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Mayor’s Welcome Welcome to Guelph!

GUELPH “The Royal City” Population: 120,000+ Founded: 1827

Cam Guthrie Land: 86.72 km2 Mayor:

Notable Guelph Athletes (past & present)

George Sleeman baseball Jack Purcell badminton Peter Zaduk boxing Irene Van Eenoo

You’ve just landed in an amazing city. Guelph is large enough to have all the dining, shopping, accommodations, and cultural amenities you’re looking for – and small enough to offer the friendliness and hospitality you would normally only find in a small town. This city truly has something for everyone. This year, we’re excited to be hosting the 2016 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Spring Games. We can’t wait to welcome hundreds of athletes, coaches, volunteers and families and roll out the red carpet in true Guelph style. And we’re proud to showcase our city’s fantastic sports and entertainment facilities – many of which are featured in this guide.

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Victor Davis swimming Helen Stoumbos soccer Rich Peverley hockey Scott Diamond baseball

You’re going to love it here! Enjoy your stay. Cam Guthrie Mayor

Play in Guelph – We have the home field advantage:

Contents Mayor’s Welcome


Tourism Services


2016 Best Fests


Going for Gold


Home Field Advantage


We promise you an experience that only Guelph can offer, because we are a city like no other. We offer the best of big city life, with all the charm of a small town.

Order Up


Farmers’ Market


Guelph Tourism:

Sculpture Culture


Extreme Fun


Grand River Raceway


Build Your Bucket List


Ghost Stories


Sleeman: A Family Recipe for Success




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Guelph’s the perfect place to get away and play. And when we say play, we mean it. Choose your adventure. Pack it all into one day or book in to stay, because there’s always something on the go in Guelph and we’ve made it easy to get where you want to be.

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Things to do... 42 Where to shop... 50 Good to know... 52 Where to stay... 53 Getting here and getting around




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Visitor information is conveniently located at the Guelph Civic Museum to help you map out your game plan. From where to stay to what’s on tap, the hottest ticket in town or a stadium with a view, we know this city inside and out. We want you to experience Guelph the way we do. Ask anyone. They love it here too. Tag, you’re it! Get social with us. We’re connected to the vibe of Guelph and surrounding Wellington County. Follow us on Twitter or check us out on Facebook. We’re mobile-friendly, so you can take us with you wherever you roam. If it’s happening here, we’ll get you there. For a complete listing of events check us out at or call us at 1-800-334-4519. Visitor Information Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street Guelph, ON N1H 4H8 +1-800-334-4519 @visitguelph /visitgw



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2016 Best Fests *All events take place in Guelph, unless otherwise noted

SPRING Guelph Arts Council Historical Walking Tours

Guelph Dance Festival June 2 to 5

Kazoo! Festival April 6 to 10

Friday Noon Hour Concert Series June 3 to July 29

Doors Open Guelph 2016 April 23

Harriston Farmers Market June 3 to August 26 Harriston

Guelph Pride 2016 April 29 to May 8 Spring Special Antique Show May 7 Aberfoyle Spring Wellington Rural Romp May 28 Wellington County


SUMMER Donkey Day July 12 Puslinch Aboriginal Day Celebration June 21 Tour de Guelph June 26

Palmerston Farmers Market June 4 to August 27 Palmerson

Canada Day Celebrations Guelph & Wellington County July 1

Guelph & District Multicultural Festival June 10 to 12

Guelph Wellington Local Food Fest June 26

Potters Market June 11 & 12

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Clifford Antique & Truck Show July 1 & 2 Clifford Movies in the Square July 8, 22 & August 5, 19 Festival Italiano July 8 & 9 Elora Festival July 8 to 24 Elora

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Fergus Truck Show July 22 to 24 Fergus

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Mount Forest Fireworks Festival July 15 to 17 Mount Forest

Hillside Festival July 22 to 24 Guelph Lake Conservation Area

Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games August 12 to 14 Fergus Riverfest August 19 to 21 Elora Aviation Fun Day August 20 Waterloo Guelph Ribfest August 26 to 28

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John Galt Day Festivities July 30


2016 Best Fests...continued FALL Guelph Jazz Festival September 14 to 18 Fergus Fall Fair September 16 to 18 Fergus Eden Mills Writers’ Festival September 18 Eden Mills International Plowing Match & Rural Expo September 20 to 24 Wellington County Fall Special Antique Show September 24 Aberfoyle


Fall Wellington Rural Romp September 24 Wellington County

Monster March Parade October 29 Elora

Vegfest Guelph September 25


Culture Days September 30 to October 2 Erin Fall Fair October 6 to 8 Erin Guelph Fringe Festival October 13, 14 & 16 Guelph Studio Tour October 14 to 16

Guelph Film Festival November 3 to 6 Fair November November 17 to 20 University of Guelph Guelph Santa Claus Parade November 20 Sparkles in the Park December 17 to 31 Guelph

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Guelph Film Festival November 5 to 8

Fair November November 19 to 22 Sparkles in the Park December 12 to 31 Hillside Inside 2016 January 28 to 31


If it’s tradition you’re looking for, we’ve got it. If you’re looking for something new, we’ve got that too. For the young and young at heart, there’s something for everyone in your clan!


August 12-14, 2016

Avenue of the Clans • Highland Dance Competition • Heavies Competitions • Pipes and Drums • Celtic Music • McKiddies Centre • Heritage Centre • McHeavies activities • Featured Author & Scottish at Heart Workshop series • Traditional Tattoo • Beer Tent

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Going for Gold When the spirit of competition is matched with the camaraderie of sportsmanship and equality for all athletes, we want to be a part of the celebration. That’s why Guelph is proud to host the 2016 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Spring Games, from May 26-28. “In 2013, Guelph was named the host city, and we got the ball rolling right away,” says Guelph Police Services Constable Chris Probst, who assumed the role of Games Manager for the event. “The Guelph Police Service is proudly taking a leadership role in organizing the event, just as Police Services have done previously across the province.” Over two days, Guelph will play host to nearly 1,000 of the most dedicated athletes, coaches and trainers in the province; plus their families too. These will be the largest Spring Games in Special Olympics Ontario history and feature an array of sports. We’re ready. We’ve got home field advantage. Guelph Police Chief Jeff De Ruyter has enjoyed being a part of the planning process. “There is something very special about the wonderful interaction we have with these athletes,” he explains. “These are very competitive games, but the inspiration in how these athletes compete and persevere, and how they support each other through competition, is the spirit of the Special Olympics.”


No other site could offer all that Guelph can, in such close proximity between events, with world-class venues, excellent hosting accommodations and the ease and accessibility of travel around a city that is small enough to feel like home, but large enough to offer all the services and opportunities our guests would expect. Frank Cain, assistant facility manager and business development for the University of Guelph is excited to host a true Athletes Village on a campus with accommodations and hospitality services, accessible venues and an athletics centre that is built for competition. The University of Guelph will host two events. Swimming will take place in the Gryphon Aquatic Centre’s Gold Pool. The sport of power lifting will take place in the West Gymnasium of the W.F. Mitchell Centre.

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Off campus, Guelph has other incredible facilities that were eager to be a part of these games. The 10pin bowling competition will be held at Woodlawn Bowl in Guelph’s north end, an easily accessible location within minutes from the downtown.

The spirit of this event draws out the best of our city’s character. Spend some time here and you’ll know: it’s genuine. That’s Guelph.

Kicking things off will be a grand Opening Ceremony celebration at the Sleeman Centre, a premiere entertainment and sport venue. This site will also be host to the Closing Ceremony. From beginning to end, the goal will be to make the athletes feel like the champions they are, celebrated by the people who cheer them on. This is where Guelph really shines. We are a community that thrives on volunteerism, evident by the more than 600 volunteers that have joined forces to make sure the games represent the

Glenn MacDonnell, president and CEO of Special Olympics Ontario, says watching the event unfold in the planning stages, what stands out for him is the spirit of community pride he has seen as the city rallies around the 2016 Games.

“People will come here and feel at home. People will be welcome in our restaurants, our hotels, on our university campus,” Cain said. “They will feel it instantly because we’ve been waiting for them.” The 2016 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Spring Games represents everything we respect about sport and gives us an opportunity to showcase everything we love about our city. From May 26-28, the best games in the province happen here. Let’s do this.

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“The Special Olympics is a special event,” Cain says. “It’s an opportunity to be able to provide someone that typically would not have the chance to compete in a sport, on a university campus, in facilities that are equipped to create a more professional event. I think it will mean the world to these athletes. That’s exciting to us.”


