Wedding and Conference Facilities Nature Trails Bird Watching Workshops & Special Events Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Site

Open Dawn to Dusk - year round free admission photo by Alan Watson


Entertainment Mohawk Racetrack T: 905-854-2255 or 1-888-675-7223 P.O. Box 160, 9430 Guelph Line, Campbellville Mohawk and Woodbine Racetracks offer North America’s best horse racing and gaming. State-of-the-art slot machines plus meeting and special event rooms and the highest level of customer service.

Sleeman Centre 50 Woolwich Street, Guelph

T: 519-822-4900

The Sleeman Centre is a modern well equipped 4000 seat multi use facility for both participants and spectators alike. Facility amenities include private suites, VIP seating areas and a 300 seat full service sports bar and restaurant. The facility and experienced staff are well suited to exceed your expectations.

OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway 7445 County Road 21, Elora, ON (519) 846-2022 Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Must be 19 years of age or older. Valid government-issued photo identification may be required.

“Every perfect traveler always creates the country where he travels”

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Markets Cox Creek Cellars Inc. Wellington County Rd. 22 at Hwy 6 North R.R. #5, Guelph ON

T: 519-767-3253

Estate winery established 1998. Winery tours & tastings. Winery Store. Customized group events, function room, outdoor BBQ’s and summer weddings. Catering available. Gift baskets with personalized wine bottles.

Knapp’s Country Market & Nurseries T: 519-824-4222 8066 Wellington County Rd. 124, Guelph Knapp’s Country Market & Nurseries features berry picking, wagon rides, garden tours, ice-cream parlor, lakeside garden patio, pesticide-free produce, onsite bakery, organic products and more…

Mosborough Country Market 5284 Wellington County Rd. 32, Guelph

T: 519-763-5224

Experience the Charismatic Country Charm of our Family Run Business. Home-grown and Local Produce. Domestic and Game Meats. Unique Giftware. Made from Scratch Baking – Buttertarts, Pies and More!


Wellington Country Marketplace 5259 Jones Baseline

T: 519-827-1515

Bring the family for a “taste of home”. Butchery-local, hormone-free meats, smoked meats, sausages, aged cheddars, baked goods, local seasonal produce. “Farm Petting Zoo”.

Sundays, 8 am to 4 pm April 25 to October 31 100+ dealers south of Guelph, just 1 mile from 401. Stroll our 25 green acres with family, friends & fido or fly solo. Charming, classy wares at great prices.


Spring Special Antique Show, May 1, 2010

A focal point of the downtown for over 180 years, providing quality meats, cheese & dairy products, fresh local and organic produce, baked goods, ethnic foods, unique arts and crafts.


Dining “Food is an important part of a balanced diet”

– Fran Lebowitz

Babelfish Bistro 80 Macdonell Street, Guelph

T: 519-826-6709 Babelfish Bistro has been a main ingredient in Guelph’s downtown dining scene for over a decade. Owners for more than 10 years, Chef Scott Gosselink and Maitre’d Rich Brown, have created a very unique spot. The Bistro features “upscale comfort foods” served in an updated, cozy urban room, accompanied by excellent service.

Fifty West Restaurant and Lounge – In the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre 50 Stone Road West, Guelph 519-780-3727 / 519-780-3700

Located off the main lobby of the Delta, featuring authentic local cuisine. All-day dining Brunch every Sunday. Summer patio open May through till October.

Gazebo’s Restaurant and Lounge at the Holiday Inn Guelph T: 519-836-0231 601 Scottsdale Drive, Guelph

Located centrally to business parks, University of Guelph, shopping, restaurants & attractions. Enjoy the 137 thoughtfully appointed guestrooms in our full service conference hotel with FREE Parking! For information and specials

Grand River Raceway 7445 Wellington County Rd. 21, Elora

T: 519-846-5455

Live horse racing April - October; slots open 24hrs 7 days/week; dining daily and tiered buffet dining on race nights. Admission & parking always free.

