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Guelph, Ontario


Coat of arms
Nickname(s): The Royal City
Motto: Faith, Fidelity and Progress
Coordinates: 43°33′N 80°15′W / 43.55°N 80.25°W / 43.55; -80.25
Country Canada
Province Ontario
County Wellington County
City Wards 6
Founded April 23, 1827
Incorporated April 23, 1879
 - Mayor Karen Farbridge
 - Governing Body Guelph City Council
 - MPs Frank Valeriote (LPC)
 - MPPs Liz Sandals (OLP)
 - City 86.72 km2 (33.48 sq mi)
 - Urban 78.39 km2 (48.71 sq mi)
 - Metro 378.45 km2 (146.12 sq mi)
Elevation 334 m (1,096 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 - City 114,943
 Density 1,325.5/km2 (3,433.2/sq mi)
 Urban 115,635
 Metro 127,009
 - Demonym Guelphite
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code span N1C, N1E, N1G, N1H, N1K, N1L
Area code(s) 519, 226
Website City of Guelph website

Coordinates: 43°33′N 80°15′W / 43.55°N 80.25°W / 43.55; -80.25

Guelph (pronounced /ˈɡwɛlf/) is a city located in the Southwestern region of Ontario, Canada. Known as "The Royal City", Guelph is roughly 28 kilometres (17 mi) east of Kitchener-Waterloo and 100 kilometres (62 mi) west of downtown Toronto at the intersection of Highway 6 and Highway 7. It is the seat of Wellington County, but as a separated municipality, the city is not part of the county. As one entity, Guelph and Wellington County have a population of 200,425.[2]

Because of its low crime rates, clean environment and generally high standard of living, Guelph is consistently rated as one of the country's most livable cities.[3][4]



An 1855 map of Guelph.

Before colonization, the area was considered by the surrounding indigenous communities to be a "neutral" zone. On selected dates members from these communities would meet and trade goods by the Speed River.[citation needed]

Guelph was selected as the headquarters of the Canada Company, a British development firm, by its Canadian superintendent John Galt, a popular Scottish novelist who designed the town to attract settlers to it and to the surrounding countryside.[5]

Galt designed the town to resemble a European city centre, complete with squares, broad main streets and narrow side streets, resulting in a variety of block sizes and shapes which is still in place today.[6] The street plan was designed to resemble a lady's fan, many of the streets forming triangles (the segments of the fan)[citation needed]. This technique had been used in other planned towns such as Buffalo, New York.[5] Guelph was founded on St. George's Day, April 23, 1827, the feast day of the patron saint of England.[6] The town was named to honour Britain's royal family, the Hanoverians, who were descended from the Guelfs, the ancestral family of George IV, the reigning British monarch; thus the nickname The Royal City. The directors of the Canada Company had actually wanted the city to be named Goderich, but reluctantly accepted the fait accompli.

The city is home to the University of Guelph and Sleeman Breweries Ltd.. The Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), the oldest part of University of Guelph, began in 1873 as an associate agricultural college of the University of Toronto. Guelph's most famous landmark is the Church of Our Lady Immaculate.

Geography and climate


Topography and water courses

Downtown Guelph is situated above the confluence of the Speed and Eramosa, which have numerous tributaries. The Speed River enters from the north and the Eramosa River from the east; the two rivers meet below downtown and continue southwest. There are also many creeks and rivers creating large tracts of densely forested ravines, and providing ideal sites for parks and recreational trails. The city is built on many drumlins and buried waterways, the most famous being an underground creek flowing below the Albion Hotel, once the source of water used to brew beer.


Climate data for Guelph
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.9
Average high °C (°F) -3.7
Average low °C (°F) -11.4
Record low °C (°F) -34.4
Precipitation mm (inches) 56.4
Source: Environment Canada[7] 2009-29-10

The weather and climate of that region of Ontario is moderate in both summer and winter. However, due to its location close to other moderate or major cities (Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Toronto and the GTA) Guelph experiences the highest percentage of acid rain downfall in all of Ontario and the area is prone to severe weather causing high winds in summer, due to its location on the Lake Breeze Front.