Home Field Advantage Guelph has the perfect home field advantage. When it comes to sport tourism, we have the bases covered. We’ve built this city with athletic facilities in every corner, from pools and arenas to outdoor fields and stadiums, because sports matter here. Guelph Dragon Boat Club You never know when you’ll see a dragon skimming across Guelph Lake, but they’re out there from spring to autumn. This year, the annual Guelph Dragon Boat Challenge and The University Triple Crown, a Lively Dragon event, is set for August 6, 2016. It’s a fierce and friendly competition, but it takes everyone in the boat to earn a win. Come out and see the competition in six different categories, from the fun community league, to the competitive varsity and sports teams. Paddles up! Baseball Guelph loves its baseball and we always have. The Guelph Royals started throwing pitches back in 1861, as the Guelph Maple Leafs, and had some of Guelph’s elite taking to the bases, like Lester B. Pearson and George Sleeman. They still take to the field today at Exhibition Park. The Guelph Silvercreeks date back to 1870 and are still going strong in the Junior Inter-County Baseball league. And it’s not just a sport for the ‘boys of summer.’ The Guelph Girl’s Minor Softball Association is one of the most


successful Girls Amateur Softball organizations in Canada, with a strong tradition of nurturing young players to earn scholarships in the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) and other national leagues beyond our city. Guelph Rugby Football Club Rugby is a fast-growing sport and some of the best players are from right here in Guelph. The Guelph Red Coats were established in 2012, as local notoriety for the sport grew. They have teams for players of all ages, from the Under 8 Minis to leagues for boys, girls, and youth through to senior men and women leagues. Already they have set impressive records for both teams and individual players, on the provincial, national and international scene. Royal City Roller Girls With five full seasons behind them, the Royal City Roller Girls have grown in popularity to launch 5 spin off teams: local league teams the Killer Queens and Violet Uprising, and their Fresh Meat Farm Team, known as Our Ladies of Pain. Representing Guelph on the travel circuit are the Brute-Leggers, a

charter team ranked in the international Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. These ladies take to the track in uniced hockey arenas and other venues throughout the city. Whatever team you see, the sport is serious and physical, but the community that surrounds it is all fun. Skate on. Guelph Curling Club Ontario’s second oldest curling club, the Guelph Curling Club was established in 1838 and moved to a new facility in 1968. Since then their ice has hosted generations of athletes looking for competitive bonspiels to casual social leagues. The facility has hosted many Ontario Curling Association Provincial Championships, including two Ontario Men’s Championships. Guelph Soccer Perhaps the biggest sport in the city is soccer, and Guelph Soccer boasts more than 4,000 players of all ages in various leagues from competitive teams, to house league and adaptive soccer programs for children with special needs. With both indoor and outdoor facilities, Guelph Soccer can host the season year round.

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But the University of Guelph’s athletics facilities are about to get bigger, and better. Plans include a $60 million multi-purpose complex featuring a fitness centre, multipurpose studios, an elevated jogging track, and more.

University of Guelph Tour the University of Guelph’s athletics facilities and prepare to be impressed. Start with the Gryphon Fieldhouse, home to an indoor artificial grass field and a 4-lane track. Outdoors you’ll find three FIFA 2 Star artificial turf soccer fields, a natural grass rugby field, plus a field hockey pitch, beach volleyball courts, and three ball diamonds. The W. F. Mitchell Athletic Centre has an 1,000 seat three court gymnasium, a secondary gymnasium and an eight lane, 25m main pool with a secondary recreational pool to.

Gryphon Centre Arena has a year round International ice pad with spectator space for 1,400 and an additional NHL size rink. Nationally renowned, Alumni Stadium played temporary host to the Canadian Football League, as the Hamilton Ti-Cats home base in 2013. It can handle a crowd of 8,500 spectators to watch football on the artificial turf field. It’s also an ideal track setting with an 8-lane track facility.

With more than 600 varsity athletes in the University of Guelph’s programs, and another 25,000 athletes from the Guelph community able to access their facilities, the campus has the resources to offer the athletic training, performance and facilities paramount to the success of these programs. Beyond sports, each year the campus welcomes close to 50,000 people to attend various educational and professional workshops and events, which offers another opportunity to introduce people to everything the University of Guelph has to offer. As a destination within our city, this campus has it all. You don’t have to be a Guelph Gryphon to play here, but you’ll want to be one when you leave.

Welcoming the world in 2017: World Dwarf Games Come to Guelph

Opening the doors to their world-class venues, the University of Guelph campus will welcome more than 500 athletes from all corners of the world for a full seven days of intense competition, with a few added days of pure fun. The Athletes Village atmosphere will create a community for the athletes that is inclusive and easily accessible, with all sporting venues on campus, plus access to Guelph’s transit options to take them out to enjoy our city. Athletes from India, Australia, the Congo and Ireland, just to name a few, will be headed here to compete in a wide-range of sports. Everything from

track and field to soccer, basketball and volleyball, with competitors as young as six years of age, all the way to the Masters, in both individual and team sports. These games will take place at the University of Guelph’s world-class venues. From the opening ceremonies at Alumni Stadium, to the courts of the W.F. Mitchell Athletics Centre, the Gryphon Fieldhouse and beyond, all athletes are vying for medal wins, the chance to break sport records and to do their country proud. We’ll be here to help. With the expert volunteer support of the many local athletic clubs that train on campus, and members of the Gryphon’s varsity teams to support the athletes, this event will be second to none. Open to the public, the 2017 World Dwarf Games promise an exciting

spectator experience for fans of sport to see a true international competition that celebrates athletic performance and endurance. The community will rally around as we prepare to welcome the world for the best game in town in August 2017.


The spirit of international competition and athletic performance will be matched with the spirit of our city and Gryphon pride when the University of Guelph and our city hosts the World Dwarf Games in August 2017.


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Guelph’s food trucks are taking the party to the streets! Drive up and dig in. Guelph’s Food Trucks have real gourmet curbside appeal. They are on the scene whenever, wherever the community gathers to celebrate (and we like to party). Rolling in with diverse menus that cater to foodies at heart, these Chefs are as much about community pride as the people they serve. Keep an eye out for these cuisine caravans at any of our major music or cultural festivals. They’ll be parked front and centre to support community charity events, and will be ready to feed the cheering crowds when the big game is in town. From street parties, to Canada Day, the Guelph Farmers’ Market to anywhere there is an appetite for fun: they’ll bring the flavour. Pull over and find out why.

Chef Scotty Cooks Bistro Tour A member of the local food initiative Taste Real, Chef Scotty supports local farmers and food producers in his menu selections and keeps things fresh with menus set to suit the occasion. Think upscale food with a unique twist. Gryph N’ Grille What other university campus features its own food truck? The Gryph N’ Grille is the University of Guelph’s campus food truck, operated by Hospitality Services. It features a locally-sourced and sustainable menu freshly prepared right on the truck. Sprinkle You will never look at cupcakesto-go the same way again after tasting the incredible baking of Jakki Prince at Sweet Temptations. Their line of the popular dessert caters to the sweet-tooth in all of us and including vegan and gluten-free options. Home Plate Mobile Kitchen Serving up traditional food truck favourites like burgers and fries with fresh ingredients, Home Plate Kitchen is a crowd pleaser. Find them at Guelph Gryphon football home games. It hits a homerun wherever it goes.


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Guelph Farmers’ Market: The heart of the city There’s nothing more authentically Guelph than Saturday mornings at the Guelph Farmers’ Market. It’s the heart of city life here and it always has been. It’s a tradition that goes back more than 180 years. Our city was built around the concept of a local food market, where townsfolk would meet farmers from around our area to exchange locally grown goods. Community happened here. Some things never change and for good reason. It’s that same sense of community today. Just follow the crowd downtown. The market is a destination where the community gathers, friends connect and families get to know our local food growers, producers and bakers. The Guelph Farmers’ Market runs weekly all year-round, offering flavours that reflect every season. Winter months, we enjoy the warmth of an indoor space, but come the spring and summer months, we throw open the doors and expand to our courtyard. Vendors offer a wide variety of foods, from local produce, organic selections, meats and artisanal cheeses, to specialty and ethnic fare, honey and maple syrup, to local arts and craft items too. Ideally located at the intersection of Gordon and Waterloo Streets, the Guelph Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon, year-round.

Friendly faces and great food is always in season at the Market Open Saturdays 7 a.m.–noon

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A visit to Guelph wouldn’t be complete without experiencing Guelph’s abundant and must-see collection of public art. And the pieces featured in The Donald Forster Sculpture Park, on the grounds of the Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG), should be top of the list. Formed in 1983, the Sculpture Park boasts an extensive collection of 38 pieces curated from Canadian and international talent and is the largest sculpture park at a public gallery in Canada.



