Visit Guelph 2019-2020
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Welcome to Guelph
As you explore this guide, know that we are only scratching the surface of discoverable delights and sights of Guelph. During your visit youâ€™ll be welcomed with gracious hospitality, beautiful scenery and a host of memorable experiences that will keep you coming back. Want more information? Lists of attractions, accommodations, and all the tools you need to plan your perfect trip are available at visitguelphwellington.ca. Looking for sample itineraries and a window into the sights, sounds and tastes of Guelph? Then, visitguelph.blog is your next stop! Already in Guelph? Our Visitor Information Kiosk is located at the Guelph Civic Museum, which overlooks our historic downtown. Here you will find helpful staff, free parking, thoughtprovoking exhibitions, visitor resources and more.
Guelph Civic Museum
Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm 52 Norfolk St. Guelph, ON N1H 4H8
As per the Accessibility for Ontarians Act, the Visit Guelph Guide is available in an accessible alternative format by contacting us at 519-822-1260 extension 2808/TTY 519-826-9771
We acknowledge Guelph is situated on treaty land that is steeped in rich indigenous history and home to many First Nations, Inuit and MĂŠtis people today. As a City we have a responsibility for the stewardship of the land on which we live, work and visit. Today we acknowledge the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation of the Anishinaabek Peoples on whose traditional territory Guelph is situated on. 2
Top 10 Places to
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1. #RoyalCityWings Mural on Wilson Street 2. Fall foliage at the Arboretum and U of G Campus 3. Covered Bridge
6. The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada @sharnacious
7. Old Growth Forest at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre 8. Historic limestone buildings of Downtown Guelph
4. Basilica of Our Lady
9. Heffernan Street Footbridge
5. Guelph Lake Conservation Area
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10. Aberfoyle Antique Market
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How to Spend A Weekend
Culture Days Edition
FRIDAYAfter a busy week, head over to 39 Carden Street and
try some artfully crafted snacks from their Korean-inspired menu. Now that you’ve had a minute to unwind it’s time to get your party on! Climb the stairs to the Guelph Civic Museum for a 10th anniversary, Culture Days Kick-Off Party, with live entertainment, games and CAKE! Round out the evening with a nightcap at NV Kitchen + Bar.
SATURDAY Delight in an old-fashioned breakfast at Vienna
Restaurant. Then, stroll over to Carden Street to create and participate at the Culture Hub and Makers Market at City Hall. Next up, a walk down Wilson Street to check out four newly unveiled murals, and Sudden Garden, Guelph’s newest public art installation by Robert Cram and Eldon Garnet. Snap a #guelphie in front of the #royalcitywings mural beside Guelph Farmers’ Market before venturing into the yearround, local market. Hungry? Atmosphere Café + etc can help with that! This trendy spot adorns their walls with the work of local artists and serves up delightful and delectable eats. After, take a stroll up to the Art Gallery of Guelph to tour compelling exhibitions and outdoor sculpture park. After your visit walk back downtown (or ride Guelph Transit) and treat yourself to dinner at Artisanale French Country Cooking, where food is a work of art.
Diana Downtown boasts a great brunch menu with a variety of tasty options. After, walk along Wyndham Street to visit the Family Fountain in St. George’s Square. Then, stroll up historic Quebec Street and look up to see a mural created by renowned cartoonist, Seth. Continue your stroll up to Gordon Street and then down the hill to Royal City Park. Enjoy the scenic riverside views before visiting McCrae House to hear the City’s 2019 Artist in Residence, Mallory Tolcher, share about her #GuelphMovesMe project. After you’ve fully immersed yourself in #GuelphCulture, wrap up your art-filled weekend on Royal Electric Bar & Public Eatery’s vibrant patio! 4
Bed and Breakfast Guelph Guelph is a destination with so much to offer.
There are unique restaurants, engaging festivals and a vibrant music scene, making Guelph a popular choice for visitors year-round.
Looking for lodging as charming as Guelph? The London House Bed &
Breakfast offers a unique accommodation experience. Its’ downtown location makes it ideal for visitors wanting to explore.
Old World Luxury - Urban Refinement sums up a London House guests’
experience. Set in a lovingly restored heritage home with beautiful stained
glass, high ceilings and intricate woodwork, each room is a delightful blend
of antique and modern furnishings. Choose a suite with a fireplace, balcony,
or art deco bathroom. Turn down the custom bedding, slip between line-dried sheets and drift off peacefully in a four post, wrought iron, or sleigh bed.