Manufacturing is a leading sector, accounting for 18 per cent of employment.[8]

The City of Guelph's Economic Development Strategy identified life science, agri-food and biotechnology firms, environmental management and technology companies as growth industries on which to focus economic development activities.[9]

Guelph's major employers include the University of Guelph, Linamar Corporation, and Sleeman Breweries among others.


Ethnic Origin Population Percent
English 36,975 31.93%
Canadian 36,845 31.82%
Scottish 27,875 24.07%
Irish 24,445 21.11%
German 14,505 12.52%
Italian 11,135 9.61%

Guelph is the fourth fastest growing city in Canada with a population growth rate of about 2% per year. Guelph's current population is estimated to be around 127,872 and is projected to have a population around 175,000-195,000 by the year 2027. Population varies throughout the year because of variations in the University of Guelph student population.[10]

The 2001 census indicates 117,344 people residing in Guelph, of whom 49.1% were male and 50.9% were female. Children under five accounted for approximately 6.2% of the resident population of Guelph, whereas 12.2% of the resident population in Guelph were of retirement age. The average age is 35.7 years of age. In the five years between 1996 and 2001, the population of Guelph grew by 10.7%. Population density of Guelph averaged 310.1 people per square kilometre.

Historically, Guelph's population has been principally British in origin, with 92% in 1880 and 87% in 1921.[5]

Now, some 10 percent of the resident population described themselves as visible minorities, predominantly South Asian mostly of Afghan, Indian and Pakistani origin: 2.43%, Chinese: 2.42%, Black Canadian/African Canadians: 1.25%, and many others including Filipino, Vietnamese and Arab. The city is mostly Christian: 74.17%, almost evenly split among Protestants and Roman Catholics. The largest non-Christian religion is Buddhism: 1.45%, followed by Islam, and Hinduism.[11]


There are two public school boards that operate inside the city. The Upper Grand District School Board administers all of Wellington County, as well as adjacent Dufferin County, while the Wellington Catholic District School Board administers Catholic education in Wellington County, including Guelph.

Secondary schools

Due to the presence of two different school boards, Guelph has numerous elementary and secondary schools. The secondary schools are as follows:



Post-secondary institutions

Public library system

The original Carnegie library in Guelph.

Although a private library had existed since 1832, a public library did not exist in Guelph until 1882, when the Free Libraries Act allowed municipalities to operate libraries. After occupying premises near City Hall, it moved into an Andrew Carnegie-funded building in 1905[12], which was eventually demolished in 1964. The current main branch building was opened in 1965.[13] The Guelph Public Library currently has five branches, and also serves as the unofficial repository for records created by the City of Guelph.



Guelph City Hall at Night, Guelph, ON

The city is a single-tier municipality governed by a mayor-council system. The structure of the municipal government is stipulated by the Ontario Municipal Act of 2001. There are currently 12 councillors and a mayor, with 2 councillors representing each of the six wards.

The mayor and members of the city council serve four-year terms without term limits, with the next election in November 2010. Prior to the 2006 election, the mayor and city councillors served three-year terms.

Guelph City Council is responsible for policy and decision making, monitoring the operation and performance of the city, analyzing and approving budgets and determining spending priorities.

In 2006, Karen Farbridge defeated incumbent mayor Kate Quarrie, 51% to 35% along with 8 new City councilors who replaced many of the long-time council members.


Guelph occupies a single provincial riding of the same name, and is currently represented in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario by Liz Sandals, a member of the ruling Ontario Liberal Party.


Guelph also occupies a federal riding of the same name, and has been represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of Canada by Frank Valeriote of the Liberal Party of Canada since 2008.