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A self-guided tour is the best way to experience The Donald Forster Sculpture Park, and we’ve put together a list of some of the most notable works to help guide you along the way.


Verne Harrison, Dual School Bench, 2002 Take a close look at this piece. The artist cast a wad of chewing gum in bronze, which is affixed to the underside of one of the desks. How authentic.


Kim Adams, Crab Legs (Studio), 1994 The artist was inspired to create Crab Legs (Studio) when he visited an abandoned open mine pit in Quebec and discovered a “tipple,” a device used to extract products for transport over rail.



Beth Alber, Visionary, 2002 A quotation by former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau is etched into the face of this stone sculpture. It was written in the first Canadian-made typeface, Cartier, which was conceived in 1967 on Canada’s centennial.


Susan Detwiler, Camp, 2005 The socks, boots, and bedroll in Camp were cast from Detwiler’s own camping equipment. The objects were incinerated in the bronze casting process, creating perfect “fossils” in exquisite and authentic detail.

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Gu Xiong, The Sickle and the Cell Phone, 2002 The Nokia cell phone is an exact replica of Gu Xiong’s own cell phone in 2002. As a representation of technology, the aesthetic of the phone is already dated, having been replaced by today’s touch screen devices.


6 Gord Peteran, Artifact of Invention, 2013-2014 As you explore this sculpture look closely at all the items. The artist engraved his name on each and every piece of reclaimed brass used in the construction of this sculpture.

Mary Anne Barkhouse and Michael Belmore, Colony, 2007 The massive piece of Laurentian granite used in the piece is estimated to be 3 billion years old. Created by Canadian First Nation artists, the piece features a carving of Misshapeshu, an underwater lynx found in Ojibway mythology, and a bronze beaver.



10 Carl Skelton, Canadiana/Begging Bear, 1995-1999 Canadiana/Begging Bear has its own twitter page @TheBeggingBear anonymously authored by one of the bear’s biggest fans. The sculpture can often be found decorated or dressed up throughout the year and stands at the front of the AGG on Gordon Street welcoming visitors to the gallery and park.

Tom Dean, Desire, 2003 The swan in Desire is modelled after the mute swan (Cygnus olor), which can grow up to 6 feet in length and is the second largest waterfowl species in the world.

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Kosso Eloul, Passages, 1985 Passages was the first sculpture to be permanently sited in the Donald Forster Sculpture Park, located at the symbolic entrance to the park at the corner of Gordon Street and College Avenue.



Extreme Fun! If it’s adventure you seek, we can help you ‘up your game’ with some extreme experiences. All you have to do is hang on, or let go. But whatever you do, don’t look down.

Air U Take the leap in an indoor trampoline facility designed for the whole family. Bounce, fly and flip at the Air U Guelph Trampoline Park that has all the equipment and space to accommodate public events, private parties and Dodgeball tournaments. And if you just want to come try it out for fun, you can jump in on the action. ( Guelph Grotto The Guelph Grotto is the ultimate climber’s gym. With over two decades of experience, the site is designed and run by climbers who want to share their passion for the sport by creating challenging experiences for anyone from the beginner climbers to the pros. With all the gear and a host of packages to get you started, this is an all-ages venue that pushes people to reach for the top. ( Elora Gorge Tubing This summer, make a splash you are sure to remember. Try tubing through the white water rapids of the Grand River that meander through the limestone cliffs of the Elora Gorge,


part of the Grand River Conservation Authority. You can rent all the gear you need and hit the open water for an experience like no other. Expect an adventure. This is true river tubing. Just minutes north of Guelph, the Elora Gorge offers a beautiful view, with serious adventure. ( Stand-Up Paddle Guelph Make your own waves. Stand up and get paddling with SUP Guelph, and you can test out the waters at nearby Guelph Lake, or even see the city’s sights from the waters of the Speed River, as you wind through our downtown. Everything you need to explore Guelph’s main watercourses is available to rent for the half hour, half or full day. From beginners to experienced paddlers, there are lessons too. Paddle on. ( ONE AXE Pursuits We said don’t look down, right? We weren’t kidding. If it’s heights you seek, ONE AXE Pursuits will have you ziplining 200 feet across the Irvine River of the Elora Gorge. Skyrider Zipline is an extreme adventure open to anyone aged 3 and up, and is completely

accessible to everyone, regardless of mobility issues. And if that isn’t adrenaline enough for you, try the Zipline Extreme; a full day of ziplining and rappelling off the limestone cliffs of the Elora Gorge. Check out some of the ancient caves, and then drop down from the zipline itself, to the rocks and water 80 feet below. Face first is the way to go. Okay, you have to look down for that one, but you’ll enjoy the view. ( The Axe Hole Guelph Why throw darts, when you can throw an axe? That’s the obvious question behind Guelph’s newest adventure spot, The Axe Hole, a recreational axe throwing facility. This location is for private events only, so if you know you’re coming to town or going to be here for a few days book in and take part in a centuries old tradition. The Axe Hole throws 1.5 lb hatchets at 36 inch targets, from 15 ft away, with four throwing lanes able to accommodate groups from 8 to 16 people. Seriously fun, this is on target to be a memorable experience. (

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Grand River Raceway: It’s a good time. Bet on it.

The Guelph Grotto is the ultimate climber’s gym. When Grand River Raceway says “expect an experience” they mean it. Imagine being seated in a sulky, next to a professional driver, behind a real race horse and taking a half-mile turn around one of Ontario’s finest harness racing tracks. No seatbelts. No stopping. Hold the reins and go. If you love horse racing, or just horses in general, and you don’t mind a little dirt in your mouth, you’ve got to do this. We dare you not to grin.

Grand River Raceway is one of the best race tracks in Southern Ontario to experience live harness racing, with incredible views of the entire track from the Captain’s Quarter’s Dining Room, to the covered viewing area, or with the crowd trackside. It’s a family-friendly atmosphere and there is always something happening on the tarmac to keep racing fans entertained. Join them for the Grand River Raceway Open House on May 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and get on board to take your turn around the track. Watch their website, throughout the year for other “Hands on Horses” events. You’ll never look at racing the same way again. Hold on and remember to smile. And then maybe spit.

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Experience the world of horse racing from the best seat in the house. It’s a visceral experience, from the sound of the horse’s hooves, the adrenaline of the speed and strength of these majestic creatures, all under the guidance of a winning driver who has it all under control. Harness racing is an adventure unlike any other. And this is the place to do it.


Build Your Bucket List There’s so much to see and do in Guelph and area year-round! Whether you’re here for a few hours or a few days, there’s something for everyone. Use this list to help plan your activities during your visit.

How many can you check off?

□ E njoy the warm and fresh donuts at the Guelph Farmers’ Market

□ Pet a donkey at the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada □ T ry a flight of local brews at Royal City Brewing Company

□ T wist, turn and splash down the waterslide at the Fairfield Inn

□ Splash around in the Market Square water feature □ Zip line across the Elora Gorge with One Axe Pursuits □ Go round-and-round on the Riverside Park carousel □ G rab a double scoop cone at The Boathouse and check out the nearby covered bridge □ Climb the 100 steps from The Ward to St. George’s Park…what a view! □ Get ‘spooked’ on a Ghost Walk of Guelph □ Dress up the Begging Bear □ H ave a butterfly land on you at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory □ G et lost in the Corn Maze at Strom’s Farm & Bakery □ Drive a racehorse at Grand River Raceway □ Put your hand in a cows stomach at College Royal □ Tune in at the Hammond Museum of Radio □ Pause and reflect at the McCrae House □ Learn the art of making fresh pasta with La Cucina di Natalina □F ind a special treasure at the Aberfoyle Antique Market □ T ry for a hole-in-one at Springfield Golf and Country Club □ Indulge your inner chocoholic at York Rd Kitchen and Chocolate Bar □ Lace up your skates at the Market Square rink □ Tour the city’s converging rivers by canoe with □ D ance to the beat of your own drum at Speed River Paddling

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□ C heck out an interactive on-farm butchery class at Thatcher Farms

□ E njoy live jazz at Manhattans pizza bistro and


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□ Throw an axe at The Axe Hole Guelph □ S poil yourself with a fresh croissant from Eric the Baker

□ Play disc golf at the The Arboretum □ L earn about Guelph’s interesting past at the Guelph Civic Museum

□ Be entertained at River Run Centre □ S ing ‘take me out to the ball game’ during the 7th

inning stretch at a Guelph Royals baseball game

□ D iscover something new at the Art Gallery of Guelph

□ H igh five Stormy and Spyke at a Guelph Storm Game

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Ghost Stories

The Wellington County Court House

The Guelph Armoury

The Baker Street Parking Lot was the original communal burial site, back in the day when mass graves were common for those who could not afford, or were not welcomed, in consecrated burial grounds. Hundreds of bodies found a resting place beneath the area we now park our cars on downtown. Though most of the bodies of the deceased were relocated to a proper cemetery in later years, some locals say they have seen the presence of a female in a long dress. This ghost is reputedly intent on walking people to their cars. Be advised, she often reaches the car before the owner does, and then disappears. Don’t worry, she’s never asked for a ride.