With the Grain Inc. 294 Woolwich Street, Guelph

T: 519-827-0008

Enjoy our artisan breads, flavourful soups, wholesome sandwiches, and tempting baked goods made daily in our kitchen and bakery. Browse our display shelves for unique Pantry gifts and gourmet specialty foods. 32

Downtown Guelph Dining Guide Wondering where to go for an authentic Guelph dinner? The Downtown Guelph Dining Guide is an extraordinarily useful tool and lists the over 50 restaurants in the downtown core categorized by type. You can pick up your Downtown Guelph Dining Guide at the Guelph Tourism Information Centre downtown (1Carden Street) or view all restaurants in Guelph at



All Aboard! Join us for brunch, dinner and private or corporate group charters on Guelph’s New Tourist Train.

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Shopping The Bird’s Nest 32 Brock Road North, Aberfoyle

T: 519-763-3314 This quaint shop is a nestegg of unique gifts, in the old Aberfoyle Schoolhouse, including Muskoka Chairs, Aberfoyle Fudge, Roothams Gourmet, Webkinz & Lampe Berger. Open Daily. Check us out!

Damascus Emporium 8942 Wellington County Road 16, Kenilworth

T: 519-848-3932

A quaint general store updated with antiques, giftware, 1/2 acre of second-hand and lots, lots more! It’s worth driving to picturesque Damascus.

Stone Road Mall 435 Stone Road, #204, Guelph

T: 519-821-5780

An enclosed shopping centre with over 140 quality shops and services, including a brand new foodcourt, Moxie’s Restaurant, Chapters, Sears, Home Outfitters, Pier 1, Old Navy & Sport Chek. Great mix and friendly faces make this a truly enjoyable shopping experience. Open Mon-Sat till 9pm, Sun 11am-5pm.

Wild Rose Consignment Clothing 23A Macdonell Street, Guelph

T: 519-763-2233

An award-winning consignment boutique. Specializing in contemporary and vintage fashions. A unique shopping experience. Open 7 days a week. Check out our webste:

Full Service Shopping Mall OVER 30 Shops & Services - OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK -

Willow West Mall

Sivercreek Parkway & Willow Road Guelph, Ontario 40

Recipes for


Doors Open Fergus & Elora

June 26

The Elora Festival & Singers

July 9 – Aug. 1

Art in the Yard

July 10 & 11

Fergus Truck Show

July 22-25

Food Day Canada

July 31

Industry Day at Grand River Raceway

Aug. 2

Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games

Aug. 13-15

Elora Centre for the Arts Riverfest

Aug. 27 & 28

Antique and Classic Car Show

Aug. 29

Fergus BIA Classic Car Show

Sept. 10

Fergus Fall Fair

Sept. 17, 18 & 19

Elora Fergus Studio Tour

Sept. 25 & 26 Oct. 2 & 3

Sensational Elora

Oct. 1-11

Harvest Home Festival

Oct. 3

Monster Month

Oct. 12-31


Fergus & Elora We’ve Got The Recipe For The Good Life. And we’ve got all the ingredients, tucked away in the quaint towns of Fergus and Elora. Stir in fabulous festivals, fine cuisine, a sprinkle of amazing accommodations set in gorgeous scenery, a dash of romance along historic streetscapes, a grand museum and art sprinkled everywhere, with the flavour of exciting outdoor adventure and shopping galore. We’re serving it up fresh daily, all year long. Connected by winding roads and natural trails, the communities of Fergus and Elora are linked by a collective history and the quiet rush of the river that meanders through them both in the midst of the steep cliffs and rocky caverns of the Gorge. Whether you’re a day-tripper, a weekender or a family looking for a holiday adventure we’ve got something on the menu to suit your taste. There is a proud tradition of good fun to be had in every season. Spring awakens with Farmers’ Markets and the smell of maple syrup. In summer experience the 25th anniversary of the internationally popular Fergus Truck Show or you can enjoy Scotland without the airfare at the renowned Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games. If it’s the refreshment of the great outdoors you seek, we’ve got some of the best 42