Wake up to the smell of specially blended London House brew and come
sit at the beautifully set table, complete with fine linen, crystal and fresh cut flowers. Begin with fresh fruit. Leisurely continue with yogurt, granola and
baked goods all made in-house, with hand-blended gluten-free flour. Daily
features are elevated cuisine, reflecting the creativity of David’s heritage and culinary experiences. Sheila’s jams and jellies sweeten the pot.
So, come visit London House Bed & Breakfast and experience superior hospitality with local flavour. www.londonhouse.ca
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Across Canada, the last weekend in September is known as Culture Days. This annual celebration of arts and culture is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and Guelph is ready for a party! The City is also participating in Culture Days’ Culture Trek initiative and invited local artist, Jessie Buchanan, a member of Aamjiwnaang First Nation, to share some itinerary ideas to showcase all that #GuelphCulture has to offer. Check out the full Culture Trek itinerary and learn more about Jessie at guelph.ca/culturedays. Jessie’s favourite places, spaces and events to fuel creative inspiration: • Art Gallery of Guelph • National Celebration of First Nations, Inuit and Métis People (June 21) • Miijidaa Café & Bistro • The Boathouse Tearoom • Art on the Street (June) • Necessary Arts Company • The Common • Guelph Studio Tour (October – weekend after Thanksgiving)
A beautiful segment of the Royal Recreational Trail system that winds along with the Speed River and bends where the two rivers converge. Points of interest: • Goldie Mill Ruins • The Covered Bridge • The Boathouse • Garbasaurus • Speed River Paddling
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Planet Bean roasts fresh organic fair trade coffee daily!
The Vegan Foodie
Come along to discover the delicious world of vegan food and some great not-to-be missed Guelph spots.
Cadence 88 Yarmouth St. Visit for a cozy, laid-back, beautifully plated brunch. Breakfast or lunch: whatever you decide, just donâ€™t skip their decadent doughnuts (new flavours every Saturday). Try This: Savoury Tofu Scramble with vegetables and the most delicious, buttery, toast ever! Boon Burger 23 Quebec St. A casual spot to satisfy all of your fast food cravings â€“ burgers, poutine, pizza, nice cream and more! New: try the infamous Beyond Meat patty here. Try This: Mouthwatering Southwest Crunch Burger with Loaded Poutine
Crafty Ramen 17 Macdonell St.
You might wait for a seat at this noodle bar, but the authentic Japanese ramen is so worth it. Everything is made in-house and will blow your taste buds away with every slurp. Try This: Umami-packed Spicy Negi with Sesame Tofu – or literally anything on their vegan menu
471 York Rd. A hidden gem no longer, this popular authentic Thai restaurant serves flavourful food made from scratch with fresh ingredients. Limited, modest dining inhouse or order takeout. Try This: Creamy, nutty Vegan Pa Nang Curry with a side of crunchy, minty fresh rolls
Retour Bistro 150 Wellington St. E. #103
Order from an impressive, ever-expanding vegan menu with Lebanese influences; and maybe take in a belly dancing show. Try This: Create-A-Pizza, made with Green Goddess Guelph’s artisanal vegan cheese – so gooey you’ll think it’s the real thing!
The Green Traveller
@project_easy_living Guelph Transit Bus @thetravellingpint, Civic Museum @guelphmuseums, Borealis Pasta Dish @Borealisguelph
Getting from A to B doesn’t need to be a burden on the planet. With an abundance to see (and eat!) in Guelph, tread lightly with public transit, and trust me when I say that the City of Guelph Transit Route 99 mainline takes you from farm to table, literally. This route is a full-circle service and will cut you through downtown (a stop that needs its own day). At the north end of the route you’ll find the Ignatius Jesuit Centre and Farm and its 15 kilometers of trails to walk, hike, snowshoe, and ski. Of course, no visit to Guelph is complete without a visit to Riverside Park that sits along the banks of the Speed River, coming together to form a naturalized landscape. Riding southbound, stop at the Guelph Civic Museum to experience Indigenizing Galt exhibition which shines a light on the founding story of Guelph and the Indigenous people of this area. A few bus stops away, is your mid-day resting spot at Earth To Table: Bread Bar, an eatery that offers a seasonal, hand-crafted menu.
Continue on your travels to the University of Guelph’s Arboretum and get lost for hours in a flora and fauna fantasy! With 400 acres of room to roam, you’ll be famished after. Hop back on the 99 to visit Borealis Grille and Bar, where the planet is a top priority and customers are encouraged to think globally and eat and drink locally. Sustainability and local craftsmanship is worth raising a glass to, so do it with their locally-sourced beers and wines. Did you know Guelph is one of the largest Canadian cities to rely almost exclusively on groundwater for its drinking water supply? Refill your bottle for free anywhere you see a BlueW logo. Come packed with your reusable bottles, straws and vessels as many places offer BYO discounts. Forgot to pack yours? Hit up Molloy’s on historic Carden Street in Downtown Guelph for plenty of low/no waste products. Don’t be green with envy. Be a green traveller.