The Wellington County Court House is Guelph’s oldest public building. It remains a beautiful blend of the past and present architecturally speaking, but it’s the past that gives the structure such character. When the District of Wellington was formed in 1837, Guelph built a courthouse and jail. In the days of public executions, prisoners sentenced to death were hanged from the gallows here. People came from beyond the city, beyond Wellington County even, to see justice served.

Guelph’s Armoury hosted thousands of troops for training during the First World War, and has ushered many more through since. Today it is a place of training for members of the Royal Canadian Artillery, 11th Field Regiment.

The Armoury, like the soldiers who have served there, is an important part of Guelph’s place in the history of our nation, so we’re okay with the ghosts wanting to stay. Heroes are welcome.






One of Guelph’s most notorious court cases ended in the town’s first public execution. Charles Coghlin, a young Irish Catholic, was sentenced to death for stabbing Richard Oliver, a Protestant, in a fight on the Eramosa Road in March 1847. Four decades later, the fate of local bookkeeper William Harvey also ended in execution for the charges of embezzlement and multiple murders. It is said the spirits of some offenders have been known to walk the grounds or peer out windows. Fortunately, it appears the spirits have learned their lesson and don’t step on the scales of justice anymore.

Ghost stories are legendary here. Tales of soldiers being awakened in the night by the sounds of marching feet, as if in drill practice, or the echo of whinnying horses, with the sound of hooves clacking on pavement. Many report a sense of being followed or watched throughout the building. One ghost has reportedly been spotted on various floors, with all accounts describing the uniformed man as having a handlebar moustache. In the Armoury’s bar, there is a specific stool said to be reserved for a spirit, with a mug of beer placed in front. Nobody sits there. But it is said at the end of the night the stool will be warm, as if someone has just left the seat.

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The spirit of Guelph may well linger in the spirits themselves, and with a colourful past, our city has some legendary ghosts in unique settings. Our ghost stories go back to a time of dark justice and tragic events, but that just makes us interesting. Believe or not, these spooky encounters with the deceased make sure Guelph never forgets its past by helping to keep our history alive. It seems these paranormal characters share our love for the city enough to want to hover around and never leave. We understand. Spooky or not, it’s a Guelph thing.

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The Albion Hotel Perhaps the most infamous spirit is also the most charismatic, a woman with the power to seduce one of the most infamous gangsters of all time. Unfortunately, it seems the lady spirit, known affectionately as the “the lady in white” is waiting for his return. It’s the stuff of legends, but the story goes that Al Capone was known to frequent our city. He wasn’t the only gangster in town, but many believe the love affair between Capone and his mistress began and ended at the Albion Hotel. We’ll never know. The Albion Hotel first opened to the public in 1856 as Stell’s Tavern, and by 1867 the stone structure of the present building was in place. A pair of tunnels led from the Albion’s basement to the grounds of what was known as “Catholic Hill,” and the lot that surrounds the Church of Our Lady Immaculate, as a means to smuggle beer to bootleggers bound for the United States.


After a bad break-up, the story goes that the lady in white hanged herself in

the room she rented on the top floor of the hotel. Her spirit is reputed to haunt the hotel still, and you’ll find many Guelph patrons who have convincing tales of seeing her ghost. Check out the Albion Hotel. You’ll appreciate why some spirits never want to check out.

The Wellington County Museum and Archives Just minutes north of Guelph, the Wellington County Museum and Archives is a must-see destination for many reasons. The grand structure is a National Heritage Site, with a modern Archive facility, and a museum that features both permanent and travelling exhibitions year round. But it’s the building’s history that has the voices of the past murmuring ever after. Built in 1877, it stands today as the oldest remaining House of Industry in Canada. The Wellington County House

of Industry and Refuge, better known as the Poor House, housed over 1500 destitute men, women and children. In that time over 600 people died there. A cemetery on the property was the final resting place for 271 men, women and children. A building with a history of this nature is sure to rile up some tragic spirits. Employees and visitors have reported ghostly encounters, including seeing faces in windows, shadows in the hallways, and reports former patrons in former dormitory rooms. Take a tour of this beautiful site and you’ll feel the presence of the past, and maybe even a little tingle up your spine. Either way, you’ll be glad you made the trip.

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Sleeman: A Family Recipe for Success No Canadian city has a history quite like ours, because none can lay claim to the Sleeman dynasty. We can tap our history back to the beauty of true beer craftsmanship, rebellion, bootleggers, forward thinking politics and industrial masterminds. Even before we were officially a city, the Sleeman family understood the inherently unique nature of Guelph. The Sleeman family poured their success into the arts, sports and streetscapes of a city. The values of work hard but play harder ring true today. We value the sustainability of the city’s resources and preserve the quality of life that is distinct to this place. We value innovation and support local. The Guelph you experience today is not just who we are now; it’s who we’ve always been. This is Guelph, Sleeman style.

English immigrant John H. Sleeman moves his family to Guelph from their former homes in Southern Ontario and New York State, with good reason. Guelph’s water was the perfect place to brew a quality beer.


George Sleeman Sr. becomes Guelph’s inaugural mayor after the city’s incorporation. He would be elected to this post 4 times.


The Silver Creek Brewery is established on Waterloo Avenue.


John H. Sleeman’s son George, at the age of 18, steps in to run the brewing operation, which would later become Sleeman & Son.


Sleeman helps develop and fund the Guelph Railway Company


The United States enacts National Prohibition, and the bootlegging from Guelph to the American border begins. The Sleeman brother’s were meeting market demand with smuggling beer through the city’s underground tunnels and stowing clear bottles under the vegetable and coal carts of willing farmers.


Sleeman Brewing & Malting was incorporated. George Sr., his wife Sarah and three of their sons were together on business. They used the clear bottles that remain a family trademark.


The Sleeman brothers were caught and charged with smuggling and tax evasion. The story goes they could have exported the beer legally with a permit, had they agreed to pay taxes on the sale. They refused. They were forced to sell the brewery to pay the taxes. The Sleeman family’s brewing license was suspended. It was the end of an era.


John W. Sleeman revives the family business with the original patent, bottles & recipes. He incorporates Sleeman Brewing and Malting Co. Ltd.

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Book a brewery tour or come get a taste of our notoriously good beer, fresh off the line, at our retail store. Open seven days a week. To book a brewery tour, visit the Sleeman retail store at 551 Clair Road West, Guelph, Ontario or call 1-800-BOTTLES ext. 4454 or direct 519-826-5454.

George Sleeman: The Toast of the Town true love was baseball. He put the city on the map from the pitching mound as pitcher and president of the Guelph Maple Leaf Baseball Club, winning the coveted title of the best baseball team in Canada and the banner of World Champions. Known as the “Father of Canadian Baseball,” more than 100 years after packing up his cleats, Sleeman’s legacy was honoured with his induction to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

George understood the quality of a work-life balance and helped create an active city. A man about town, he was an active member of the Guelph Turf Club, Guelph Bicycle Club and the Guelph Rifle Association, as well as president of the Royal City Curling Club. But his

When Guelph officially became a city in 1880, the man at the helm was George Sleeman. He was elected mayor five times. As one of the most successful business leaders in town, he was as generous with his wealth as he was with his desire to promote and

enhance the quality of life in Guelph. An innovator, he brought steam power to the brewery production line and electric power to the streetcar line, as founder of the Guelph Railway Company. Appreciating culture, George invested in Guelph’s Opera House. George Sleeman was a true Guelphite long before the term was coined. His contributions are legendary. His family changed the city, before it was a city. And his legacy lives on with as much civic pride, corporate integrity and just a hint of rebellion, to keep it interesting. We believe he would be as proud of his city. Cheers to that.

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Where else will you find a place where the first mayor was also one of Canada’s most successful brewers, and had the vigor to protest prohibition (and even find some careful ways around it). George Sleeman was the brew master of choice for Al Capone and his pals, the craftsman behind Sleeman Cream Ale, and the inspiration behind the The Sleeman Family Recipes that have kept the tradition of award-winning beer craftsmanship centered in our city.