fly-fishing in Ontario, camping, trails, rafting the rapids and spending lazy days tubing along the Grand and Irvine rivers. Wander the peaceful tree-lined streets on one of our many walking tours and you will discover old settler homes and historic churches as well as artists and artisans at work. Discover your creative side at the Elora Centre for the Arts, which hosts many summer events such as Art in the Yard, Riverfest and the Elora Fergus Studio Tour. As fall ushers in an explosion of colour, October features Sensational Elora – Festival of the Senses. This award winning festival features the renowned music, art, drama, film, food, scenery and architecture of historic Elora including our Sensational Soup Off – an empty bowls project held annually on Thanksgiving Monday. Spirits and ghosts are welcome during October’s Monster Month. You will find the streets filled with locally crafted spooky monsters, lantern tours and a monster parade. Winter is a magical time when snow and frost paint the trees, and icicles as tall as a house form throughout the gorge. Every season offers something new and beautiful for visitors and locals alike. Best of all, Fergus and Elora are mere minutes apart, so you’ve got time to do it all and experience the uniqueness that makes up Centre Wellington. Just minutes north of Guelph, within two hours of Toronto, Niagara and a stone’s throw to Stratford, Kitchener and St Jacob’s, this is the place to enjoy the good life. Come see what’s on the menu today.


Town of Minto From the award winning Canadian Redneck Games, unique events, theatrical performances, the Railway Heritage Museum, great golfing and galleries, every season shines in Minto.


Palmerston Handcar Racing Weekend June 11 – 13, 2010 519-343-2181 Canadian Redneck Games has been selected as a Top 100 Event by Festivals and Events Ontario! June 25 - 27, 2010 The Palmerston Fall Fair August 27 – 29, 2010 519-343-5141 The 150th Harriston-Minto Fall Fair September 17 - 19, 2010


Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Resort 36-acre Wild Things Plant Farm Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum 519-343-3435 or 519-343-4014 Minto Heritage Gallery Grey-Wellington Theatre Guild The Norgan Theatre

Looking for a place to stay? Minto has several quaint and comfortable options. Meiklejohn House Bed & Breakfast Country Caboose Manor Bev’s Bed & Breakfast 519-323-2097 King Hotel 519-343-3906 Come experience what Minto has to offer.


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Wellington North The Township of Wellingon North invites you to explore our beautiful Township nestled in a picturesque rural setting at the north end of Wellington County. Anchored by the communities of Arthur in the south and Mount Forest in the north, the Township also encompasses the charming hamlets of Conn, Damascus, Farewell, Gordonville, Kenilworth, Monck, Petherton, Riverstown and Tollgate.

What’s On

No matter the time of year, there is something for everyone with a wide range of Activities, Events & Festivals throughout the year. Check out the Events Calendar on our website for detailed listings.

Trails & Tours

The Township has a variety of walking trails and tours including; The Butter Tart Trail™, Birding Trail, Cylcing Trails, Luther Marsh Trail, Saugeen Valley Trail, Marvin Howe Trail, Arthur Historical Society Walking Tour, Mount Forest Walking Tour and Moon Walks. Details and downloadable maps available on our website. The Township of Wellington North is happy to work with groups and organizations to facilitate their tour of our Township, For more information contact 519.848.3620 email: 46

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Township of Mapleton Discover all that Mapleton has to offer. There is so much to see and do. Drayton Entertainment is one of the most successful professional theatre companies in Canada. 519.638.5555

Looking for some fun in the sun? Conestogo Lake is a beautiful multi-recreational use park. 519.638.2873

Need a place to stay?