Local Food Ambassador @100MileMark
I am an ambassador for Taste Real Local Food in Guelph and Wellington County. Enjoy my quick pix tour for a textbook eating experience on @UofG campus. The chefs at the University of Guelph have been serving the best food in the country for more than a decade and the school was recently awarded #1 food service at a Canadian University, by Maclean’s magazine (Universities Guidebook). #1 Creelman Hall @Creelman_hall For the best of #localfood on campus, visit the 100 Mile Grille. Check out the making of the famous (and one of my favourites), the Breakfast in Bread sandwich (with @ChefValerieJ), as seen on Episode 3 of @TasteDetours video series on YouTube. #2 University Centre Centre 6 If you’re searching for a flavour packed specialty lunch or dinner, look no further than inFusion kitchen. The focus is on Pan Asian ingredients but for pop-up menus… the Korean Bibimbap, Japanese Ramen and Shawarma are incredible.
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#3 Gryphs Lounge Twin Pad Arena Gryphs hits the spot, to watch nightly sports or catch a live hockey game as it overlooks the Gryphon Centre red arena. They’ve got 30 big screen TVs, wings, pizza, nachos, wraps and daily features. Local brew is on tap too! #4 Caffeine Canteen @Cafcanteen If you love food trucks and @planetbean fair trade coffee, you’ve gotta stop for a cup of #GryphonBlend and a fresh doughnut at this truck. You can also grab a Gryphon blend coffee at the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics in the Planet Bean cafe. Even better, a percentage of purchases are donated back to scholarships for Gryphons women’s varsity athletes! #5 Creelman Bake Shop #CreelmanBakeshop You won’t see this location unless you’re on a backstage tour, but you can pick-up these delicious treats sold across campus. The chefs are turning out amazing specialty baked goods like cupcakes, pies, tarts, macaroons and my favourite… brownie bites.
Fall Fun @visitguelph
Here a few of our favourite family-friendly farm fun excursions to experience this fall.
Strom’s Farm and Bakery
5089 Wellington Road 32, Guelph Strom’s farm is filled with thousands of pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and all things fall. The cornmaze, wagon rides, pumpkin chuckin’ and lots more make for a fun filled day. Don’t forget to grab a butter tarts from the bakery. strom.ca
Donkey Sanctuary of Canada
6981 Concession 4, Puslinch Take in a donkey talk and when you’re done visiting the donkeys, take a hike on our nature trails, enjoy a picnic by the pond, and perhaps finish your day with a stop at the Long Ears Boutique. thedonkeysanctuary.ca
Thatcher Farms Country Store, Bakery and Butcher Shop 5 727 5th Line, Guelph/Eramosa
The kids can run in the newly expanded children’s outdoor play area and see some animals while you enjoy a freshly baked treat or grab some fresh meat for dinner from the farm store. thatcher-farms.com
Day Trip Ideas
• Mapleton Organics • Rivers Edge Goat Dairy • Andrews Scenic Acres
Events Not to Miss Real Rural Romp * Taste September 28
Fall Fun at * Family Guelph Farmers’ Market October 19
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Eat, Shop, and Play.
Sleeman Centre: @slowpython, Lynn of Taste Detours: @tastedetours & fibe1
Come stroll the streets lined with historic limestone buildings and find that Downtown Guelph is home to a marvelous array of shops, restaurants, pubs, salons, farmers markets, events and don’t forget our smiley, enthusiastic food tour operator Lynn (Taste Detours). You can find everything you need and want from Guelph’s small business owners and champions of the “shop local” movement.
Quebec Street Open House Dec 6 Christmas Market in Old Quebec Street Shoppes Dec 6 – 8 Merry Maker Night Market at the Guelph Farmers’ Market Dec 18 Love downtown and want to stay in the loop? Follow along on
FIT @ Downtownguelph
Farmers’ Market: @speedrivercycyle
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Whether you want to embrace your inner child, or bring a child, we have some great inside activities to get you through the winter blues. Do you have the skills to escape the room? • Exitus Escape Room • Fantescapes • Khronos Gauntlet
No need for quarters at these arcades! • Crtl V – Virtual Reality Arcade • Arcade Centre at Woodlawn Bowl
start Play a good ol’ fashioned board game? • The Round Table Board Game Café & Tavern • The Boardroom Café But, I actually love the snow and want to get outside! Skating at Market Square Tobogganing at Mole Hill Cross Country Skiing at Ignatius Jesuit Centre. visitguelphwellington.ca
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