There must be something in the water … It’s no accident that Guelph was the city of choice for the Sleeman family, more than a hundred years ago, and it’s the reason Sleeman Brewery rose again in the city that has always been its home. When founder John H. Sleeman was looking for a new location for his brewing business, pristine water was a key ingredient. He toured southern Ontario taking water samples and sending them back to his homeland of England for analysis, intent on brewing quality ale like those of his British roots. Guelph passed every test, with

its plentiful and clean aquifers. Of all the ingredients in the Sleeman Family Recipe Book, the one thing that could not be duplicated was Guelph’s water. In 1988, when a new generation of the Sleeman family got back to the brewing business, John W. Sleeman insisted Guelph was the natural site to continue the family business. But he did so with an environmental consciousness. Today, Sleeman’s operates with innovative and efficient technology that commits the company to a sustainable respect for Guelph’s environment.

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Steeplechase 1 Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate 28 Norfolk Street Towering over Guelph’s downtown core for more than 125 years is the ever-watchful beauty of the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate. Designed by renowned architect Joseph Connelly, the impressive Catholic Church is a testament to Gothic Revival architecture and considered Connelly’s masterpiece. The proud stature proves it was no easy feat, as the construction of the church was the longest building project in Guelph’s history, beginning in 1877 and still growing until 1926. In 2014 the church was given the honourary title of Basilica by Pope Francis.



St. Andrews Presbyterian Church 161 Norfolk Street Home to the oldest congregation in the city, this church is now celebrating its 188th year. This was the church of the McCrae family, including Guelph native Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, author of “In Flanders Fields.” Today, his family pew is marked with a plaque to honour their legacy. Designed by William Hay, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church was constructed from 1857-1858.



Knox Presbyterian Church 20 Quebec Street Dating back to 1844, the congregation of Presbyterian followers of the Church of Scotland has a strong and faithful following in Guelph. But not long after “The Disruption” in the church community, the present-day Knox Presbyterian Church settled on the corners of Quebec Street and Baker Street, as a gathering place for the Free Kirk Presbyterians. The church was constructed in 1868, designed by prolific church architect James Avon Smith, of Toronto. Guelph Lakeside Downtown 75 Norfolk Street The oldest church in the city of Guelph dates back to 1855. The present day Guelph Lakeside Downtown remains the oldest continuous house of workshop in the city. The limestone structure was designed by architect John Hall Jr., as an example of Romanesque Revival architecture, and considered the largest church of its kind in Southwestern Ontario at the time of construction. Prime Minister Lester Pearson’s father, Rev. Edwin Pearson was a Methodist minister here between 1917-1921. It would later become Norfolk United Church before its purchase in 2013 by Lakeside Church to be a community outreach facility with programs like Lakeside HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty Everywhere).

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See Guelph the way history designed it with our Steeplechase self-guided tour. It’s a short trip around our downtown streets, with sights set on the beautiful heritage limestone churches that are the cornerstones of our city. Grab your camera (you’re going to want it) and get set to experience the city’s heritage the way John Galt and our founders built it up; one giant limestone block at a time.



Royal City Church 50 Quebec Street In the heart of downtown Guelph, the former Chalmers Church has a proud heritage. A block east of the Knox Presbyterian Church, their connection dates back to the late 1860’s, when a disgruntled membership of the Knox congregation, upset over the divide in the church union, hired Toronto architect Henry Langley to construct the Chalmers Presbyterian Church. The site was completed by 1871. The congregation joined the United Church of Canada in 1925. It would change denominations in 2005, as home to the Royal City Church, part of the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada. St. George’s Church 99 Woolwich Street Built in 1873, St. George’s Anglican Church represents High Victorian Gothic design, credited to Henry Langley, one of Ontario’s most prolific architects of the 19th Century. The present site along the river was home to the third structure built for the Anglican Church in the region. As the congregation and the city grew, the others were demolished and the Woolwich Street location has been a permanent home. Many people are equally inspired by the displays of traditional stain glass windows. It’s a beautiful place to enjoy the view.

Guelph Black Heritage Society Nestled appropriately in the heart of a downtown neighbourhood, the small church now plays a big role in celebrating an important piece of Guelph and Wellington County’s Black history. The former Guelph British Methodist Episcopal Church has been revived into a vibrant cultural community centre through the dedication of the Guelph Black Heritage Society. Originally built in 1880 by former fugitive slaves, the important site is testament to the courage of the men and women who fled the United States via the Underground Railroad to settle in our region.

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In 2011, the church became home to the Guelph Black Heritage Society, ensuring the care and preservation of this historic structure, while creating a venue that celebrates and honours the legacy of those who built it.


Shifting Gears Exploring Guelph by Bike One of the best ways to discover Guelph is by bike. Two wheels, three wheels, even one wheel. Large, small, thin and smooth, or wide and knobby, no matter what you’re style is, there’s something for everyone here in Guelph.

There’s nothing like zipping around on an open road or trail. A bicycle is the perfect tool to explore, and get to know the city you’re in, seeking out hidden gems along the way. You can cover large distances like you would in a car, but at a pace that allows you to look around and share in the local experience, like a pedestrian. When you visit Guelph, be sure to bring along your bike, or rent one from Speed River Bicycle, and discover Guelph at your own speed. Locals shared what they enjoy most about biking in Guelph…but don’t just take their word for it, experience it for yourself. Recreational Riding The Royal River Trail is my favourite place to ride – and you can stop for a delicious ice cream at the Boathouse Tea Room along the way! After, I like to continue north on the trail, enjoying Guelph’s beautiful Riverside Park, and beyond to the Guelph Lake Conservation area. Later, I might head out to the trails in the south end of Guelph where you are bound to be awed by the hidden natural areas leading to Preservation Park. - Yvette


Road Riding A “classic” road riding loop…a loop that I ride quite a lot, is the Guelph Lake Loop (30km). In the morning it is hard to beat the felling of riding down through the fog by the lake, out through the fields when the sun is just starting to warm up…it’s a good loop. – Taylor * For a more challenging ride, explore some of the loops starting in Guelph branching out into Wellington County. Mountain Biking The Guelph Off Road Bicycling Association (GORBA) has designed/ maintained a great 20km network of single-track trails on the Grand River Conservation Area land east of Victoria Road. With the new popularity of Fat Bikes, these trails are now being used all year round. My personal favourite route combines the new WASPcam ALLEY trail with a handful of other trails for a great combination of challenging technical trails with some fast, flowy and fun sections. – Jim

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Downtown Guelph Unique by design

The word “unique” gets thrown around a lot, but when we’re talking about our city, it’s a fact. Guelph was designed to be a city unlike any other, and we’ve lived up to it. We have John Galt to thank. When he founded our fair city, he planned a community that would grow in a radial streetscape, branching out with a centre on a commercial downtown. Today, Downtown Guelph is a thriving place, the hub of arts and entertainment, fabulous food, specialty shopping and so much more. We’ve got the best a big city has to offer, with the charm of a small town. But that’s our little secret.

But first, grab a coffee. Nothing fuels the citizens of Guelph like a good cup of java. Whether you pop into the landmark caffeine fix of Planet Bean, for a fair-trade, organic selection, or you head over to Balzac’s Coffee Roasters, and enjoy fine Ontario blends. You’ll find baristas ready to serve at the Red Brick Café, for a little European flair, and fine service in the many bistros and cafés downtown. Fuel up. You’re going to need it.

Get Your Game On If it’s sports you seek, or a little friendly competition, you can go from centre ice to holding court downtown and enjoy a city where we work hard, but play harder.

Catch a game at our premier sports entertainment facility, the Sleeman Centre. Home ice for the Guelph Storm, the 2013-14 Champions of the Ontario Hockey League, and the Guelph Hurricanes, Jr. B hockey, part of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, in Canadian Junior Ice Hockey. While you’re at the Sleeman Centre, visit the Guelph We have a rich history of amazing athletes in more sports than you can throw a ball at, because we have sports programs that foster champion athletes. We’re proud of the talent that got their start here. Take a self-guided tour and see for yourself.

Sports Hall of Fame.

Grab some grub,

because all that talk of sports will surely make you hungry. Fan favourites include loading up a Fat Bastard Burrito, or enjoying the thick, gooey goodness of Pierre’s Poutine. Who Gives a Shintz? You will, when you pop in for a delicious schnitzel sandwich loaded with every kind of topping you crave.

Pick your pub. There is one around every corner, but

you can start at the four corners of town. From Frank & Steins, or McCabes to Bobby O’Briens or the Western Burgers and Steaks. You can catch a game on a big screen TV and enjoy a pint from one of the many Guelph area breweries. We love our coffee, but Guelph is passionate about our local craft beers. You’ll understand once you experience them for yourself.