Mapleton has several charming Bed and Breakfasts, with exquisite grounds for an enjoyable visit. Gerda’s Bed & Breakfast 519.638.9994 Glenna Guesthouse 519.638.2470 Margaret’s Cozy Hillside Bed & Breakfast 519.638.2817 Springmead Organic Farm Bed & Breakfast 519.638.3469 A stop in Mapleton would not be complete without visiting Mapleton’s Organic Dairy. A family owned and operated farm, Mapleton’s Organic Dairy raises and cares for the cows that supply the milk for their tasty ice cream, frozen and fresh yogurt. They also raise young dairy animals, pigs for organic pork and grain-fed, free-range poultry and eggs. 519.638.1115

Whatever part of Mapleton you visit you’ll be welcomed with a warm smile, and treated like a friend. 519.638.3313 48


Where Country and Culture Connect


Tulip Festival May 15

Underground Railroad Music Festival Celebrating Black Pioneers in Wellington County! July 9-11 Upper Canada Two Cylinder Club Show John Deere Antique Tractor Show July 24 & 25 Drayton Agricultural Fair August 6-8 Camping and Jammin’ in the Park August 20-22 Drayton Santa Claus Parade December 3 Moorefield Santa Claus Parade December 4 Alma Santa Claus Parade December 19


Town of Erin Celebrating 160 years in 2010, the Erin Fall Fair is “Ontario’s Preview to the Royal” One of the largest fall fairs in Southern Ontario, featuring live music, livestock and horse shows, truck and tractor pulls, demonstrations, children’s activities, midway and much more. October 8-11 2010, Thanksgiving Weekend, Erin Fairgrounds.

Looking for a place to stay?

Erin has 2 quaint bed and breakfasts located on picturesque grounds.

Devonshire Guest House Erin Country Inn

Local “must sees” include: Steen’s Dairy Tocher Pianos Butcher’s Furniture Holtom’s Bake Shop Bistro Riviere David’s Restaurant 519.855.4984 519.833.2326 519.833.1121 519.833.5085

Feel like hitting the links during your visit? Erin has 3 impressive golf courses for golfers of all skill levels. Erin Heights Golf Club is a fantastic 9-hole course with breathtaking backdrops 519.833.9702. Calerin Golf Club is a stunning 9-hole course offering golfers of all abilities a fabulous golfing experience 1.888.833.8787. Acton Meadows Golf Club is a challenging 18-hole course with scenic views of rolling fairways 519.853.0631. 519.855.4407 50

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Live Music, Competitions, Demonstrations, Dancing, Kids’ Activities‌ and much more!


Guelph/Eramosa Photo By LAUREN PURVES

Whether you are looking for a quiet couple’s getaway, an overdue family vacation, or a rocking weekend at the Hillside Music Festival with your friends, Guelph / Eramosa has something for everyone. Explore the natural wonders of Rockwood Conservation Area. Towering limestone cliffs, caves and glacial potholes make it a top tourist destination.

The Hillside Music Festival is a 3-day, 5-stage event featuring world class performers with an eclectic mix of musical genres in a refreshingly non-commercial environment. Over 50 authors read their work in the open air at the Eden Mills Writers Festival. Escape reality for the afternoon and get lost in the words. Feel like extending your stay? “A Place in Time” Bed and Breakfast is a stylish 1860’s house open year round, located on the Eramosa River. 519.856.1462

Local “must-sees,” include: Strom’s Farm

Knapps Country Market

Mosborough Country Market

Saunders Bakery 519.856.9561 Wellington Country Market Marketplace 519.827.1515

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2010 EVENTS Rockwood Pioneer Day June 12 Lloyd Dyer Park, Rockwood

Subaru Triathlon Series: Guelph Lake 1 June 19-20 Guelph Lake Conservation Area, Guelph

Hillside Music Festival

July 23-25 Guelph Lake Conservation Area, Guelph

Subaru Triathlon Series: Guelph Lake 2 Sept 4 Guelph Lake Conservation Area, Guelph

Eden Mills Writers Festival Sept 17-19 Eden Mills Park, Eden Mills

Rockwood Farmers’ Parade of Lights Dec 9 Main Street, Rockwood


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Located directly south of the City of Guelph and east of the City of Cambridge, Puslinch is one of Wellington County’s hidden treasures with plenty to see and do! Come and see why Puslinch is a wonderful place to visit for a day, weekend or season! Puslinch is famous for having some of the finest dining establishments in Southern Ontario.