Church of Our Lady, above city
Old flood-control embankment, Gordon St bridge
Riparian restoration

Historic sites

  • Downtown Guelph: Many downtown streets are lined with Victorian era buildings, which are now well over a century old.
  • Guelph Civic Museum, a museum located near Downtown Guelph. At Guelph Civic Museum one can find pictures, films and other antique materials related to the historic development of the City of Guelph at a 1850- three-story Guelph limestone building.

National Historic Sites

Outdoor attractions

Most of the natural attractions of Guelph are located beside the two rivers which pass inside the city, Speed River and Eramosa River.

  • Guelph Lake
  • University of Guelph Arboretum
  • Riverside Park, located beside the Speed River at north of Guelph
  • York Road Park
  • Hanlon Creek Park (Preservation Park)
  • Royal City Park and Wellington Street nature sites
  • Exhibition Park (the oldest park in Guelph)

Indoor Sports Facilities

Arts facilities

The Macdonald Stewart Art Centre serves the community by providing a balanced program of temporary exhibitions of contemporary and historical art, craft and design drawn from regional, national and international sources. As the major public collection in this area, the collection is presented through specialized exhibitions.

The Bookshelf Ebar Art Space showcases monthly exhibits of local and regional artists. It functions as Guelph's main alternative art space located in the downtown core.

Ed Video Media Arts Centre is one of Canada's leading artist-run centres devoted to the proliferation and appreciation of Canadian media art and film, and is the main driving force behind a growing movement of professional filmmakers within the region. Ed Video carries out an ongoing monthly programming schedule of regional and national media art.

The River Run Centre, opened in 1997, serves as Guelph's premier performing arts centre. Encompassing three separate halls (including Canada Company Hall, Co-operators Hall, and the 785-seat Main Stage), River Run has played host to corporate functions, as well as dramatic and musical performances.

The Guelph Youth Music Centre is a permanent facility in which Guelph youth can participate in music and arts education and activities. In 1992, the former Heritage Seed Company along the Speed River was purchased by the City of Guelph and turned over to the GYMC under a long-term lease. Following an extensive renovation, GYMC opened their new facility in September 2001. The Centre includes a beautiful 180-seat Recital Hall, a dance studio and 15 rehearsal and teaching studios. The Centre provids a forum for affordable leadership, teaching, rehearsal and performance for hundreds of local music and arts students.


Music has always played a large part in the lives of people living in Guelph. From a Bell Organ factory to the opera singer Edward Johnson, Guelph has been a source of musical contribution. Today, Guelph is particularly notable for its indie rock scene, which has spawned some of Canada's more notable indie bands, including King Cobb Steelie, Royal City, The Constantines, Jim Guthrie, The Barmitzvah Brothers, Elbow Beach Surf Club, Flashlight Brown, Green Go, The D'Urbervilles, the kramdens, Razor, Red Rosary, The Folk and Arise and Ruin.

Guelph is also home to the Hillside Festival, a hugely popular music festival held at Guelph island during the summer, as well as the Guelph Jazz Festival[14].

Sports teams

The Guelph Storm at home ice in 2006.
Club League Sport Venue Established Championships
Guelph Storm Ontario Hockey League Hockey Sleeman Centre 1991
Guelph Royals Intercounty Baseball League Baseball David E. Hastings Stadium at Exhibition Park (Guelph) 1919 8
Guelph Gryphons Canadian Interuniversity Sport University W.F. Mitchell Centre and Alumni Stadium 1874 0
Guelph Regals Ontario Lacrosse Association Lacrosse Victoria Road Recreation Centre 1992 1
Guelph Rangers Kitchener District Soccer League Soccer Centennial Park and Guelph Lake Sports Fields circa 1985 3
Guelph Underdogs SC Conestoga College Indoor Soccer League Soccer Conestoga College Recreational Centre 2004 0
Guelph Hurricanes Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League Hockey Victoria Road Recreation Centre 1963 0
Guelph Bears Ontario Varsity Football League Football John Ross High School and University of Guelph's Alumni Stadium 1997 0
Guelph Gargoyles Ontario Australian Football League Australian Football Magaret Green Park 2001 0

Guelph also has a very active lawn bowling club which is a member of District 7 of the Ontario Lawn Bowling Association. More information about the Guelph LBC may be obtained by going to this District 7 website.