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How much good food, retail therapy, sports consumption and pub hopping can you fit into one day in Downtown Guelph? Well, how much time do you have? Go where the locals go and you won’t be disappointed.

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Culture Seekers

A city can’t survive without culture, and in Guelph, we thrive on artistic expression and inspiration. After all, our city’s founder, John Galt, was a poet, novelist and dramatist. He designed a city that would uphold the values of culture to enrich a society, and we believe it is part of what makes Guelph’s culture unique. It begins in the heart of Downtown Guelph, a hub for talent and creativity with many different venues. Explore your inner artsy.



Plan to catch a performance at River Run Centre, Guelph’s premiere performing arts centre, alongside the Speed River. This picturesque, modern venue hosts Guelph Symphony performances, welcomes national and internationally renowned performers, from singers, to comedians, to bands, in every genre of music you would expect. See who is in town when you plan to be. Chances are, it’s a show you’d enjoy. Check out the The Bookshelf. The independent bookstore features a selection of books of every genre from local writers to international authors. See the latest in films on the big screen at the Bookshelf Cinema, that features Hollywood blockbusters and independent films. Then catch some live performances at the Bookshelf’s ebar. See why Guelph heads here for the creative influence.

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All the cool cats make a pilgrimage to check out the vinyl collections of Royal Cat Records on Carden Street. They return on a regular basis to see what’s new and, even better, what’s classic. If you love music back when there was an A-Side and B-Side, make time to check this spot out. We love music in Guelph, from our festivals and street events, to our cafes and bistros. You don’t need to be a club-goer to find great live music in an atmosphere where you can still hear yourself think. Meander through Downtown Guelph and you’ll find plenty of places to inspire the senses.

More than 180 years ago, when Guelph was founded, the limestone buildings and streetscapes were not designed with accessibility in mind. But this is a city that moves with the times, and we want everyone who comes here to be able to do the same. Guelph loves its heritage, but it also wants to be a city open to all, accessible to everyone, from the businesses and restaurants to the shops in the downtown core. That’s not easy with the design of heritage buildings and streetscapes built long before sidewalks were created. StopGap Guelph is the answer. Businesses and shops with single step entrances now have access to portable ramps, with a unique design and colourful appearance. The solution offers convenience, with ramps that are able to be used on an as-needed basis and are removable and easily stored. Ideal for wheelchairs or walkers, baby strollers and delivery trolleys, the ramps open doors to places everyone wants to go, and now everybody can. A joint venture between the Downtown Guelph Business Association and the Guelph Accessibility project, this grass-roots plan is about breaking down barriers in public spaces. Community engagement is paramount here.

StopGap ramp in Guelph |

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Check out for a full listing of Guelph businesses that feature StopGap and call ahead to confirm the ramp is ready for your visit. It’s fast, convenient and safe. Guelph is a city for everyone. Get out and explore it.

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Night Life If it’s the warm welcome of a traditional Call the play Embrace the night pub you seek, you’ll If your idea of a night out includes We don’t roll up the sidewalks neighbourhood find your place at our popular local catching the game on the big screen at the end of the day. We dim establishments like The Woolwich and sharing some pints with your pals, the lights, turn up the volume Arrow and Baker Street Station. Both then rest assured Guelph’s pubs are and get our groove on. Guelph feature local fare from the food on the the cornerstone for sports fanatics. plates to the pints in your glass. Bring has a thriving social scene your friends and plan on making new From the first goal to the last basket, and every penalty in between, drop in all year round. Whether you ones. to Bobby O’Briens or McCabe’s Irish want to dance the night away, Pub & Grill, both offering traditional Turn Up the Volume Irish pub fare in a casual atmosphere enjoy an acoustic set or join Whatever kind of music inspires you, with plenty of sports action on the big a jam and rock out with your we bet you’ll find a venue that has screens. Frank & Steins is reputed to friends, the downtown core it. From live bands to DJ sets, Retro be the off-campus home of the Guelph has a night life that offers Nights and jam-packed dance floors, Gryphons, where varsity sports are something for everyone. And with as diverse a line-up as you’d fine serious business. any major city. Best of all, you can it’s all within walking distance, in walk from one nightclub to the next Fun should never be a spectator sport, so your experience can be as and change your night completely. so make a stop at Doogies and Pablos. Kick it off at the Albion Hotel, where Whether you’re a pool shark or a varied as your mood for fun.

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Go where the Guelphites go for a relaxed night amongst friends, and you’ll be sure to catch a game of trivia, or a live acoustic set in an atmosphere that caters to the enjoyment of great food and good times. From Sip Club to eBar and Bistro, where the social calendar is as varied as the experiences to enjoy, you’ll soon see why this is Guelph culture at it’s most interesting.


there’s always something going on in every level of one of Guelph’s oldest gathering spots. Then head east to Jimmy Jazz and The Royal Electric Bar and Public Eatery, to nearby DSTRCT and Apartment 58. Prepare to stay out late, because just around the corner you can party the night away at Palace and Trappers Alley, with two great dance clubs in one spot. Get loud and get your groove on.

pinball wizard, you can get your game on here.

But the night doesn’t end when the games do, so prepare to head into overtime with live music, DJ sets or just more friends joining the after-party with beer on tap. For an action packed night on the town, central to everything, the fun begins and ends in Downtown Guelph.

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Fashion is a game we’re up for, and you’ll find brands you know, to imports you’ve never seen, all with a creative edge that is very Guelph-esque. You’ll find everything from formal wear at Crème Couture, to every day urban styles. Walk your feet directly into If Footwear and prepare to make room in your closet. We’re a city on trend.

2. Maybe retro attire or up-cycled clothing is more the style you seek. That’s okay, because Guelph has an eclectic network of incredible second-hand fashion stores, like The Wild Rose and NU Consignment, and for the vintage lover, Meow! Take your time. Browsing is absolutely allowed.

Best Bites Get a taste for Guelph. Eat where the locals eat! A visit to Downtown Guelph wouldn’t be complete without experiencing a culinary journey through our city’s historic and culturally diverse dining atmosphere. Whether your culinary tour is self-guided or you join a Taste deTours, your taste buds are in for adventure. Here you’ll find everything from fine dining to intimate bistros, ethnic specialties and quiet cafes, to patisseries and bakeries that rival any urban centre. Every location features a culinary artist whose passion to create delectable dishes is matched by a desire to add a unique flavour to our city. Get to know the stories behind the places and you’ll find the connection to the incredible bounty of local food purveyors and growers. When it comes to local food, we practice what we preach. So dine in or take out, but discover why these chefs and foodies alike chose Guelph to create a food-lover’s destination. If you’d like to follow someone else’s lead on customizable and set tours to experience the flavour of our city, reserve a ticket with Taste deTours for a culinary experience that is authentically Guelph. We love our culinary culture like we love our heritage and when you combine the two. You can see how Guelph’s unique flavour is infused into our character. It’s a journey for the senses.

3. If it’s ethical retail you seek, you’ll find Guelph a city with a conscious. For fashion that’s organic and guaranteed ethical, Grey Rock Clothing Co. is the place to start. And for an environmentally conscious bride, visit Something Green Bridal Boutique, where sustainability is always in fashion. 4.

Home décor, art pieces, furniture accents and everything in between can be found in our shops that offer some unique alternative pieces and design options. Be sure to stop at Coriander for an authentic experience, and Creative Edge to find treasures. We’re an artsy town. Trust us. We know what works.

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We invite you to take part in a retail relay that is sure to bring out the shopper in everyone. In Downtown Guelph, you won’t find the big name retail stores. You’ll find shops and boutiques owned by our neighbours, where service is genuine and the character of our city is reflected in the business on our main streets and inside the Quebec Street Mall. Get to know our city the way we do, by shopping Downtown Guelph.