Experience savoury dishes and excellent service at: The Aberfoyle Mill Enver’s The Old Marina Restaurant 519-658-0367 The Sunset Villa Restaurant

Unique Shopping Experience The Aberfoyle Antique Market is Canada’s oldest and one of the largest antique dealers in the country, with over 100 vendors! Open Sunday’s from the end of April through the end of October, rain or shine. 8am – 4pm. The Bird’s Nest Country Store 519-763-3314 Accents for Living Picard’s Peanuts

For Golfers Puslinch Lake Golf Club is a challenging 18-hole course, with spectacular natural scenery. 519-658-2292. Crieff Hills Community Retreat & Conference Centre 54


The Gateway To Wellington County!

Puslinch’s chic shopping, hiking trails, fine dining establishments, large antique market and the renowned Puslinch Lake make it a year-round sensation. Offering a refreshing medley of country living, and sophistication, Puslinch has something for everyone, and is conveniently located just off the 401!

2010 Events May 6 (5 - 8 pm) Optimist Club of Puslinch Fish Fry June 10 (5 - 7 pm) Aberfoyle Agricultural Society BBQ Chicken Dinner July 1 Optimist Club of Puslinch Canada Day Breakfast & Fireworks August 29 (2 – 5 pm) Farm to Fork Event September 10 & 11 Aberfoyle Fall Fair and Tractor Pull November 28 (2 pm) Santa Claus Parade


Where To Stay Hotels Comfort Inn Guelph 480 Silvercreek Park, Guelph

T: 1-800-228-5150/519-763-1900

The Comfort Inn Guelph is your ideal choice in accommodations. Along with Free Continental Breakfast, wireless internet and parking, we have a Common Room with Patio and Barbeque to make your stay more enjoyable. With 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed, great rooms, and friendly service, make your Choice to Stay in Comfort!

Days Inn - Guelph 785 Gordon Street, Guelph

T: 519-822-9112

Ideally located on block south of Stone Road and the University of Guelph. The hotel features our complimentary Daybreak CafĂŠ Breakfast, free wireless internet, free parking and free local calls.

Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre 50 Stone Road West, Guelph 1-866-520-4552/519-780-3700

Located on 12-hectare of the University of Guelph Research Park, Full Service Hotel with 148 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites. More information on our website site tails e web our s and d o t r Go e offe g a k c r pa



Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott 35 Cowan Place, Guelph

T: 519-763-2339

866-233-4961 Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is Guelph’s “First Choice” for outstanding new guestrooms and suites. Minutes from U of G, key businesses and family attractions. All guestrooms offer FREE wired/wireless Internet, 32 inch LCD TV’s with jack pack media centre, FREE breakfast, Complimentary evening guest receptions, 2-story waterslide & pool, 24 hr Fitness Room, Business Centre & Licensed Fountain Lounge.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton - Guelph 725 Imperial Road, Guelph T: 519-821-2144

Within a few kilometers, you’ll find the Grand River Watershed, offering trails, outdoor fun and nature at her best. Conveniently located only minutes from the Region of Waterloo Airport. Whether you’re in town for a meeting or a stroll in the park, you’ll soon discover that with Hampton, you can do business in breathtaking surroundings.