  • Guelph Mercury, Guelph's daily newspaper.
  • Guelph Tribune, Twice-weekly community newspaper.
  • Echo Weekly, Regional alternative newspaper serving Guelph and area.
  • The Ontarion The University of Guelph's student newspaper is published weekly and distributed throughout the city.
  • The Record- A Kitchener-Waterloo newspaper that also covers Guelph and area.
City weblogs



Guelph Transit provides local transportation around the city. On June 20, 2007 Guelph Transit launched a web-based system known as Next Bus[15]. Global positioning satellites (GPS) technology and advanced computer modeling provide riders via the Internet, handheld devices (including Palms, Blackberries, and Web-capable cellular phones), or their telephones to receive accurate, real-time arrival and departure information. Intercity connections are made at the Guelph Bus Terminal.

GO Transit also provides service to both the University and the city's bus station via rapid transit buses.


Guelph Train Station

Guelph was the first municipality in Canada to have its own federally chartered railway, the Guelph Junction Railway. This 16-mile link to the CPR is still municipally owned.

VIA Rail provides daily passenger rail service from the railway station to London and Toronto. The Goderich-Exeter Railway and Guelph Junction Railway provide freight service.


Twin cities


Notable people associated with Guelph:

See also


  1. ^ "Community highlights for Guelph". Community profiles. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Community Profile for Wellington". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  3. ^ "Canada's Best Places to Live". Canadian Business Online. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b c Stelter, G.A.. "Guelph". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  6. ^ a b "History of Guelph". City of Guelph. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  7. ^ Environment CanadaCanadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 29 October 2009
  8. ^ "Canada Votes 2006". 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  9. ^ "The Focus on Sectors". City of Guelph. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  10. ^ Craig Manley, Manager of Policy Planning. "Fact Sheet:Population Growth". City of Guelph. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  11. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  12. ^ "Guelph Public Library archival photographs collection". Guelph Public Library. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  13. ^ "Our History". Guelph Public Library. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  14. ^ Guelph Jazz Festival
  15. ^ City of Guelph

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Guelph [1] is a city in Southwestern Ontario, situated along the banks of the Speed River less than an hour's drive west of Toronto. It is nicknamed The Royal City, as its name comes from the imperial House of Guelph that once ruled Great Britain. The city is home to the University of Guelph [2], one of Canada's premier research universities. Guelph is known for its beautiful limestone architecture, vibrant culture and a variety of festivals. It is also considered one of the most liveable cities in Canada, with a low crime rates, a clean environment and a relatively high standard of living. To contact the City of Guelph Tourism Services division [3], call 1-800-334-4519.

Get in

By car

From Highway 401:

  • Take exit 295, Highway 6 North, the Hanlon Expressway; for downtown, exit at Wellington St., to Wyndham; for University of Guelph, exit at Stone Road, or College Road to Gordon St.
  • Alternately, take exit 299, Brock Rd. (also known as "old Highway 6") north through the village of Aberfoyle, becomes Gordon St at the Guelph city limits. The University of Guelph will be on your right after Stone Rd.; Gordon Street becomes Wyndham St. in downgown Guelph. This route is more direct and more scenic; however, it's slower than taking the Hanlon.

From Highway 6, Hamilton and Niagara, alternatively continue through the village of Morriston; then, either take Highway 401 West to exit 295, or take Brock Rd. north as above.

Two other surface highways run through Guelph: Highway 7, that links Guelph with Kitchener-Waterloo and Stratford in the west and Brampton and the GTA in the east, and Wellington Street/Eramosa Road (formerly Highway 24), which links Guelph with Brantford and Cambridge in the south and Erin and Caledon in the north.