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Where to eat... BABELFISH BISTRO 80 Macdonell Street T 519-826-6709 W BALZAC’S COFFEE ROASTERS 5 Gordon Street T 519-265-8828 W BOBBY O’BRIEN’S IRISH PUB 90 Macdonell Street T 519-763-0043 W BOREALIS GRILLE & BAR 1388 Gordon Street T 519-265-9007 W BUON GUSTO RESTAURANT 69 Wyndham Street North T 519-265-8766 W CADENCE 88 Yarmouth Street T 519-265-8225 W

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EAST SIDE MARIO’S 370 Stone Road West T 519-763-7861 W ENVER’S OF MORRISTON 42 Queen Street, Morriston T 519-821-2852 W FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB 494 Edinburgh Road South T 519-766-4242 W

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CHEF SCOTTY COOKS T 519-835-3287 W

LA CUCINA RISTORANTE 25 Macdonell Street T 519-836-3031 W




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Where to eat... LAZA CATERING 74 Ontario Street T 519-823-8247 W

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MANHATTANS PIZZA BISTRO • MUSIC CLUB 951 Gordon Street South T 519-767-2440 W MIIJIDAA CAFÉ + BISTRO 37 Quebec Street T 519-821-9271 W THE JOINT CAFE 43 Cork Street East T 519-265-8508 W THE KEG 49 Clair Road East T 519-829-1234 W

WESTERN HOTEL BURGERS & STEAKS 72 Macdonell Street T 519-824-2560 W WITH THE GRAIN 294 Woolwich Street T 519-827-0008 W WOOLWICH ARROW PUB 176 Woolwich Street T 519-836-3948 W YORK RD KITCHEN & CHOCOLATE BAR 648 York Road T 519-763-6333 W

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THE RED BRICK CAFÉ 8 Douglas Street T 519-836-1126 W


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AIR U TRAMPOLINE PARK 919 York Road T 519-822-5867 W ART GALLERY OF GUELPH 358 Gordon Street T 519-837-0010 W CAMBRIDGE BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY 2500 Kossuth Road, Cambridge T 519-653-1234 W

Nature Trails Bird Watching Gardens and Plant Collections Workshops and Special Events Wedding and Conference Facilities Open Dawn to Dusk - Year Round - Free Admission

DIXON’S DISTILLED SPIRITS 355 Elmira Road North, unit 106 T 519-362-1850 W DRAYTON ENTERTAINMENT 46 Grand Avenue South, Cambridge T 1-855-372-9866 W EDEN MILLS WRITERS’ FESTIVAL 19 Cedar Street, Eden Mills T 519-856-0038 W FERGUS SCOTTISH FESTIVAL & HIGHLAND GAMES Office: 160 Provost Lane, Fergus Festival Site: 550 Belsyde Avenue East, Fergus T 1-866-871-9442 W GHOST WALK OF GUELPH E W


University of Guelph 519-824-4120 ext. 52113 Guelph Dance Festival June 2–5

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival

September 18

Hillside Festival

July 22–24

Guelph Jazz Festival

September 14–18

Guelph Film Festival

November 3–6


GRAND RIVER RACEWAY 7445 Wellington County Road 21, Elora T 519-846-5455 W GUELPH CIVIC MUSEUM 52 Norfolk Street T 519-836-1221 W GUELPH DANCE FESTIVAL 147 Wyndham Street North, suite 404 T 519-780-2220 W

fabulous festivals An agency of the Government of Ontario. Un organisme du gouvernement de l’Ontario.


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GUELPH & DISTRICT MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL Office: 123 Woolwich Street, 2nd Floor Event Site: Riverside Park T 519-836-7482 W

Catch a great show while you’re in town.

GUELPH FAB 5 147 Wyndham Street North, Suite 404 T 519-827-5046 W GUELPH FILM FESTIVAL T 519-827-5046 W GUELPH JAZZ FESTIVAL 6 Dublin Street South T 519-763-4952 W GUELPH STUDIO TOUR T 519-400-1909 W

Guelph’s centre for the performing arts

HAMMOND MUSEUM OF RADIO 595 Southgate Drive T 519-822-4399 W

519.763.3000 | 877.520.2408 | 35 Woolwich Street, Guelph |  f


HILLSIDE FESTIVAL Office: 341 Woolwich Street Festival site: Guelph Lake Conservation Area 7743 Conservation Drive T 519-763-6396 W

Join us to celebrate our 30th Anniversary - 2016!!! SAVE THE DATE: June 10, 11 & 12

MAPLETON’S ORGANIC DAIRY 8548 Wellington Road 7, Moorefield T 519-638-1115 W

Guelph Riverside Park - Free Admision

MARKET SQUARE 1 Carden Street T 519-822-1260 W MCCRAE HOUSE 108 Water Street T 519-836-1221 W MINGA SKILL BUILDING HUB T 519-766-3141 W

Hands-on reskilling workshops

Cultural Parade & Opening Ceremony on Friday Craft & Commercial Vendors International Cuisines - Food Vendors Cultural Performances - Fashion Show Children’s Tent - Community Networking Tent Aboriginal Community Circle Highland Games - Youth Tent One World Living Together Poster & Writing School Display - Community Award & more coming to celebrate our Anniversary Visit our website for updates on the program Voluteers, vendors and cultural opportunities available - Contact us for more info: 519.836.7482 - 123 Woolwich Street, 2nd Floor Guelph, Ontario N1H 3V1


Discover thousands of butterflies in a tropical garden!

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2500 Kossuth Rd. Cambridge ON 519.653.1234

GUELPH’S PREMIERE VENUE FOR SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT This modern, well equipped 5,000-seat facility features a large fan viewing area along with suite rentals with customized food services, making it an ideal choice for: • • • •

sports events trade shows cheerleading competitions monster truck shows

• • • •

figure skating competitions concerts banquets ice rentals 50 Woolwich Street, Guelph 519-822-4900

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The dramatic beauty of the Elora Gorge, world class festivals, a haven of arts and culture, all with a heritage river running through it; Summer music festivals on the banks of the Grand, an outdoor adventurer’s dream, and home to arguably the prettiest farmers’ market in Ontario. From art to adventure, music to monsters, thoroughbreds to bread baking, fine food to fly-fishing, come experience Elora and Fergus for yourself.

Everything you imagine, and so much more! • 1-877-242-6353 • 10 East Mill Street • Elora

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Sports Guelph Played


Lucile Fashion. Titanic. Scandal.



MAY 7 – NOV 13






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Get a fresh taste of farming! Visit the Town of Minto during the 2016 International Plowing Match & Rural Expo from September 20 - 24, 2016. Celebrate agriculture and rural life with the annual plowing competition, countless activities and events, and more than 600 vendors. Get all the details at While visiting the IPM, make time to discover Minto’s historic downtowns, farms, local food, accommodations, museums, galleries and theatres. There’s more in Minto! Plan your visit at



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Things to do... ONE AXE PURSUITS, ELORA GORGE ZIPLINE 24 Henderson Street, Elora T 519-846-8888 W

WELLINGTON BREWERY 950 Woodlawn Road West T 1-800-576-3853 W

RIVER RUN CENTRE 35 Woolwich Street T 519-763-3000 W

WELLINGTON COUNTY MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES 0536 Wellington Road 18 T 519-846-0916 W

SLEEMAN BREWERIES INC. 551 Clair Road West T 519-822-1834 W

WELLINGTON NORTH SIMPLY EXPLORE 7490 Sideroad 7 East, Kenilworth T 1-800-848-3620 W


WEST END COMMUNITY CENTRE 21 Imperial Road South T 519-837-5657 W

SPRINGFIELD GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 2054 Gordon Street T 519-821-4655 W TASTE DETOURS T 1-866-736-6343 W THE ARBORETUM University of Guelph T 519-824-4120 extension 52113 W THE DONKEY SANCTUARY OF CANADA 6981 Puslinch Concession 4 T 519-836-1697 W TOWN OF MINTO 5941 Highway 89, Harriston T 519-338-2511 W VICTORIA PARK GOLF CLUB 1096 Victoria Road South T 519-821-2211 W VICTORIA ROAD RECREATION CENTRE 151 Victoria Road North T 519-837-5621 W

Where Guelph meets –

Great food

43 Cork St. E. Downtown Guelph • 519 265 8508


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Harriston  Town of Minto  ON


Where to shop... ABERFOYLE ANTIQUE MARKET 57 Brock Road South, Aberfoyle T 519-763-1077 W COX CREEK CELLARS INC. 7687 Wellington Road 22 T 519-767-3253 W CRAFTS 4 U 14 Edinburgh Road South T 519-822-5191 W CREATIVE EDGE 9 Quebec Street T 519-824-5350 W GUELPH FARMERS’ MARKET Corner of Gordon Street and Waterloo Avenue T 519-822-1260 extension 2244 W MOSBOROUGH COUNTRY MARKET 5284 Wellington Road 32 T 519-763-5224 W STONE ROAD MALL 435 Stone Road West T 519-821-5780 W STROM’S FARM & BAKERY 5089 Wellington Road 32 T 519-822-1070 W THATCHER FARMS 5727 5th Line, Rockwood T 519-856-4073 W


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National Aboriginal Day Celebration TUESDAY, JUNE 21


Movies in the Square FRIDAYS AT 9 P.M.

July 8, 22 and August 5, 19

John Galt Day Festivities SATURDAY, JULY 30

Travelling alone?

The Day Pass is valid for one person any day of the week, including holidays. 16/02/2016 11:49:36 AM

Bringing the family to Guelph for the weekend? The Day Pass is valid for up to five people on any Saturday or Sunday.* Visit for a complete list of vendors that sell Guelph Transit tickets and passes, including Day Passes.