Holiday Inn Express – Hotel & Suites, Guelph 540 Silvercreek Parkway, Guelph T: 519-824-2400

Enjoy our Free Express Start “Hot” Breakfast or relax in our indoor pool and Jacuzzi spa. Keep up with your workout in our Fitness Center or put the finishing touches on your assignment in our Business Center. Our warm and friendly staff is here to make you feel at home. Stay in Comfort!


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Free Express Start Hot Buffet Breakfast Large indoor pool & spa Whirlpool suites with fireplace 2 room suites with separate living room & bedroom All rooms have a fridge, microwave, high-speed Internet Business Centre • Fitness Centre

1.800.HOLIDAY Direct: 519.824.2400 540 SILVERCREEK PKWY. N. GUELPH, ONTARIO

Where To Stay Hotels The Maples Inn II 25 Wellington Street West, Guelph

T: 519-823-1090

All our suites have a fully equipped kitchen, and 5 piece bathroom. Fully furnished suites for short or long term need. Reasonable rates without a lease.

Staybridge Suites 11 Corporate Court, Guelph

T: 519-767-3300

Staybridge Suites Guelph has perfected the extended-stay experience with fully equipped kitchens, complimentary hot buffet breakfast & Sundowner buffet. Features include complimentary laundry, movie theatre, heated indoor pool/fitness, putting green and BBQ.

Travelodge Inn & Suites 106 Carden Street, Guelph

T: 1-800-578-7878 / 519-836-1331 Located in the heart of downtown Guelph across from Via Rail and Greyhound station. We are also within walking distance to the Sleeman Centre, River Run Theater and most local restaurants. Included with stay is our deluxe continental Breakfast, parking and wireless net (most rooms).

The Village Inn 66 Wellington Rd. 7, Elora

T: 519-846-5333

Stay with us and enjoy all Elora and the surrounding area has to offer. Clean, comfortable 100% smoke free rooms, complimentary continental breakfast, cable TV and wireless high speed internet.

- Free High Speed Internet Access (select rooms)

- Apartment-Style Units for long-term rentals

- Microwave & Refrigerators (select rooms)

- 2 on site meeting rooms

- Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast

- Free downtown parking

- Fitness Room

106 Carden Street, Guelph

Toll Free: 1-800-578-7878 Tel: 519-836-1331 Fax: 519-836-9627 Email:


Where To Stay Hotels 785 Gordon Street Guelph, ON N1G 1Y8 P: (519) 822-9112 F: (519) 822-5570 E:

• Free Daybreak Café Breakfast • Free Wireless Internet • 1 Block South of University of Guelph • Deluxe rooms with Fridge & 32” HD TV Property Direct Reservations Line 800-263-7829

Offering Business and Leisure Guests Convenient Quality Accommodations at an Affordable Price! •Free Deluxe Continental Breakfast •Wireless High Speed Internet Access •Pool with Waterslide, Whirlpool & Fitness Centre •Marriott Rewards Program 35 Cowan Place, Guelph, ON N1G 0C1 Toll Free: 866-233-4961 • P: 519-763-2339 • F: 519-763-2933 • E:


Keep up the Energy! The whole point of vacation is to break your normal routine, so maintaining your regular workout schedule may not be front of mind. But there are some simple ways to keep that cardio up while also taking in the sights. The Tourism Information Centre has local trail guides which connect close to most of our accommodations. Rent a kayak or canoe Downtown Guelph, or stroll the many historic downtowns throughout the area. If staying at a hotel, remember to ask at your front desk about a gym, pool or bicycle rental.

• Free Comfort Sunshine Breakfast • Common Room with Patio and BBQ • Free Wireless Internet • Pets Allowed

1.800.228.5150 480 Silvercreek Parkway, Guelph


Where To Stay B&B “Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.” - Anthony Burgess

London House Bed & Breakfast 80 London Road West

T: 519-824-6874 877-836-6874 World class; local heart. Since 1988 Melanie & Andy McLennan have welcomed guests into their heritage home in the heart of Guelph.