  • VIA Rail, 79 Carden St (Corner of Wyndham), 1-888-842-7245, [4]. Operates trains through Guelph, between Sarnia and Toronto [5]. At Toronto, one can transfer for access from the rest of the VIA system.  edit
    • Westbound trains from Toronto take 70–75 minutes to arrive in Guelph, arriving at 12:11PM, 6:55PM, and Sunday–Friday 11:13PM.
    • Eastbound trains take about 3 hours from Sarnia or 2 hours from London, arriving in Guelph at 9:38AM, 10:00PM, and Monday–Friday 7:07AM. One can also arrive from Windsor by transferring at London.
  • Greyhound [6] operates buses to/from Toronto, 15 times daily ($23.35 one-way, $11 student). Guelph Bus Terminal is in on Macdonell St. in downtown Guelph.
  • Coach Canada[7] operates buses to/from Hamilton ($11.40 one-way).
  • GO Transit [8] operates buses to/from Yorkdale and York Mills subway stations in Toronto, Bramalea GO station, Brampton GO station and Georgetown GO station (to the Guelph Bus Terminal) and to/from Square One and Cooksville GO in Mississauga (to Guelph University). These are cheaper than Greyhound ($11.05) but slower and a transfer is required if going from/to downtown Toronto.
  • The Red Car Service[9] provides front door service from Guelph and surrounding areas to and from Pearson International Airport[10], Region of Waterloo International Airport[11], Hamilton International Airport[12] and Buffalo Niagara International Airport[13].

Get around

While Guelph is starting to experience some urban sprawl, especially in the south of the city, it is still a fairly compact city and traffic is rarely too busy. So, travelling by car is generally a fast option. There is ample parking in the downtown (city-owned lots are on Baker, Macdonell, and Wilson Streets, and there is lots of street parking) that is free on evenings and Sundays and reasonably-priced at other times (the lots charge $1.50 per hour from 8:00AM to 6:00PM Monday–Friday, and a flat rate of $2 on Saturday).

Walking or cycling are also reasonable options for destinations within walking or cycling distance.

Guelph Transit [14] operates buses within the city. The hub of the transit network is St. George's Square in Downtown Guelph. Buses on most routes depart from the Square on the hour and 20 and 40 minutes after the hour Monday to Friday from 5:40AM to 6:20PM, and run on a 30 minute service evenings and weekends, departing from the Square at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour. Bus fare is $2.50.

Guelph has 2 main cab companies:

  • Canadian Cab (88 Macdonell Street, 519-824-3110)
  • Red Top Taxi (77 Macdonell Street, 519-821-1700)
  • Timberframe pedestrian covered bridge. Built in 1992 by 400 Timber Framers Guild volunteers. A 120' pedestrian lattice covered bridge over the Speed River.
  • Church of Our Lady Immaculate, 28 Norfolk Street. [15] Stands high above the streetscape, overlooking the city. Built of local limestone in Gothic Revival style. Construction began 1877, completed in 1926.
  • McCrae House, 108 Water St., [16]. 1:00 PM–5:00 PM daily (closed Saturdays in December–June). This small limestone cottage, the birthplace of John McCrae, author of In Flanders Fields, is now a museum that interprets McCrae's life. A National Historic Site.  edit
  • MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, 358 Gordon Street. [17] Public art gallery houses an extensive collection of Canadian Art, including Inuit artists, as well as an outdoor sculpture park.
  • Guelph Civic Museum, 6 Dublin Street South. [18] Highlights Guelph's history from pre-settlement to present. Also houses the Rogers Yahoo! Hi-Speed Internet Growing Up in Guelph Children's Museum.
  • The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec St., (519) 821-3311, [19]. Downtown rep cinema shows slightly more unusual movies than elsewhere and also has a cafe, restaurant, bar (eBar), and bookstore in the same building.  edit
  • University of Guelph Arboretum, [20] 165 hectares (408 acres) with 8.2 km of trails.
  • Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, [21] Avant-garde choreography performed by high-calibre dancers.
  • Guelph and District Multicultural Festival, [22] Celebrate the city's diversity with performances, food, crafts and more.
  • Hillside Music Festival, [23] This 3-day, 5 stage event had an eclectic mix of musical genres from folk to hip-hop, blues to reggae, Celtic to Funk in a refreshingly non-commercial environment.
  • Guelph Jazz Festival, [24] Innovative jazz and creative improvised music in a community setting.
  • College Royal, [25] The largest university open house of its kind in North America.
  • River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street.[26] Guelph's premiere performing arts centre in the heart of downtown. Features an exciting line-up of professional performances as well as community arts events.
  • Guelph Arts Council - Historical Walking Tours, [27] Trace Guelph's history and view its beautiful architecture with five popular, award-winning tours. Tours run on selected Sundays from April to October. Companion booklets of each tour are available at The Bookshelf for $5.
  • Victoria Park East Golf Club, 1096 Victoria Road South.[28] One of the region's finest championship-length golf courses.
  • Sleeman Centre, 50 Woolwich Street.[29] Guelph's largest and most modern sports and events arena, featuring seating for 4000, private suites, VIP seating areas, 300 seat full-service sports bar and restaurant.
  • Guelph Lake Conservation Area, 7743 Conservation Drive. [30] Camping, hiking, fishing, swimming and sailing are only some of the activities you can take part in at Guelph Lake, part of the Grand River Conservation Authority.
  • Guelph Junction Express, 1-877-823-9799 [31] Dinner, brunch and sightseeing rail excursions between Guelph and Campbellville
  • Macondo Books, 18 Wilson Street. A used bookstore.
  • Dutch Toko, 118 Wyndham Street North sells Dutch foods.
  • Kama Designs, Kama means bed. They sell sheets, furniture, futons, duvets, lamps, curtains, crates, rugs, vases…almost everything in the store. [32]
  • IF Footwear Boutique, 42 Wyndham Street North [33]. Top designer shoes and boots for every foot in every season. Handbags and more as well as footwear.
  • Creative Edge, 9 Quebec Street. 519-824-5350. Rustic gifts and furniture, many unique pieces by local artists.
  • MEOW!, 10 Carden Street 519-821-7442. Guelph's funkiest consignment shop, with new and vintage clothes to choose from.
  • Wyndham Art Supplies, 125 Wyndham Street, [34]. Art supplies, classes for all ages and more.  edit
  • Stone Road Mall, 435 Stone Road [35]. Guelph's largest mall, housing over 140 different shops and services and a large foodcourt.
  • Guelph Farmers' Market 2 Gordon Street [36]. Open year round. Local meats, vegetables, dairy products, local and organic foods, unique arts and crafts, and a great sense of community all in one place. Over 180 years old. Open Saturdays 7AM–12noon.
  • Simply Wonderful Toys 10 Paisley Street, in the Royal Plaza 519-824-5682. Toys for every age.
  • ...And Venus Smiled, 55 Wyndham Street North (old Quebec Street Shops, downtown Guelph), 519-821-5846, [37]. An award winning consignment shop for women offering recent pre-loved styles and a multitude of accessories, footwear, handbags and jewellery. A dash of Victorian bordello in downtown Guelph!  edit
  • Wild Rose Consignment Clothing, 23a Macdonell St (Down the road from the famous Church of Our Lady), 519 763-2233, [38]. Monday-Sunday. Woman's Consignment Clothing. Funky to Formal Casual to Career. Readers Choice award winner, Guelph Mercury and Tribune.  edit


With Guelph being situated in the heart of Southwestern Ontario's agricultural country, many of the local restaurants and pubs emphasize cooking with local foods in season. Guelph's vibrant multicultural community is represented by several local eateries, making Guelph an excellent spot to sample ethnic foods.

