Welcome to Guelph
Rich heritage and culture combined with progressive economic and environmental development
aterfront parks, greenspaces and recreational facilities promise year-round fun for people of all ages. Its downtown core, anchored by a majestic landmark and a long-established farmers’ market, is alive with activity. A diverse business sector and prominent Canadian university bode well for its continued growth. And with easy access to Hwy. 401 and other major roadways, it’s ideal for today’s onthe-go lifestyle. Welcome to Guelph, Ont., a city established in 1827 by John Galt at the junction of the Eramosa and Speed Rivers that’s now home to 118,000 residents and counting.
Central to this family-friendly community is a delightful downtown where historic buildings such as The Church of Our Lady – circa 1888 and whose steeples are visible from many parts of the city – pleasantly mingle with an enticing array of shops, restaurants and services, from unique clothiers and spas to out-of-the-way bistros. At the nearby River Run Centre, a magnificent performing arts venue set along the banks of the Speed River, residents enjoy world-class music, dance, comedy and live theatre. Many of these same residents reserve their Saturday mornings for a trip to the Guelph Farmers’ Market. A focal point of the downtown for more than 180 years, this year-round tradition has long been a go-to place for fresh fruit and vegetables, quality meats and cheese, baked goods and preserves and delicious food prepared by market vendors. Also in downtown Guelph are the Sleeman Centre (home to the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm and local concert, family activity and sporting event hotspot), the Old Quebec Street Mall and the Guelph Civic Museum. Outside the downtown core, many parks, trails and conservation areas offer a breath of fresh air while indoor facilities such as the Victoria Road Recreation
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