Lyon’s Den Bed & Breakfast 18 University Avenue East, Guelph

T: 519-821-2556 www.bbcanada.com3260.html

Relax in the comfort and quiet of a tastefully decorated luxury home backing onto the Cutten Club Golf Course, and fabulous view of Downtown Guelph.

Willow Manor 408 Willow Road, Guelph

T: 1-866-763-3574

Willow Manor, an exceptional bed & breakfast. A dedicated 20 years of proven performance and an international reputation for quality service to guests from every continent.


Where To Stay Camping Trails Take Flight Birding Map The Trails Take Flight birding map highlights 20 of the best bird watching trails in Grand River Country. These trails allow you to see a vast majority (over 100) species of birds. Pick yours up at the Guelph Tourism Information Centre or any of the Conservation Areas in the region.

Conestogo Lake Conservation Area 6580 Wellington County Rd. 11, Wallenstein

T: 519-856-9543

Conestogo Lake Conservation Area occupies 2,300 hectares on a six kilometre-long lake, offering camping, power boating, sailing, fishing (smallmouth bass, pike, perch), picnicking and hiking.

Elora Gorge Conservation Area 7400 Wellington County Rd. 21, Elora

T: 519-846-9742

The 22-metre cliffs of Elora Gorge provide a unique backdrop for tubing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, swimming (in a small pond) and other activities.

Guelph Lake Conservation Area 7743 Conservation Road, Guelph

T: 519-824-5061

The 1,600 hectare (4,000 acres) park has plenty of room for camping, hiking, and other activities. The five-kilometre long lake is great for fishing, swimming and sailing.

Rockwood Conservation Area 161 Falls Street, Rockwood

T: 519-856-9543

Towering limestone cliffs, caves and glacial potholes are among the park’s natural wonders. A great place to camp, hike, swim, canoe and fish.


Conference Services “Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together.” – Robert South

The Arboretum University of Guelph

T: 519-824-4120 ext. 54110

Unique meeting / banquet facilities with floor to ceiling windows looking onto the picturesque Arboretum grounds. Can accommodate 2 - 200 people. Outdoor Ceremony Sites also available. Catering by Hospitality Services, University of Guelph. See ad on page 23

Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre 50 Stone Road West, Guelph 1-866-520-4552/519-780-3700

14,000 sq ft of meeting, conference and banquet space. Meeting rooms featuring windows, ceiling mounted data projectors, screens and patio terraces. More information on our website

University of Guelph, Conference Services University of Guelph, T: 519-824-4120 ext.52353 University Centre, Rm. 432 Conference Services is your one-stop contact for coordinating your University of Guelph event. Let us do the work for you. Rates $36 - $79. Call us for further information.

Conference, Accommodation and Dining Nearby and far from ordinary

“A Hidden Gem” One stop conference facility for 15 to 125 Meeting rooms Overnight accommodation Dining in an 1874 one room school house Exceptional meals Unique Setting 250 acres of picturesque grounds with walking and hiking trails



Red Car Service 530 Elizabeth Street, Guelph

T: 519-824-9344

Red Car Service provides shared ride airport service to Toronto, Hamilton, Waterloo and Buffalo Airports. We also offer luxury mini coach bus charters and group tour services. Put our over 40 years of transportation experience to work for you.


From limestone buildings to modern structures, Guelph’s rich history boasts a varied and unique mix of locations available to the filming community. Contact us to see how we can assist your production.


Go to your happy place. Shops and restaurants open.

We’re working on our inner beauty with over 25 construction projects this year. Find detours, maps and more at

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2010 Visit Guelph Wellington Guide  

tourismservices This handy guide gives visitors and residents a peek at what the Guelph Wellington area has to offer for things to do.

2010 Visit Guelph Wellington Guide  

tourismservices This handy guide gives visitors and residents a peek at what the Guelph Wellington area has to offer for things to do.