  • Artisanale Cafe, 37 Quebec Street, 519-821-3359. Upscale local, seasonal, organic fare with a French twist.
  • Bollywood Bistro, 51 Cork Street East downtown. Excellent South Asian food.
  • The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham Street North. has vegetarian food, beer and coffee.
  • The Boathouse Tea Room, 116 Gordon Street. Traditional high tea. Ice cream parlour. Lovely setting next to the Speed River. [39]
  • Woolwich Arms & Arrow, 176 Woolwich Street, 519-836-2875, [40]. Noon–1AM. Located in a beautiful former Victorian house, this pub emphasises local brews. Cozy atmosphere. Was listed on All About Beer magazine's list of 125 places in the world where you should have a beer before you die.  edit
  • The Albion Hotel, 49 Norfolk Street, [41]. Located in an 1856 hotel built of limestone, the hotel holds the second-oldest liquor licence in Ontario.  edit
  • Frank and Steins
  • Vinyl
  • Doogies
  • Manhattans
  • Jimmy Jazz
  • Trappers/Palace/Underground
  • McCabe's
  • Molly Bloom's
  • Van Gogh's Ear
  • Bobby O'Brien's, 90 Macdonnell Street (in downtown), 519-763-0043. Irish pub with wide selection of beer on tap and wonderful kitchen of fantastic eats.  edit
  • Ragin Caygeons, 166 Wyndham Street North, [42]. A country music bar (although Top 40 is played on Fridays). Inexpensive drinks.  edit


Guelph offers a wealth of places to stay. From familiar large chain hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts you'll be able to find a comfortable place to hang your hat.