If you are staying at a hotel in Guelph, Day Passes may also be available at the front desk. Ask your hotel concierge for information.

* Groups can be made up of: One adult and up to four youths, 17 years of age or under, or two adults and up to three youths, 17 years of age or under, or two adults.

CONTACT US 519-822-1811 TTY 519-837-5731

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Good to know... CITY OF GUELPH PARKING 1 Carden Street T 519-822-1260 extension 2888 W CONESTOGA COLLEGE, GUELPH CAMPUS 460 Speedvale Avenue West T 519-824-9390 W ELORA FERGUS TOURISM 9 East Mill Street, Elora T 519-846-9841 W GLOBAL CURRECY SERVICES INC. 1027 Gordon Street Unit 8 T 1-877-390-7330 W IMMIGRANT SERVICES GUELPH-WELLINGTON 926 Paisley Road Units 4 & 5 T 519-836-2222 W RED CAR SERVICE 530 Elizabeth Street T 519-824-9344 W SWAN MOVING & STORAGE 15 Petrolia Street T 519-821-6683 W UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH 50 Stone Road East T 519-824-4120 W

Coordinating all of your ground transportation needs. • Site Tours • Special Events • VIP Tours • Airport Transfers • Custom Charters

More than just the airport 519-824-9344 • 855-218-4888


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Where to stay... B & B AND RETREAT CENTRES IGNATIUS JESUIT CENTRE 5420 Highway 6 North T 519-824-1250, W features: free wifi, meeting space LONDON HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST 80 London Road West T 519-824-6874, 1-877-836-6874, W features: free wifi LYONS DEN BED AND BREAKFAST 18 University Avenue East T 519-821-2556, W features: free wifi

Providing outstanding accommodation since 1988

THE VILLAGE INN 66 Wellington Road 7, Elora T 519-846-5333, W features: free wifi, kitchenette WALKERBRAE HOUSE & WEDDINGS 57 Walkerbrae Trail T 519-240-0308, W features: free wifi, kitchenette

Ignatius Jesuit Centre Conference space for 15-100 people Overnight accommodation 600 acres of trails, gardens and woods

“The setting & atmosphere are inspirational, the meals prepared with great care...I would recommend Ignatius to any group!”

5420 Hwy 6 N, Guelph 519 824 1250 ext 231

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A Place of Peace


BEST WESTERN PLUS ROYAL BROCK HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE 716 Gordon Street T 519-836-1240, 1-800-563-9240 COMFORT INN GUELPH 480 Silvercreek Parkway North T 519-763-1900 W DAYS INN GUELPH 785 Gordon Street T 519-822-9112 W DELTA GUELPH HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE 50 Stone Road West T 519-780-3700 W FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES, MARRIOTT GUELPH 35 Cowan Place T 519-763-2339 W HAMPTON INN & SUITES BY HILTON GUELPH 725 Imperial Road North T 519-821-2144 W

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES GUELPH 540 Silvercreek Parkway North T 519-824-2400 W HOLIDAY INN GUELPH HOTEL & COFERENCE CENTRE 601 Scottsdale Drive T 519-836-0231 W STAYBRIDGE SUITES GUELPH 11 Corporate Court T 519-767-3300 W WESTERN HOTEL EXECUTIVE SUITES 72 Macdonell Street T 1-844-937-8123 W

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Directory • NEWLY RENOVATED Meeting Rooms • NEWLY RENOVATED Restaurant • NEWLY RENOVATED Fitness Facilities • NEWLY RENOVATED Guestrooms • FREE Wireless Internet • FREE Parking!

601 Scottsdale Drive, Guelph, Ontario (beside Stone Road Mall)


• Studio, 1 or 2 Bedroom Suites with

• FREE Supper Buffet (Tue-Thurs)

Fully Equipped Kitchen Facilities &

• FREE High Speed Internet Access

Living Areas

• Indoor Pool, 24H Fitness Centre,

• Discounted rates for Stays over

Theatre Room, BBQ Pavilion & Putting Green

6 nights • FREE Daily Hot Buffet Breakfast

519-767-3300 • 1-800-238-8000

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Getting here and getting around GUELPH




Buffalo Hamilton USA

Location is everything. That’s another reason to love Guelph. Getting here is easy. We are ideally situated in the heart of Southern Ontario:


● 100 km (62 miles) from Toronto; a direct drive along Highway 401 ●4  8 km (30 miles) to the city of Hamilton, to the south, via Highway 6, connect us to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) ●1  45 km (90 miles) to the United States border via Buffalo, New York


If day trips are your thing, make Guelph your roundtrip for a great starting point and final destination. ● 26 km (16 miles) to the Waterloo Region ● 31 km (19 miles) to St. Jacobs ● 22 km (14 miles) from the picturesque Elora Gorge and the historic town of Fergus ● 75 km (47 miles) to Stratford


Once you’ve arrived in Guelph, you’ll find our city easy to navigate. Guelph Transit buses have the city covered with affordable transit options and reliable service that reaches everywhere you need to go. The routes are easy to follow and always available online at, and stay up to date on Twitter @guelphtransit. The Guelph Central Station is conveniently located in downtown: 79 Carden Street (Wyndham St. N. & Carden St.)

Guelph is a hub of several bus transportation options that will get you around Ontario. Make your connections at the Guelph Central Station: 79 Carden Street (Wyndham St. N. & Carden St.) GO Transit: Guelph Central GO Station 416-869-3200 toll free 1-888-438-6646 TTY 1-800-387-3652 Greyhound: Greyhound Canada (Guelph Central Station, 79 Carden St.) Fares & Schedules: 1-800-661-TRIP (8747) TTY 1-800-397-7870


Guelph’s Central Station has been instrumental in getting people to and from our city since 1911. The heritage site is as busy now as ever, with service from GO Transit and VIA Rail bringing people from across Canada to our city, and taking commuters into cities like Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal for business and pleasure. Guelph Central Station: 79 Carden Street (Wyndham St. N. & Carden St.) GO Train: 416-869-3200 toll free 1-888-438-6646 TTY 1-800-387-3652 VIA Rail Canada: Arrivals and departures: 1-888-842-7245 Information and reservation: 1-888- 842-7245


Don’t fly by, because we are in close proximity to four domestic and international airports. • Region of Waterloo International Airport • Toronto Island • Toronto Pearson International Airport • J ohn R. Munro Hamilton International Airport Red Car Airport Service will take you from your door to the departures lounge hassle-free. 530 Elizabeth Street 519-824-9344


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Our taxi companies offer 24-hour door-todoor service to get you where you need to be, safe and sound. Canadian Cab: 88 Macdonell Street 519-824-8450 1-877-260-4305 Red Top Taxi: 519-821-1700 78 Lewis Road


Guelph is an active city, always on the move. As such we are a bicycle-friendly community. It’s truly one of the best ways to experience our many scenes and sites. Our city has embraced this environmentally sustainable form of transit by making it accessible to get around with bike lanes on our main roads, shared lane spaces and trails connecting our neighbourhoods. Check out our online Guelph Cycling Map at for a detailed list of trails, lanes and bike-friendly route to navigate our city on two wheels, or even three. Plus our buses are equipped with bike racks, so you can stow and go from place to place, at your convenience.

The Region of Waterloo International Airport is owned and operated by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario (Canada).




The University of Guelph

A world of possibilities, minutes from downtown Guelph.

Take a self-guided campus walking tour to discover our beautiful grounds and mix of modern and traditional architecture. Catch live theatre, concerts, lectures and other cultural events.

Bring your game to our modern athletic facilities: twin-pad arena, pool, gym, field house, stadium and track, soccer complex and ball diamonds. Cheer on the Guelph Gryphons at our newly renovated Alumni Stadium.

Stroll through our 165-hectare Arboretum, home to plant collections, wetlands, nature trails and a memorial forest. Get close to art at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre: Inuit drawings, sculpture park, contemporary art exhibitions and the university collection. Enjoy lunch at PJ’s Restaurant — our student-run restaurant in the Atrium.

Visit College Royal held in March, the largest university open house in North America. Catch the Fair November handicraft sale every fall in the University Centre.

Tune in to campus radio CFRU 93.3 FM.

Call us at 519-824-4120 or visit


Expect an Experience!

SPEND AN EVENING AT THE SLOTS Open 24h/7d ENJOY HORSE RACING Most Mon/Wed/Fri Summer Nights (see full schedule online)

DINE WITH US Call 519.846.5455 x247 for race night reservations and group bookings

7445 Wellington County Road 21, Elora | 519.846.5455

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