  • Comfort Inn Guelph, 480 Silvercreek Parkway, [43]. Free Comfort Sunshine Breakfast, free wireless internet, common room with patio and barbecue. Pets welcome.
  • Days Inn Guelph, 785 Gordon Street, [44]. Free Continental breakfast. Wheelchair accessible rooms available. Located near the University of Guelph.
  • Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre, 50 Stone Road West, [45]. Located across the street from the University of Guelph. Deluxe king and luxury suites available. Licensed restaurant with outdoor patio, wheelchair accessible rooms available, conference facilities with wireless, pets welcome.
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, 35 Cowan Place, [46]. Located in the Hanlon Business Park, just off the 401. Complimentary high-speed internet, free continental breakfast, 24-hour business centre, lounge, meeting space, pool with waterslide, whirlpool and fitness facilities. Wheelchair accessible rooms available.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, Guelph, 725 Imperial Road North, [47]. Located in the North end of Guelph near Elora, Fergus, St. Jacobs and Elmira. Attractions packages available for African Lion Safari, Wings of Paradise and more. Romantic getaway packages available as well. Free "On the House" Hot Breakfast, 32" flat panel LCD TV in all guest rooms, banquet/meeting space for 150, business centre, fitness centre, indoor heated saltwater swimming pool, Jacuzzi spa, free high-speed Internet.
  • Holiday Inn Express - Hotel & Suites, Guelph, 540 Silvercreek Parkway North [48]. Complimentary Express Start "hot" buffet breakfast. Indoor pool, hot tub, fitness and business centre, free high-speed internet access. Located near Elora, Fergus, St. Jacobs/Elmira. Wheelchair accessible rooms available.
  • Holiday Inn Guelph, 601 Scottsdale Drive [49]. Full service hotel, with complimentary high-speed internet and business centre. Indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna and fitness facilities available. Executive floor with king beds, microwaves, minifridges and other amenities. Gazebo's restaurant and lounge. Located near University of Guelph and Stone Road Mall. Over 10,000 square feet of banquet space perfect for hosting special events. Pets welcome.
  • The Maples Inn II, 25 Welinton Street West, [50]. Fully furnished suites for short or long term needs. Reasonable rates without a lease. All suites have a fully equipped kitchen and 5 piece bathroom. Pets welcome.
  • Ramada Guelph, 716 Gordon Street [51]. Located adjacent to the University of Guelph and government offices. Renovated ballroom, meeting rooms, bold new lobby. Guest facilities include Gordon Restaurant, Library Lounge and outdoor swimming pool. Pets welcome.
  • Staybridge Suites Guelph, 11 Corporate Court, [52] Located in the Hanlon Business Park, just off the 401. Extended-stay executive hotel. Fully-equipped kitchens, complimentary hot/cold buffet breakfast, 24-hour business centre, complimentary wired/wireless internet. Movie theatre, complimentary guest laundry, heated indoor pool/fitness, grocery service, golf putting green, barbecue. Wheelchair accessible rooms available. Pets welcome.
  • Super 8 Motel Guelph, 281 Woodlawn Road West [53]. Complimentary hot and cold breakfast, wireless high-speed internet, room service, fridge and microwave, queen and king size beds. Whirlpool suites available. Wheelchair accessible rooms available. Pets welcome.
  • Travelodge Inn & Suites, 106 Carden Street, [54]. Located downtown. Compliemtnary deluxe continental breakfast. Apartment-style units for long-term rentals. Onsite meeting facilities. Free downtown parking.
  • Norfolk Upscale Accommodations—102 Eramosa Road, 519-767-1095. Norfolk Guest House offers a personal alternative to a hotel. Ideally located in the heart of downtown Guelph Ontario, the Norfolk Guest House is an award-winning up-scale accommodation option. We are within easy walking distance to fine restaurants, unique shops, pubs, the River Run performing arts center; and just a few minutes drive to the University of Guelph.
  • At Wakefield House Bed & Breakfast—11 Graham Street, 519-822-1479. [55] Conveniently situated near the University of Guelph and historic downtown. A unique, affordable alternative to hotel lodging. Beautifully appointed rooms and scrumptious breakfasts.
  • London House Bed & Breakfast—80 London Road West, 1-877-836-6874/519-824-6874. [56] Outstanding accommodation in a beautifully renovated heritage home, situated in a prestigious and historic neighbourhood. Graciously appointed rooms with views overlooking Exhibition Park. Bountiful breakfast with many wholesome specialties, including handmade breads and house preserves.
  • Lyon's Den Bed & Breakfast—18 University Avenue East, 519-821-2556. [57] Luxury and Comfort with a view. Across the street from the University of Guelph, backing onto the Cutten Club Golf Course. Air conditioned, wireless internet, parking, TV.
  • Willow Manor—408 Willow Road, 1-866-763-3574/519-763-3574. [58] Award winning 1851 stone manor on 2.5 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, with outdoor swimming pool. Delicious breakfast served daily with locally produced foods and scones baked daily.
  • Guelph Lake Conservation Area - 7743 Conservation Road, 1-800-ONT-CAMP/519-824-5061. [59] 4000 acre park with camping, hiking and other activities. Five kilometre long lake is great for fishing, swimming and sailing.

Get out

Guelph Lake rents canoes in the summer. There is also canoe and kayak rental at the Speed River, next to the aforementioned Boathouse. The beautiful Elora Gorge is nearby, as is the Rockwood Conservation Area. There are spectacular trails through the city, and a free summer series of concerts downtown.

The world-famous Jazz Festival takes place the first week of September.

Routes through Guelph
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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

GUELPH, a city of Ontario, Canada, 45 m. W. of Toronto, on the river Speed and the Grand Trunk and Canadian Pacific railways. Pop. (1901) 11,496. It is the centre of a fine agricultural district, and exports grain, fruit and live-stock in large quantities. It contains, in addition to the county and municipal buildings, the Ontario Agricultural College, which draws students from all parts of North and South America. The river affords abundant water-power for flour-mills, saw-mills, woollen-mills and numerous factories, of which agricultural implements, sewing machines and musical instruments are the chief.

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Alternative spellings

  • Guelf




Guelph (plural Guelphs)

  1. A member of a medieval Italian faction that supported the Pope in a long struggle against the Ghibellines and the German emperors
  2. The city Guelph, Ontario, Canada



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